Sewickley Herald roundup: All 3 boys teams alive in basketball postseason
Sewickley Academy is the last local hope for a WPIAL basketball title, but all three area boys teams still have something to play for.
The Panthers advanced to the WPIAL Class A semifinals by winning a double-overtime thriller over Vincentian Academy, 76-70, on Friday.
Chris Groetsch led the Panthers (22-2) with 22 points, and Declan Hickton and Nate Ridgeway had 13 points each. Justin Pryor added 11 for No. 2 SA, which was scheduled to face sixth-seeded Jeannette (18-6) in the semifinals Tuesday, after this edition's deadline.
The winner of that semifinal will face the Monessen/Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic winner in the Class A final at 7 p.m. Friday at Petersen Events Center.
Jeannette's gain was Eden Christian's loss after the Jayhawks advanced by defeating the Warriors in the quarterfinals 73-67 in overtime.
Dave Ritchie scored 28 points, including 20 of 21 from the foul line, and Josias O'Brien added 10 points and nine rebound to lead Eden in the loss. Jeannette scored the first seven points in overtime to pull away.
Despite the setback, the Warriors (21-4) continued into the WPIAL's play-in bracket for a spot in the state tournament, where they followed Sewickley Academy's lead and knocked off Vincentian, 78-66.
Ritchie and Blake Carpenter scored 22 points apiece, and Eden pulled away from the up-tempo Royals (15-9) after entering the third quarter with a 50-48 lead.
Eden will face Clairton (17-4), a 52-43 winner over Union in the other play-in game, on Thursday at a site and time to be determined for a spot in the state tournament.
Quaker Valley already booked its spot in the Class AA state tournament by dominating the fourth quarter and taking a 69-54 win over Neshannock in the play-in first round.
Amos Luptak scored 17 points to lead four Quakers (20-5) in double figures. Coletrane Washington had 13, Ricky Guss had 12 and Mitchell Luton added 10 for the Quakers, who outscored the Lancers, 23-4, in the final period.
QV will play Washington (18-7) in a game Thursday at a site and time to be determined, but only seeding will be affected as both teams advance to the PIAA bracket.
The Quakers found themselves in that do-or-die predicament after being knocked off by Bishop Canevin, 72-44, in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Luptak scored 13 for the Quakers, who were unable to slow the Crusaders (19-5), led by 29 points from Justin Dix. Canevin led by four after the first quarter, eight at halftime and pulled away after the break.
PIAA tournament play begins with play-in games Tuesday. First-round games are March 4 for Class A and March 5 for Class AA.