Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Boys basketball, week in review
Team of the Week – Canon-McMillan
Some teams didn't play a game last week, others played just one. Canon-McMillan played three and went 2-1 with a pair of key wins in Section 4-AAAA and a loss to a one-loss Mt. Lebanon.
The Big Macs elevated themselves from last place in the standings with a 55-54 win over Upper St. Clair and a 60-57 win at Bethel Park. Dylan Berger averaged 18.5 points in the two victories, while Brett Haney and Kionte Davis scored double figures in each game as well.
Berger led C-M with 17 points in a 61-41 loss to Mt. Lebanon.
The Big Macs look to continue to make a playoff push tonight against Peters Township.
Runner-up – Bentworth
Non-section play wasn't kind to Bentworth, but the Bearcats are playing better basketball of late and picked up a key 58-56 win at Carmichaels Friday night. Eric Schoedel scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Dylan Berger, Canon-McMillan
Christian Brumbaugh, South Fayette
Brett Haney, Canon-McMillan
Eric Schoedel, Bentworth
Josh Valentic, Trinity (pictured)
Off the bench
Naz Victoria, California
Record-setter – A few blog followers believe Josh Valentic is the best pure jump shooter in the area, a point that is hard to argue. When I watch Valentic play, I'm as equally impressed with how hard he works to get the basketball, whether it is fighting through screens or running the baseline. Valentic is a tireless worker.
He's also Trinity's all-time leading scorer.
With 2:32 remaining in Trinity's win over Waynesburg Friday night, Valentic became the Hillers' leading scorer on – what else? – a jump shot. He finished the game with 30 points and takes 1,297 career points into tonight's game against Washington. Mike Deegan scored 1,296 points for the Hillers.
Washington vs. Trinity – Tonight is a big night for important basketball games and big-time rivalries.
South Fayette at Montour.
Peters Township at Canon-McMillan.
Burgettstown at Chartiers-Houston.
Bentworth at Avella.
Tonight also marks the first time since 1970 that Washington meets Trinity in a section game. Besides the obvious rivalry, this game takes on more importance as the Prexies and Hillers are both 2-2 and tied for fourth place in Section 5-AAA.
The two are scheduled to meet a second time on Friday, Feb. 11 and the last time they met twice in the same season came in 1995-96.