Yough rolls to tourney title over BV Area, 65-46
For the first time, Yough stands as champions of the cfsbank Holiday Classic.
The Cougars won the title by rolling over Belle Vernon Area, 65-46, in Wednesday's championship game at Charleroi.
Yough (8-3) moved out early to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter as Nick Beers scored 10 of his 19 points. The winners upped the lead to 32-13 at halftime.
BVA (1-6) tried to mount a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Cougars 23-13 to pull within 45-36, but the winners regained control of the game in the fourth quarter as tourney MVP Blake Kosor scored 16 of his game-high 30 points.
The win is the fifth straight for Yough.
BVA was led by Noah Bukowski, who scored 10 points.
Bukowski and Beers were both named to the All-Tourney Team.
Charleroi 65, Ringgold 62, OT
The Cougars (8-2) and Rams (5-4) gave the fans a show in the cfsbank Holiday Classic.
Charleroi's Errict Tedrow scored off a rebound at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
With Charleroi down 62-60, All-Tourney Team selection Sam Miceli hit a three-pointer with less than a minute to play to put the Cougars up, 63-62. Then Tedrow hit two free throws for the final margin.
Charleroi was led by John Arnold with 17 points, while Miceli and Brock Shannon added 16 points each. Tedrow closed with 14 points.
Ringgold got 11 points from George Martin and 10 each from Dakota Browning and Anthony Pampena.
“It's a lot better to win a close game than it is to lose one,” said a relieved Charleroi coach Bill Wiltz. “I thought this was our most complete game. We played very unselfishly and moved the ball well. It's a good win over a quality team.”
Shannon was named the winner of the Scott Smith Sportsmanship Award.
Southmoreland 66, Elizabeth Forward 53, OT
EF (3-9) was outscored 15-2 in overtime in the cfsbank Holiday Classic consolation game.
EF was led by Tre Mitchell with 18 points while All-Tourney selection Connor Paoletti had 16 and Jacob Jenkins added 12.
Southmoreland (7-4) was led by Brandon Stone's 29 points — seven in overtime. Doug Leighty (13) and Zak Leighty (10) also hit double figures.
Stone was also named to the All-Tourney Team.
Monessen 89, South Park 47
The Greyhounds (7-3) took out their frustrations from blowing a 15-point lead to AAAA No. 2 ranked North Allegheny the previous night by thumping the Eagles (2-7) in a consolation game at North Allegheny.
Monessen seized control of the game in the first half, bolting to a 47-24 lead. Jaden Altomore had 10 points in the first quarter for the Greyhounds, while Justice Rice (12), Lavalle Rush (10) and Altomore (12) combined for 34 points before halftime.
“I thought we played well in spots and at times we played down to the opposition,” said Monessen coach Joe Salvino. “When we keep the tempo where we want it, we can be pretty good.”
Altomore had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rice led Monessen with 22 points and had seven rebounds, and Rush had 10 points and six rebounds.
Salvino also lauded the play of Jaron Youngblood, who had six points, five rebounds and six steals, along with Alan Duncan, who had eight points and three steals and Cory Fleming, who added eight points.
GirlsCarlynton 48, California 42
The Trojans (6-4) saw their six-game winning streak snapped in the finals of the California Holiday Tournament.
California led the contest at halftime, 20-15, but was outscored 18-9 in the third quarter.
Carlynton (8-2) got 15 points from Ashleigh Wilson.
Cal was led by Bailey Vig's game-high 16 points.
Vig was named to the All-Tourney Team for Cal while Carlynton's Diamond Thomas was named MVP.
Charleroi 66, Monessen 24
The Cougars (9-1) jumped to a 20-7 first quarter lead and coasted past Monessen (1-9) in a consolation game in the California tourney.
Charleroi held Monessen to five points in the second half.
Kaitlyn Riley, named to the All-Tourney Team, scored 25 points and Maria Claybaugh added 21 for Charleroi. Monessen was led by Natalia Holmes with 11 points.
Frazier 55, Albert Gallatin 29
The Commodores (5-5) outscored AG 19-4 in the second quarter of the game in the Laurel Highlands tournament.
Brooke Poling scored a game-high 24 points for Frazier, while teammate Jovanna Isaac added 10 points.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at justjto.com.