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Uniontown boys wrap up Section 3-AAA title

| Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 10:57 p.m.
Lori Padilla | For the Daily Courier
Uniontown's Jordan Pratt (right) looks to make a play while being defended by Mt. Pleasant's Dante Porter during a Section 3-AAA game on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at Uniontown High School. Pratt reached the 1,000-point mark in the Uniontown victory.

In a season packed with impressive wins, Tuesday's triumph certainly will be one to remember for the Uniontown boys basketball team.

Playing in front of their home crowd, the Red Raiders played a dominating game and rolled to an 84-37 victory over Mt. Pleasant. Highlighting the victory was a 12-point effort from Uniontown senior Jordan Pratt, who drained a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

“I'm really exciting about being in the 1,000-point club,” Pratt said. “It's a big accomplishment and I'm glad to be a part of it.”

The win also clinched the Section 3-AAA title for the Red Raiders (18-1, 11-0). Uniontown has shared the title in each of the past three seasons, but this season, it belongs solely to them thanks to a clean sweep of the season series over the second-place Vikings (12-6, 9-2).

“That clinches the section, and these kids have won four (section titles) in a row,” Uniontown coach Rob Kezmarsky said. “We don't take that for granted. I want the kids to enjoy this.”

Kezmarsky also noted that this section crown gives the Uniontown boys basketball program 47 section titles in its history.

This one came in dominating fashion. The Red Raiders came out flying. Uniontown scored on its first five possessions and never looked back, racing out to a 29-4 lead in the first quarter. Kezmarsky liked what he saw from his team as the playoffs draw closer.

“We haven't played real well in the first quarter lately,” Kezmarsky said. “But now every possession counts.”

Uniontown's offense was matched by its defense.

“We knew they would go with the two-two-one press, and we just turned the ball over,” Mt. Pleasant coach Tony Splendore said. “Their full-court press took us out of our rhythm.”

Joe Campbell led Uniontown with 16 points, followed by Lyric Ellis with 15. Marcus Malara led the Vikings with 11 points.

Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at jblack@tribweb.com.

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