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Monessen falls in tournament final

| Wednesday, May 2, 2001

MONONGAHELA - Uniontown ran away from Monessen in the second half and then ran away with the championship in the 47th Ringgold Undergraduate Basketball Tournament.

Uniontown captured the title game, 66-44, at the Monongahela Elementary Center. But the final score was a little deceiving.

Monessen at one point held a slim lead and only trailed by three points (28-25) at halftime. However, the depth and strength of the winners was too much in the second half.

'We hung with them for a while, but they are very good,' said Monessen coach Joe Salvino. 'They are quick and play good defense and I don't think we played as strong as we can.'

Terrence Vaughns scored 10 of his 19 points and Dierre Jenkins had seven of his 14 to lead the second half onslaught for Uniontown.

'They got up on us by 10 (in the second half) and then they just wore us down,' said Salvino.

Monessen was led by Matt Dent with a game-high 21 points, 12 in the first half. Brandon Jackson added 12 points.

'I'm not disappointed,' said Salvino. 'We played against some good teams. This was a good tournament and we reached the title game.

'We have a lot of pride, but we're a Class A team and Uniontown is one of the best Quad A schools. I can't be disappointed in my kids.'

In the consolation contest, Ringgold beat Frazier, 60-36. Leading the winners was Jesse Hyatt with 25 points, including five three-pointers.

Frazier was paced by T.J. Martinak with 15 points and Mark Mattras with 13.

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