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Alle-Kiski roundup: Knoch boys basketball wins twice to claim Keystone Tournament

| Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 12:06 a.m.

Playing two games in one day might be a taxing proposition for some basketball teams. But Knoch embraced the opportunity and has a trophy to show for it.

After having its opening game of the Keystone Tournament postponed Friday due to the wintry weather, the Knights played two Saturday, the latter a championship game victory over host Keystone, 47-23.

David Gallagher secured MVP honors with a 14-point performance, while teammate Matt Zanella scored 12 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the Knights (2-0).

Knoch standout guard Austin Miller missed both games with an injury.

Earlier in the day, Knoch topped DuBois, 55-41, to reach the finals. Gallagher scored 16 points, Zanella added 15 and Steve Oblich 11 for the Knights.

Freeport 58, St. Joseph 37 — Freeport's Josh Beale earned MVP honors, scoring a game-high 13 points in the championship game of the St. Joseph Tournament. Eric Davis added 10, netting all-tournament honors for Freeport (2-0).

Sam Beaver and Chris Gamble received all-tournament honors for St. Joseph (1-1). Beaver scored eight and grabbed nine rebounds, and Gamble had six points.

Valley 43, Springdale 38 — Caleb Davis scored a team-high 13 points for Valley in the championship game of the Springdale Tournament.

Mike McNabb added 11 points for the Vikings (2-0).

Matt Matisko scored a game-high 14 points and Alex Pane had 11 for Springdale (1-1).

Ford City 57, TrinityChristian 41 — Jesse Sequeira led the way as Ford City (1-1) bounced back with a win in the St. Joseph Tournament consolation game. Jon Karabin added 11 points for the Sabers, who held Trinity Christian (0-2) to six points in the second quarter.

Plum 69, Deer Lakes 34 — Austin Dedert poured in a game-high 24 points and James Edwards added 13 as Plum (2-0) won its tipoff tournament handily.

The Mustangs connected on eight 3-pointers for the game and took control with a 31-point second quarter.

Scotty Ventura scored 15 to lead the Lancers (1-1).

Fox Chapel 65, Baldwin 49— Fox Chapel made it two wins in a row as Billy Urso scored 16 points, Brian Papich added 14 and Matt D'Amico 13 in the North Hills Tournament.

The Class AAAA No. 4 Foxes (2-0) stormed to a 35-16 lead at the half and held off a mild fourth-quarter rally from the Highlanders (0-2).

Kiski Area 63, Greater Johnstown 53 — Mike Simmons scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the first quarter, and Joey Brungo accumulated 13 of his 24 points in the second for Kiski Area (1-1) in the consolation game of the Mt. Lebanon tournament.

Shaquan Reid finished with a team-high 19 points for Greater Johnstown (0-2), which trailed 40-23 at halftime.

Riverview 46, Burrell 38 (2OT) — Paul Knapp, Jason Anthony and Zach Lesnick finished with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Riverview (1-1), which rallied to win in double overtime in the Kittanning tournament consolation game. The Raiders had 19 offensive rebounds. Joey Cox made five 3-pointers as part of a game-best 20-point effort and grabbed 10 rebounds for Burrell (0-2).

Cheswick Christian Academy 48, Wilson Christian Academy 13 — Antione Malloy scored 16 points, and Andy Skledar and Ian Swartz had 12 and 10, respectively, for Cheswick Christian (2-1), which led 23-3 after one quarter.

Girls basketball

Burrell 51, Seneca Valley 41 — Tournament MVP and Pepperdine recruit Sydney Bordonaro scored a game-high 20 points to help Burrell capture the Seneca Valley Tournament crown over the host Raiders (1-1). Natalie Myers added 10 points in an all-tournament performance for Burrell (2-0).

St. Joseph 50, Washington43 — Forward Mallory Heinle tied a game-high with 20 points to lead the host Spartans to victory in the championship game of the St. Joseph Tournament.

Heinle, a Slippery Rock recruit, also grabbed 12 rebounds. Amanda Klawinski had 12 points for St. Joseph (2-0).

Ford City 40, Shady Side Academy 30 — Christina Davis led Ford City with a team-high 13 points in the consolation game of the St. Joseph tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team.

Allyson Cujas scored 10 for Ford City (1-1).

Apollo-Ridge 39, Deer Lakes 35 — Apollo-Ridge (2-0) won the Springdale Tournament as MVP Ashley Emminger fired in a game-high 20 points. Emminger scored 11 in the fourth as the Vikings pulled away.

Kristen Stanko hit five 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 17 points to lead Deer Lakes (1-1).

Springdale 45, Knoch 33 — Alex Gradwell scored seven of her game-high 17 points for the Dynamos (1-1) in the fourth quarter of the Springdale Tournament consolation game. Amanda Koprivnikar added 11 points for Springdale, which outscored Knoch, 15-7, in the final quarter. Abbie Thrower led the Knights (0-2) with 10 points.

Fox Chapel 57, Hampton 42 — Duke recruit Erin Mathias led a trio of double-digit scorers for Fox Chapel (1-1) in the Seneca Valley tournament consolation game. Mathias finished with 19 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks. Kayla Slovenec had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Taylor Cohen scored 15 points. Maddy Nelligan and Lexi Griggs each had 10 points for Hampton (0-2), which trailed 16-6 through one quarter.

Norwin 65, Plum 53 — Class AAAA No. 5 Plum fell to 0-2 despite 15 points from Jordan Seneca, 13 from Krista Pietropola and 11 from Courtney Zezza in the Penn-Trafford Tournament.

Highlands 37, Imani Christian 29 — Freshman Ashlyn Jonczak scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Highlands (1-1) to a win in the consolation game of the New Castle Tournament.

Riverview 56, East Allegheny 24 — Sadie Buchser scored a game-high 13 points and earned all-tournament honors for Riverview (1-1) in the consolation game of the Freeport Tournament. Nikki Polens and Nicole Munion added 12 and 10 points. Cache Street finished with nine points to lead East Allegheny (0-2).


Eastern Area Invitational — With a second-day surge, Kiski Area clinched the Eastern Area team championship for the fifth straight season. Trailing leader North Allegheny by 24.5 points through Friday, the Cavaliers rallied and pulled past the Tigers to defend their crown with 245 points; North Allegheny finished with 230.

Matt Siszka (106 pounds), Chad Kuhn (220) and Shane Kuhn (285) won titles for Kiski Area; Shane Kuhn, who pinned all three of his opponents in the tournament, was a defending champion. Kittanning's Jason Nolf, who pinned three opponents and won by technical fall in the final, repeated as champion with a title in the 145-pound weight class. And Plum's Hunter Fenk placed first at 182.

Plum took fifth as a team with 145 points, while Kittanning came in seventh with 122.

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