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Alle-Kiski Roundball Classic notebook: Luther twins playing last games together

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By George Guido
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 11:15 p.m.

Hampton twins Ryan and Collin Luther have been playing together since they first touched a basketball.

But the combination will come to an end soon. Ryan is headed for Pitt, and Collin remains undecided about which college he will attend.

Saturday night at the 11th annual Roundball Classic, the twins combined for 23 points as the Class AAAA all-stars knocked off the Class A/City team 130-125 at Geneva College in Beaver Falls.

“I think maybe one more all-star game at Chartiers Valley,” Ryan Luther said. “Yes, one of the last times, so it's kind of weird.”

After facing New Castle nine times in the last three years, the Luthers were happy to be on the same team with Red Hurricanes standout Malik Hooker, who took home MVP honors with 23 points, and New Castle teammates Anthony Richards and Drew Allen.

“We've played a lot in AAU together, so maybe it's a little nicer playing with them than against them,” said Ryan Luther, who scored 15 points.

Collin Luther tallied eight.

Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico added 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.

Mathias stars

Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias ended her scholastic career with a 15-point, 11-rebound effort Saturday afternoon at Metheny Field House.

Mathias, who's headed for Duke in the fall, helped the Class AAAA all-stars defeat the Class AAA/District 10 team 83-79.

“It was a lot of fun to play with all of these talented players,” said Mathias.

A pair of free throws by Mathias, the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, with 1:44 left in the game gave the Class AAAA team the lead for good at 73-71.

Although this is her last high school game in Pennsylvania, she will return to the Keystone State whenever the Blue Devils play at Pitt.

In fact, when Mathias committed to Duke in her freshman season, Pitt had not yet made the move to the ACC.

“It's really cool that I'll get to play at Pitt,” Mathias said. “I'll be able to have all of my friends and my family come.”

In the closely contested event, two foul shots by Shaler's Carly Harris, daughter of 1974 Burrell graduate and athlete Danny Harris, tied the game at 71-71. Harris made another two free throws moments later to give Class AAAA some breathing room.

In the opener of the four-game event, St. Joseph's Mallorie Heinle scored seven points for the Class A/Districts 6 &10 team, but it wasn't enough as the Class AA/City League team earned a convincing 72-53 victory.

“It was really fun,” Heinle said. “It was a change of pace from a regular high school game where you can have fun together and play at a high level.”

Heinle will play basketball in college at nearby at Slippery Rock.

Yacine Diop of WPIAL and PIAA champion Seton-La Salle led all scorers with 18 points.

In the Class AAA/AA boys game, the Class AAA team recorded a 109-105 victory behind Avonworth's Eric Gallupe, who had 15 points.

George Guido is a freelance writer.



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