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PIAA boys basketball roundup: Chartiers Valley pulls out first-round victory

| Friday, March 7, 2014, 10:27 p.m.

Chartiers Valley needed a late run to put away Erie Strong Vincent, 68-54, in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs at Baldwin on Friday night.

The Colts went on a 7-0 run to end the third quarter, putting them ahead 52-43 and creating a lead they did not relinquish.

Jerrad Tuite led Chartiers Valley (25-2) with 21 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter. District 10's Colonels (17-9) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half before coming back to take a 43-42 lead in the second.

Chartiers Valley (25-2) will play Lancaster Mennonite in the second round.

Central Valley 67, Mars 56 — The Warriors won their first-round game in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Moon, setting up a rematch of the WPIAL semifinals. Central Valley (25-2) will play Thomas Jefferson in the second round.

Farrell 60, Montour 57 — Malik Miller scored 18 points, and Chris James and Ike Jones had 13 and 12, respectively, leading Farrell in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at Sharon High School.

Dustin Sleva led Montour (16-9) with 23 points. Farrell (23-3) will play Uniontown in the second round.

Thomas Jefferson 72, Erie East 66 — Thomas Jefferson won its first PIAA playoff game since 2006 with a 72-66 victory over Erie East (20-6) in the Class AAA first round at Mercyhurst University.

Charlie Scharbo led the Jaguars with 22 points, including 12 as part of TJ's big third-quarter outburst. Tyquis Johnson led the Warriors with 23 points, and Kyree Kirkland added 21. Thomas Jefferson (23-3) will play Central Valley in the second round.

Uniontown 87, Punxsutawney 54 — Jordan Pratt scored 22 points and Xavier Ellis added 18 for Uniontown in its first-round win in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs at DuBois Middle School. Uniontown (22-2) — which won its first PIAA playoff game since 2002 — will play Farrell in the second round.

Monessen 87, Erie First Christian 78 (2 OT) — It took two overtime periods for the WPIAL Class A runner-up to secure a win in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs at Chartiers Valley. Clintell Gillaspie led Monessen with 31 points and Javon Brown chipped in with 18.

Monessen (21-6) will play District 6 champion Bishop Carroll in the second round.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 56, Berlin Brothersvalley 44 — Dom Robb scored 16 points and Ryan Kirby added 10 to help Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic win in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs at Pitt-Johnstown. Jon Savulchak and Timon Gribbin each had 10 points for the Trojans. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (16-10) will play Ridgway in the second round.

Vincentian Academy 95, Cochranton 85 — Jim Kenna scored 25 points, and Jamison Nee added 24 for Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs at Meadville High School. Josh Vanderhoof led Cochranton (21-4) with a game-high 31 points. Vincentian Academy (23-3) will play District 6 third-place finisher Homer-Center (22-3) in the second round.

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