Belle Vernon Area edges rival Ringgold in overtime
The last time Belle Vernon Area and Ringgold got together on the hardwood, it was the Leopards coming out on top with a 23 point (62-39) win.
This time, it was a lot closer, but unfortunately for the Rams, the result remained the same.
BVA's Jason Capco scored a game-high 28 points, outdueling Ringgold's Dayshore Majors by a single point, in leading the Leps to a 69-65 overtime win in Section 4 AAA play.
“The sign of a team that's improving is that you start to win those close games,” BVA coach Kyle DeGregorio said. “We're 7-5, but this is the first really close game that we had. So it's really encouraging to see.”
Capco put up 13 of his points in the third quarter as BVA overcame a four-point halftime deficit.
Majors scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half.
While Capco and Majors were exchanging points, it was the role players who did their job for the Leopards.
Travis Snyder scored 19 points for the Leopards, nailing five 3-pointers, and Phil Baldini added 17 points with five coming in overtime.
As a team, the Leopards (7-5, 3-3) hit nine 3-pointers.
“Travis got us off to a really good start,” DeGregorio said of the junior. “He made three in a row in the first quarter.”
DeGregorio was really impressed with Baldini's play Friday.
With Phil, it wasn't the points,” the first-year coach said. “He made some really great decisions down the stretch and his on-the-ball defense on (Majors) was outstanding.
“Phil really made things difficult for him in the last four minutes and in overtime.”
Majors, who was scoreless in the fourth quarter, ended up fouling out of the contest with 17 seconds remaining in overtime.
George Martin scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and overtime for the Rams (2-10, 1-5), while teammate Dakota Browning scored eight of his 12 points over the same stretch.
Ringgold will host Connellsville today at 1:30 p.m. in a nonsection contest, while the Leopards jump back into section play Monday when they host Thomas Jefferson.
Charleroi 70,Bentworth 50
Charleroi outscored Bentworth 40-24 in the second half en route to a 70-50 Section 5 AA win.
Ryan Konek and Evan Anderson each scored a team-high 14 points, with Anderson nailing four 3-pointers for the Cougars. Dakota Moorer (13) and John Arnold (10) also combined for 23 points for Charleroi (7-4, 5-1).
Bentworth was led by Angelo Rios-Lopez, who scored a game-high 16 points.
The Bearcats (1-11, 1-7) are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak.
Charleroi resumes play Sunday at Cal U's convocation center, where they will take on South Allegheny (10-4) in the Martin Luther King Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Bentworth travels to West Greene on Tuesday.
Jeff-Morgan 53,California 52
Rece Henneman's 40-footer at the buzzer lifted the Rockets to an important Section 5 AA win over California Area.
“We missed two free throws with about seven seconds left; they got the rebound and he took about two steps over half court and hit the shot,” Cal coach Bruno Pappasergi said. “The first quarter probably cost us the game, though.”
The Trojans (5-8, 3-4) found themselves trailing by as many as 12 early in the second quarter and were finally able to take the lead in the second half, up until the final horn sounded and Henneman's shot went in.
Demetri Clements led the way for Cal with 16 points, while Aaron Previsky and Malik Jackson added 12 and 10 points respectively.
Henneman scored a game-high 19 for the Rockets (7-8, 4-4), who now lead the Trojans by a half game in the standings.
Austin Clark (18) and Christian Randolph (12) combined for 30 points for Jefferson-Morgan.
Steel Valley 82,Elizabeth Forward 63
The Warriors suffered their first defeat in Section 4 AAA at the hands of the host Ironmen.
Dom Keyes led the way for Steel Valley (10-2, 5-2) scoring a game-high 21 points, while Ajan Smith added 21 and Derek Taylor netted 18 points.
Austin Matta shared game-high honors with Keyes scoring 21 for the Warriors. Jalen French (15) and JaQuan Davidson (11) combined for 26 points for Elizabeth Forward (13-2, 6-1).
The Warriors host West Mifflin Tuesday in a section matchup.
Frazier 60,Beth-Center 48
The Commodores clamped down on defense, holding the Bulldogs to 15 points in the second half as they took control of the Section 5-AA contest.
Alvin Ross' 16 points led a quartet of Frazier players in double figures.
Charlie Manack added 14 points; Roger Cline scored 11 and Tyler Kennedy added 10 for the Commodores.
Adam Walters, Brody McDonnell and Dean Holt each scored 11 points for Beth-Center (4-9, 3-5).
Frazier (10-4. 6-1) has now won eight straight games and nine of its last 10. The Commodores resume 5-AA play Tuesday at California.
Greensburg Salem 57,Yough 37
The Cougars stumbled out of the gate, scoring only 11 points in the first half in their Section 3 AAA contest at Greensburg Salem.
Josh Sterner's game-high 13 points led the way for Yough (4-12, 1-6).
Max Ponzurick scored a team-high 12 points for the Lions (7-8, 4-3).
GirlsMonessen 41,Clairton 29
Mariha Johnson scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as Monessen (3-8, 2-2) knocked off winless Clairton (0-10, 0-3) in a chippy 4-A contest.
Terraee Bradford added 15 points for the Lady Greyhounds, with 13 of those coming in the second half.
The Lady Bears were led by Malaysha Pettiford (15) and Dayshawn Stewart (14).
Clairton committed three technical fouls, an intentional foul and had one player ejected from the game.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.