Monday, December 19, 2011

Boys basketball, week in review

Team of the Week
Ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the Observer-Reporter, Monessen went 4-0 last week with wins over two Class AAAA programs and a pair of private schools.
The Greyhounds continue to get balanced scoring from the like of Jaisen Irwin, Jalen Madison, Chavas Rawlins and company while Alonzo Payne and Earl Pinkney do a lot of good work on the glass.
Could be a good one Jan. 3 when Monessen hosts Wilkinsburg.

The Bearcats posted three wins last week and, at 4-0, are one of five Class A teams without a loss. Bentworth has won three games against Class AA competition.

Starting five
Tony Bristol, Charleroi
Christian Koroly, Trinity
Gabe Pritz, Peters Township
Eric Schoedel, Bentworth
Joe Yamber, Avella
First reserve
Jaisen Irwin, Monessen

Game of the week
Trinity 63, Ringgold 62
Chartiers-Houston came close to beating Washington for possibly the first time Saturday evening before the Prexies won in overtime, but the double-overtime Section 5-AAA opener between Trinity and Ringgold trumps that.
Senior Nick Greaves dominated the first half as Ringgold controlled play. The Rams dominance continued into the third quarter as freshman John Maldonado asserted himself.
Things change in the fourth as Trinity, not far removed from an overtime game at Canon-McMillan, went on a 13-2 run to force overtime.
Well-played game from a loaded section.

Bits and pieces
* South Fayette can make a major move in Class AAA this week with a pair of key games. The Lions host Trinity Tuesday and top-ranked New Castle Friday.
* West Greene snapped a 32-game losing streak with a win over Hundred, W.Va. last week. The Pioneers haven't beaten a WPIAL opponent since 2008.
* It hasn't been pretty for Wash High, which needed a jump shot from Deven Sulitz to force overtime at Chartiers-Houston, but the Prexies are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in section play.


Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen Wash High play? Its God awful. These kids have regressed so much in last couple years. the coaching to say the least is horrific. The kids dont listen, hustle or pay the coaches any attention. Give Ricky Bell/Gary Goga this team and they would be a contender. When have you ever seen a WH team never play pressure Def and run in transition. This solidifies it here: Tell me what coach in the United States would get 2 of his starters suspended from school for a scuffle in the locker room at practice. Only at Wash High. It happens daily at competitive schools. Even Mr Faust as strict as he was is probably shaking his head. Glad mine is gone!

Anonymous said...

Chartiers Houston beat Wash High twice in 94-95 season blew them out by 25 on their floor.
Tim Jaap

mike_kovak said...

Thanks Tim.