Monday, December 20, 2010
Week in Review, boys basketball (start of season through Dec. 18)
Team of the Week – South Fayette
No Christian Brumbaugh, no Josh Patterson, no Tanner Courtad and no Zach Challingsworth. No problem for the defending PIAA Class AA champions.
South Fayette is 3-0 with a trio of impressive wins over Fort Cherry, two-time defending WPIAL Class AA champion North Catholic and North County (Md.). The Lions, who made 18 three-pointers against North Catholic, are off until next Tuesday, when they play Rochester at the C.J. Betters Tournament in beaver County.
By that time, South Fayette should have its entire roster.
Runner-up – Monessen
The Greyhounds started the season 3-1 with the lone loss a 94-90 setback to Class AAAA Norwin.
Nate Bellhy, Fort Cherry
Mike Lamberti, South Fayette
Jalen Madison, Monessen
Josh Valentic, Trinity
Pat Zedreck, South Fayette (pictured)
Josh Wise, Washington
1,000 points times three – A trio of the area's top players each topped 1,000 career points already this season.
Last Monday, Bellhy and Zedreck each reached the milestone as the Lions rolled past the Rangers. Trinity's Valentic also hit the 1,000-point mark.
All three players are seniors.
Bits and pieces – Teams from Section 3-A are struggling to start the season. Preseason favorite Avella is 2-2 and the Eagles are the only team without a losing record. Bentworth has played five consecutive games against teams from Class AA and is 0-5. … Rodney Watkins, a 6-5 senior at Charleroi, made a rare start Friday night against Beth-Center and he dominated the game with 20 points as the Cougars won, 56-43. … At 3-0, Ringgold is off to one of its better starts in recent years. The Rams have beat West Allegheny, Yough and Belle Vernon, teams with a combined record of 2-11.