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By Staff Reports
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 11:57 p.m.

For as fast-paced and up-and-down as Tuesday's Section 4-AA game at the Walter Dlubak Center was, the winning team did much of its damage standing still.

Host St. Joseph converted 20 of 44 free throws, including 17 of 26 across two overtimes, to get past first-place Wilkinsburg, 87-79, in a double-overtime thriller in Harrison Township.

“We started hitting from the line,” St. Joseph coach Kelly Robinson said. “We weren't doing it before.”

A pair of buzzer-beaters kept the game going. St. Joseph's Dan Sullivan hit a corner 3-pointer at the end of regulation to send it to overtime tied 60-60, and Wilkinsburg's Isaiah Pete hit a runner off the glass to extend it tied at 69-69.

Pete scored 45 points in the loss for the Tigers (6-6, 3-1), including 18 in the overtimes.

St. Joseph (5-8, 2-1) had three players score in double figures led by Chris Gamble with 26 points. Sullivan had 20, and Sam Beaver scored 19, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Gamble made 10 of 17 free throws. Sullivan made 9 of 11. St. Joseph outscored the Tigers, 27-19, in overtime.

Highlands 59, Freeport 49 (3 OT) — Highlands and Freeport played even through regulation and two overtimes before the Golden Rams outscored the host Yellowjackets 11-1 in the third extra period of a Section 1-AAA win. Kaison Branch scored a game-high 22 to lead a trio of Highlands players in double figures. Lavontae Martin scored 15, and Jordan Lineburg added 10 for Highlands (6-7, 2-4).

Ryan Weigold scored 16 points, and Kris Keppel had 11 for Freeport (7-5, 2-4).

Plum 53, Franklin Regional 51 — Nick Stotler hit the game-winning jumper from the side of the key with 2.8 seconds to lift Plum (12-1, 6-1) to a Section 2-AAAA win over Franklin Regional (5-7, 2-4). Stotler finished with a game-high 19 points as the Mustangs won their seventh straight.

James Edwards added 15 points for the Mustangs. For Franklin Regional, Todd Summer had a team-high 11 points.

Fox Chapel 79, Central Catholic 66— Matt D'Amico scored 31 points, and Brian Papich added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Foxes (11-3, 4-3) in Section 2-AAAA. Alex Schoppen led Central Catholic (8-6, 5-2) with 16 points.

Riverview 49, Springdale 37 — Zach Lesnick had a game-high 22 points to lead Riverview (4-9, 1-5) over rival Springdale (2-11, 0-6) for its first Section 3-AA win of the season.

Dom Conte added 10 points for Riverview, and Alex Pane had 10 for Springdale.

Summit Academy 97, Burrell 61 — Dasonte White drained nine 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 35 points to lead Summit Academy (9-3, 4-0) to a win in Section 1-AA. Brendan Lettrich sank five 3-pointers during a 25-point effort and also had six assists and four steals for Burrell (3-10, 2-3), which also got 14 points from Max Garda.

Harvest Baptist 56, Cheswick Christian Academy 51 — Nick Eshelman and Josh Keppler scored 12 points each, and Noah Kile added 11 to lead five Harvist Baptist players in double figures as it defeated Cheswick Christian Academy in nonleague play.

Antione Malloy scored a game-high 19 points, and Ian Swartz had 14 for Cheswick Christian (6-7).

Trinity Christian 45, Leechburg 44— James Chandler hit a free throw with four seconds remaining to lift Trinity Christian (6-6, 2-1) to a Section 4-A win over Leechburg. Ben Ritchie had a game-high 19 points, and Randy Smail had 17 for Leechburg (5-7, 0-4).

Girls basketball

Burrell 46, Ford City 37 — Kelsey Oddis scored 12 points to help keep Burrell (13-0, 5-0) undefeated with a tight Section 1-AA win over Ford City (8-4, 3-1). Allyson Cujas scored 12 points for the Sabers in the loss. Sydney Bordonaro added 11 points for the Bucs.

Plum 62, Franklin Regional 40 — Courtney Zezza scored 22 points, and Krista Pietropola added 20 for Plum (9-3, 5-1) in a Section 2-AAAA victory.

Baylee Buleca led Franklin Regional (5-7, 2-4) with 13 points.

Fox Chapel 46, Chartiers Valley 39 — Erin Mathias had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Fox Chapel to a nonsection win over Chartiers Valley (3-10).

Taylor Cohen had eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Foxes (11-3).


Deer Lakes 7, Bishop McCort 0 — Jonathan Lang made 12 saves to earn the Class A shutout for Deer Lakes (6-5), which scored six goals in the final two periods.

Vince Casale finished with two goals and an assist, while Zach Luniewski had a goal and two assists.

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