High school boys basketball roundup: Sewickley Academy tops Vincentian in double OT
It took two overtimes, but the No. 2 Sewickley Academy boys basketball team earned a spot in the WPIAL Class A semifinals with a 76-70 victory over No. 7 Vincentian Academy on Friday night at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
Chris Groetsch had 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Panthers (22-2). Declan Hickton and Nate Ridgeway each had 13 points for Sewickley Academy, which will play No. 6 Jeannette in the semifinals Tuesday at a time and site to be determined.
Zach McDonough scored 24 points for Vincentian (15-8), which will play Eden Christian in the PIAA play-in round Monday, also at a time and site to be determined.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 56,Clairton 38 — The Trojans trailed 6-0 after the first quarter but bounced back with a 12-4 run in the second quarter to earn a Class A quarterfinal-round win at Chartiers Valley.
Eric Taylor had 12 points, Tristan Newcamp scored 10 and Austin Sieminski had 11 rebounds for No. 4 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (16-8), which will play No. 1 Monessen in the semifinals Tuesday.
No. 5 Clairton (16-4), which finished on a 16-9 run, will play Union in the PIAA play-in round Monday.
Monessen 112, Union 62 — Jaden Altomore scored 25 points, Justice Rice had 24, and Dwight Moore and LaValle Rush each had 22 as No. 1 Monessen (21-3) rolled to a Class A quarterfinal-round win at Canon-McMillan.
Monessen set a WPIAL playoff scoring record, breaking its own mark of 110 set in a semifinal victory over Vincentian Academy in 2014.
New Castle 78, West Allegheny 47 — Marquel Hooker had 26 points as No. 1 New Castle(22-1) rolled to a Class AAA quarterfinal-round victory at Geneva College.
Geno Stone had 15 points and Marcus Hooker added 14 for the Red Hurricanes, who used an 18-6 run in the second quarter to pull ahead.
Highlands 62, Hampton 50 — No. 4 Highlands (20-4) advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals for the first time since 2008-09 as the Golden Rams beat No. 5 Hampton (16-8) for the third time this season. Three players reached double figures in points for Highlands in the quarterfinal win at Fox Chapel: Mitch DeZort had 16, Jamison Nee added 15 and Brayden Thimons had 10 to go with 12 rebounds. Antonio Ionadi led the Talbots with 19 points.
Highlands will play No. 1 New Castle (23-1) on Tuesday. Hampton moves into the PIAA play-in round against West Allegheny on Monday.
Beaver Falls 94, West Mifflin 81 — No. 2 Beaver Falls (21-3) advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA semifinals with a win at North Allegheny.
Mars 34, Steel Valley 44 — John Castello scored 20 points as No. 3 Mars (19-5) defeated No. 6 Steel Valley (16-6) in a Class AAA quarterfinal game at North Hills. Kennedy Smith led Steel Valley with 15 points.
The Planets will face No. 2 Beaver Falls in the semifinals Tuesday.
Steel Valley will take on West Mifflin in the PIAA play-in round Monday.