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Mt. Lebanon Completes Comeback To Beat Baldwin 50-49



WHITEHALL, Pa. — Courting again to final season, the matchups between the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils and the Baldwin Highlanders have been intense, to say the least.

Just some weeks in the past, Mt. Lebanon beat Baldwin in a low-scoring, one-possession affair. On Tuesday night time, the second assembly between the 2 groups went right down to the wire once more because the Blue Devils managed to flee with a dramatic 50-49 victory.

After Mt. Lebanon’s Riley Farabaugh sank the Blue Satan’s first shot of the sport to leap out to a 3-0 lead, Baldwin proceeded to go on a 14-1 run. The Highlanders managed to play a stifling protection within the first half that restricted the Blue Devils to only one transformed three-pointer.

On the half, Mt. Lebanon discovered themselves dropping 26-20 attributable to little success taking pictures the ball anyplace exterior of the paint. The Highlanders’ energetic crowd most likely had one thing to do with that.

With longtime WPIAL coach Joe David on the helm, the Blue Devils are a disciplined and assured group that may discover a approach again into any recreation.

“Coach [David] is superior, particularly in these video games the place it’s shut. He helps us by means of, maintain us down, tells us to take a breath, after which we’re good,” senior Tanner Donati instructed PSN after the sport.

The Blue Devils fought and clawed their approach again on this one, sending it to the fourth quarter tied 36-36.

After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the true drama got here inside the ultimate second of the sport because the Blue Devils – main by two – dedicated a foul that despatched Baldwin to the free-throw line for a one-and-one, and the prospect to ship the sport to additional time.

Baldwin’s Nathan Richards knocked down the primary half of the one-and-one however missed the second. The missed free throw ended the sport and accomplished the second-half comeback for the Blue Devils.

“They at all times play good right here. I can’t bear in mind the final time I received a recreation right here, so it at all times feels good to win right here,” mentioned Donati.

The Blue Devils should not have a “go-to scorer,” however that’s one thing that the crew embraces. On this recreation, the Blue Devils used 5 totally different scorers to document the crew’s first 10 factors. Seven totally different gamers scored at the least 4 factors within the matchup. Tanner Donati completed with a team-high 14 factors. Nathaniel Girod and Michael Pfeuffer completed with 8 factors every.

“We’re not a egocentric crew. Nobody is forcing photographs. Everyone seems to be passing the ball. We simply wish to win. That’s all that issues,” mentioned Doanti.

With the win, the Blue Devils enhance to 6-0 in part play and declare management of their very own future in regard to successful a sixth-straight part title.

“It feels good to go to 6-0, particularly in opposition to Baldwin,” mentioned Donati. “We simply want to remain locked in for observe and simply maintain working onerous.”


Duquesne to Play within the School Basketball Invitational, Persevering with Their Season



Duquesne accepted a bid to play on this seasons’ School Basketball Invitational (CBI), persevering with their season.

The Dukes completed with an total report of 20-12 and 10-8 in Atlantic 10 play within the 2022-23 season. They improved 14 wins total and 9 wins from the 2021-22 season, the place the Dukes had a 6-24 total report and 1-16 report within the Atlantic 10.

Duquesne earned a No. 6 seed and a First Spherical bye within the Atlantic 10 Match. They misplaced their matchup within the Second Spherical in opposition to No. 11 La Salle final Wednesday, March 8, on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y., ending their lengthy shot possibilities at an NCAA Match look.

The Dukes acquired a No. 5 seed within the CBI and can tackle No. 12 Rice on Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. within the First Spherical. Your entire CBI will happen on the Ocean Middle in Daytona Seaside, Fla. from Saturday, March 18 to Wednesday, March 22.

FloHoops will stream the First Spherical from March 18-19 and the Quarterfinals on Monday, March 20. ESPN2 will broadcast the Semifinals on Tuesday, March 21 and the Last on March 22.

The 2023 CBI consists of 16 groups that may play in a single-elimination bracket. If Duquesne is to win the CBI, they might want to win 4 consecutive video games in 4 consecutive days from the First Spherical to the Last.

That is the fourth time that the Dukes will play within the CBI, beforehand doing so in 2010, 2011 and in 2016. That is the primary postseason for the Dukes since that CBI look in 2016 and the primary below head coach Keith Dambrot in his six seasons as head coach. That is additionally simply the sixth look within the postseason within the final 42 seasons for the Dukes.

The Dukes are 2-3 within the CBI, profitable within the First Spherical and shedding within the Second Spherical in each 2011 and 2016, whereas shedding within the First Spherical in 2010.

That is the seventh matchup between Duquesne and Rice. Duquesne holds a 5-2 report in opposition to Rice, with a win within the final matchup in November 2008.

Duquesne performed in opposition to one different opponent within the CBI and that’s No. 1 Indiana State, who they defeated at house, 92-86, on Dec. 17.

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Pitt to Face Mississippi State in Dayton, Ohio Tuesday in First 4 Starting at 9 p.m.



The Pitt Panthers are returning to March Insanity. Pitt obtained a No. 11 seed within the 2023 NCAA Event and can play Mississippi State in Dayton, Ohio, Tuesday evening starting at 9 p.m.

The Panthers return to the Large Dance for the primary time because the 2015-16 season and first underneath head coach Jeff Capel in his fifth season.

Capel’s workforce will play in a First 4 recreation as one of many Final 4 In chosen by the match committee. The winner faces No. 6 Iowa State Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina, the place the Panthers simply accomplished the ACC Event on Thursday.

Pitt ranks No. 67 within the NET rankings and edged out North Carolina and Clemson to turn out to be the ultimate ACC workforce to make the Area of 68. The workforce completed 2022-23 fifth within the ACC after posting a 22-11 general report and 14-6 convention mark, failing to win one in all its closing two video games with the chance to win a share of the ACC regular-season title. 

The workforce fell 96-69 Thursday to No. 4 Duke following a Second Spherical win in opposition to No. 13 Georgia Tech, 89-81, the day earlier than. Pitt is the No. 44 general seed within the NCAA Event.

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Pitt Makes the Match: Panthers in as an 11 Seed within the First 4



PITTSBURGH — Pitt is formally again within the NCAA Match.

On Sunday evening, the Panthers had been included on this yr’s subject of 68 as a No. 11 seed within the Midwest area. Pitt will play in opposition to Mississippi State within the first 4 in Dayton, with the winner going to Greensboro to tackle 6-seed Iowa State.

Pitt completed the common season and ACC Match with a 22-11 file, falling within the quarterfinals of the ACC Match this week to Duke.

The Panthers went 14-3 at residence, 7-5 on the highway, and 1-3 on impartial courts. Pitt went 4-4 in Quad One video games, 3-5 in Quad Two video games, 5-1 in Quad 3 video games, and 10-1 in Quad 4 video games. The Panthers presently rank No. 67 within the NCAA’s NET rankings.

Now, the talk has been settled. Pitt, broadly often known as a “bubble workforce” this yr, has formally made the event and might be heading to ___ for its first sport.

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