Two section games remain for most teams in boys basketball and tonight will go a long way towards determining who's in, who's out and who will be a section champion.
In Class AAAA, Peters Township (10-0) has a one-game lead on Mt. Lebanon (9-1) for first place in Section 4. The Indians play at Mt. Lebanon tonight with a chance to wrap up the section title. Both teams, along with Upper St. Clair, are in the playoffs. Canon-McMillan (4-6) is in fourth, one game ahead of Bethel Park (3-7). Those two play tonight in Canonsburg. A win and the Big Macs are in.
In Class AAA, Trinity (8-2) is one game behind leader Thomas Jefferson (9-1) in section 5. The Hillers, already in the playoffs, have games remaining at Belle Vernon tonight and home against Yough tomorow. The Jaguars play at McGuffey tonight and host Elizabeth Forward Friday.
In Class AA, South Fayette (11-1) and North Catholic (11-1) are tied for the Section 3 lead and split the season series. The Lions play at Fort Cherry (7-5) tonight and host Carlynton (6-6) Friday. The Trojans face Northgate and Fort Cherry. Speaking of the Rangers and Cougars, they are part of a three-way battle with Seton-La Salle (7-5) for the final two playoff spots. The Rebels and Cougars play tonight.
In Section 5-AA, Washington (11-1) is one game ahead of Monessen (10-2) for the section lead. Charleroi (8-4) is in third, Burgettstown (7-5) fourth, Chartiers-Houston (6-6) is fifth and California, at 3-7, is still alive for a playoff berth. Tonight's schedule is the Prexies at Trojans; Greyhounds at Brownsville; Frazier at Burgettstown and Chartiers-Houston at Charleroi. Only Wash High and Monessen have clinched spots.
In Class A, 15 teams have clinched spots, including Carmichaels, Bentworth, Beth-Center and Avella. The Section 2 championship is still up for grabs. Tonight the Mikes (9-1) host the Bearcats (7-2), who mounted a big second-half comeback against Carmichaels earlier in the season. The Bulldogs, at 7-3, are not out of the section title conversation.
In girls Class AAAA, Peters Township is on the bubble but in good shape. Tied with Upper St. Clair for fourth at 7-5, the Indians host the Panthers tonight and conclude the season at Canon-Mac. After Peters Twp., Upper St. Clair has to face unbeaten Mt. Lebanon. Baldwin is a half-game ahead of both teams at 8-5.
In Class AAA, McGuffey's thrilling overtime win over Yough Monday night puts both teams at 3-6, tied for fourth, with one game remaining. The Highlanders face Waynesburg in their final game. The Raiders managed just nine points in their last contest against EF. The Cougars host Belle Vernon.
The Class AA field for local teams is set. Washington won Section 5. Clinching spots are Charleroi and Beth-Center from Section 5 and South Fayette in Section 3.
In Class A, Fort Cherry and Avella are in from Section 2. The Rangers (7-2) can earn a share of the section title with a win over Cornell and a Serra (8-1) loss to Clairton. Monessen is the Section 3 champion. Carmichaels and California are in. Mapletown is still alive but needs California to lose its last game (at Monessen) and beat Jefferson-Morgan and West Greene.