Mt. Lebanon escapes with win against Shaler
The gash above Evan Pierce's eye hurt, but the Mt. Lebanon senior almost felt another awful pain.
Top-seeded Mt. Lebanon avoided a first-round upset Tuesday night, holding off Shaler, 33-31, in a WPIAL Class AAAA playoff game at Chartiers Valley.
"I was just holding my breath," Pierce said. "I didn't want my senior year to end like that."
Shaler had two chances to tie in the final seconds, but both failed.
With 7.5 seconds left, Shaler sophomore J.P. Holtz missed the front end of a 1-and-1 at the free-throw line.
Then, after Mt. Lebanon's Paul Lang missed a free throw, Shaler senior Jesse Delle Valle drove the length of the floor but had his layup roll off the rim at the buzzer.
Shaler led briefly during the fourth quarter, when J.T. Schwartz made a 3-pointer, giving the Titans a 30-28 lead they held for slightly more than a minute. It was Shaler's only lead of the game, and Mt. Lebanon retook the lead with a 3-pointer by Luke Hagy.
Mt. Lebanon began the game with a 13-0 run.
Pierce, who suffered a gash during a first-quarter collision, led Mt. Lebanon with 10 points. Holtz had 11 for Shaler.
West Allegheny 52, Blackhawk 48 — With the score tied and 3:30 left, West Allegheny's Mike Karas and Matt Morrelli hit back-to-back 3-pointers at Ambridge to lead the Indians (14-8) to their second consecutive Class AAA playoff victory.
Ben Simmen had 17 points for West Allegheny, and Tim Denman added 15 for Blackhawk (14-8).
Clairton 57, Avella 38 — Desimon Green scored 20 points, and Tyler Boyd added 11 to lead Class A No. 4 Clairton (11-3) to a first-round victory at Baldwin.
Joey Yamber scored 13 points for Avella (9-11).
Perry 64, Carrick 56 — Greg McGhee's basket with four minutes left gave Perry a one-point lead, helping the Commodores in a come-from-behind, road victory in the City League.
Perry (17-3, 13-2) pulled into a tie for first place with Oliver.
Carrick (7-8, 10-11) led, 45-43, after three quarters, but Marcus Smith, Daryl Harrington and Bruce Grover each hit a 3-pointer to help Perry gain control.
McGhee led all scorers with 20 points, and Smith added 18.
Brashear 60, Schenley 59 — Henri Chatman hit 1 of 2 free throws with 6 seconds left to break a tie and lead Brashear (4-11, 4-17) to a City League victory at Schenley.
Chatman led all scorers with 25 points, helping Brashear recover from a 46-40 deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Brandon Johnson scored 23 points for Schenley (4-11, 6-14).
Mt. Lebanon 65, Woodland Hills 30 — Class AAAA No. 1 Mt. Lebanon (21-2) rolled to an easy victory against Woodland Hills (7-14) at Chartiers Valley.
Lauren Arbogast led Mt. Lebanon with 13 points.
Sto-Rox 43, Washington 27 — Dee Dee King scored 14 points, and Mia Smith added 10 at Canon-McMillan to help Sto-Rox (17-4) advance to the Class AA quarterfinals, where it will face No. 4 Seton-La Salle on Friday.
Bishop Canevin 46, Beth-Center 44 — Erica Bridge had four 3-pointers among her 13 points, and Erin Waskowiak led all scorers with 19 to lead Bishop Canevin (17-5) at Charleroi.
Belle Vernon 40, Hopewell 25 — Belle Vernon moved into the Class AA quarterfinals, upsetting No. 3 seed Hopewell (16-7) in a first-round game at Ambridge. Belle Vernon (17-6) will play West Mifflin, which surprised No. 5 Thomas Jefferson in another first-round game, on Friday.
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