Covered Tuesday night's Monessen at Washington Section 5-AA boys basketball clash and expected the Greyhounds to win a close one.
The Greyhounds, with Tim Tyree, Terrance Stepoli and Delmar Pritchett, boast the section's best talent and they had won 17 of 18. Washington, meanwhile, had struggled in recent games and lost at Burgettstown, a fine team but also a squad without its starting point guard.
Something clicked with Wash High starting in the second quarter. Tom Kelly and Nick Bryant were relentless, and teammates followed suit. Troy Wilson and Mark Wise attacked the basket with determination and toughness. Washington rebounded and played tough perimeter defense.
And the Prexies won the game by 15 points in front of the most supportive crowd I've seen at Wash High since Dan Davis played at Fort Cherry and those two teams battled for section supremacy.
The best thing about Washington's victory was their offensive aggression. If the Prexies continue to maintain their edge, they will be a very difficult matchup for any team in the postseason.