Monday, January 23, 2012

Boys basketball, week in review

Team of the Week
Three losses in four games, including back-to-back double-digit setbacks against Montour and McGuffey, had some Prexies faithful question what was going on with the boys basketball team. Wash High appeared headed to a second consecutive season with no postseason.
Thanks to the past week, the Prexies are firmly in the playoff hunt.
Washington needed triple overtime, but overcame some horrendous free-throw shooting to beat Trinity, 57-54. It followed with a win over Waynesburg.
Now, Washington is 4-3 in Section 5-AAA, which is good enough for fourth place, and 10-6 overall. Josh Wise ranks second among local players in scoring at 19.4 ppg.

Peters Township
The Indians lost six of eight after beating Class AAA power Hampton, and were fading in Section 4-AAAA. Wins over Canon-McMillan and Baldwin pushed Peters Township into fourth place heading into this week's game.
Both section games are on the road – at Bethel Park Tuesday and at Upper St. Clair Friday.

Starting five
Tony Bristol, Charleroi
Jaisen Irwin, Monessen
Trent McPherson, Peters Township
Ty Negley, Waynesburg
Josh Wise, Washington
First sub
David Williams, Canon-McMillan

Game of the Week
Imani Christian 63, Monessen 62
From Washington's triple-overtime win over Trinity to Burgettstown's last-second victory over Chartiers-Houston, there were several outstanding candidates in this category.
But I'm not even sure if the Montour at South Fayette game fielded the type of talent that was on the floor for Imani Christian's one-point win at Monessen Tuesday night.
Monessen's loss snapped a 28-game regular-season win streak. The Greyhounds last loss during the regular season came Dec. 28, 2010 to North Allegheny.
Monessen led with six seconds left before Niehemiah Fisher grabbed a missed free throw and scored on a putback for Imani Christian, a charter school located in the East Hills of Pittsburgh.

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