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New Fortress Downs Pittsburgh Central Catholic 68-53 To Declare Part 1-6A Title



PITTSBURGH —  In Isaiah Boice’s return to New Fortress’s beginning line-up, one other acquainted face – senior Da’Jaun Younger – stole the present within the 68-53 title-clinching victory over the Central Catholic Vikings on Tuesday night time.

In a back-and-forth first quarter, the Hurricanes’ guards – Boice and Jonathon Anderson – scored 10 of the Hurricanes’ 14 factors. The Vikings’ forwards, Debaba Tshiebwe and Cole Sullivan mixed for 10 factors of their very own however finally trailed 14-12 after one quarter.

The second quarter is when the sport immediately become a “battle of the massive man.” Hurricanes’ middle, 6-foot-2 Da’Jaun Younger helped construct a lead for New Fortress, scoring 10 factors within the quarter. The Vikings solely managed 10 second-quarter factors as a group.

On the half, the Hurricanes led 30-22. Each Younger and Tshiebwe led their groups in scoring within the first half with 12 factors every.

The depth of the gang started to circulate into the sport because the gamers started to chirp each other and the tempo of play elevated. The scholars started to chant “You’ll be able to’t do this,” when a foul was referred to as in opposition to a Hurricane participant and “He’s too small,” for each Tshiebwe bucket.

Younger and Tshiebwe’s battle waged on as they continued to match one another’s scoring manufacturing, scoring 6 factors every within the third quarter.

Trailing by 8 factors, Central Catholic opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run, 5 of which got here from the junior Sullivan. This made it a one-possession recreation for the primary time for the reason that second quarter.

Following the 6-0 run by the Vikings, Anderson answered with two fast buckets of his personal.

Central Catholic tried to remain inside placing distance however the robust fourth quarter by Anderson and the stellar offensive efficiency by Younger proved to be an excessive amount of for the Vikings to deal with.

“Da’Jaun has been enjoying nice basketball all yr. Simply retains getting higher and higher because the yr has gone on,” stated coach Blundo. “He performed nice tonight. He completed across the rim. For those who have a look at that run within the first half, it was Da’Jaun that acquired us going with an and-one and one other end.”

Central Catholic’s Sullivan scored 15 factors and recorded eight rebounds within the dropping effort. The 6-foot-7 Debaba Tshiebwe, who’s the youthful brother of Kentucky star Oscar Tshiebwe, completed with a team-high 21 factors and 17 rebounds for the Vikings.

“He’s a superb participant. I battled till the top. I do know what I can do if I’ve the vitality. I do know I’m a little bit smaller, and he’s a little bit larger however that [did not] cease me,” stated Younger to PSN about his counterpart Tshiebwe.

Younger completed with a game-high 22 factors for the Hurricanes. Boice and Anderson had spectacular nights, scoring 18 factors every. Anderson scored 10 factors within the fourth quarter.

With the win, New Fortress clinched the Part 1-6A title in its first yr within the classification. A powerful feat, however one that’s anticipated by a Ralph Blundo-led squad. That is Blundo’s tenth part title as a head coach.

“We will at all times preserve that rhythm going. At all times, season after season. I really like Coach [Blundo] and we’re right here for him and like to win for him,” stated Younger.

The Hurricanes end regular-season play subsequent week after which will probably be a top-seed within the WPIAL playoffs that start on Feb. 13, 2023.

“Senior yr, final moments, final go round, I really feel like we are able to go all the best way,” stated Younger.


Pitt’s Event Destiny as much as the Committee After Saturday Slate Goes Completely



The Pitt Panthers wanted a number of issues to occur for them on Saturday and fortuitously for them, all of these issues did occur.

The Panthers entered Saturday on the event bubble, subsequently the factor that might’ve killed Pitt was Cinderella groups that unexpectedly gained their convention event and stole a bid.

Ohio State, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Tulane and UAB have been all nonetheless in place to be win their convention event, which might’ve harm Pitt’s possibilities, nevertheless, all of these groups misplaced.

Now, Pitt’s destiny is now within the fingers of the event committee, who will study the resumes of all of the groups that they’ve on the bubble.

Going by each bracketology professional within the nation, PSN has concluded that Pitt has 4 groups to be fearful about that might steal their event spot.

Whereas PSN believes that Pitt will hear its title known as on CBS, these groups might knock them out: NC State, Nevada, Clemson and Arizona State.

Right here’s a have a look at their resumes:

NC State (23-10)
NET Rating: No. 45
KenPom Rating: No. 55
High quality Wins: Dayton, Vanderbilt, Duke, Miami
Unhealthy Losses: Syracuse, North Carolina
*Pitt beat NC State in lone head-to-head sport this season.

Nevada (21-10)
NET Rating: No. 37
KenPom Rating: No. 41
High quality Wins: Boise State, Utah State, San Diego State
Unhealthy Losses: Loyola Marymount, Oregon, UNLV (twice), Wyoming and San Jose State.

Clemson (23-10)
NET Rating:  No. 60
KenPom Rating: No. 64
High quality Wins: Pitt, Penn State, NC State (3 instances) and Duke.
Unhealthy Losses: South Carolina, Loyola Chicago, Boston School, North Carolina, Louisville
*Clemson beat Pitt in lone head-to-head sport this season.

Arizona State (22-12)
NET Rating:  No. 66
KenPom Rating: No. 68
High quality Wins: VCU, Creighton, Arizona, USC
Unhealthy Losses: Texas Southern, San Francisco, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado

PITT (22-11)
NET Rating: No. 67
KenPom Rating: No. 78
High quality Wins: Northwestern, NC State, Virginia, North Carolina (twice), Miami
Unhealthy Losses: Michigan, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame

This can little question be a nerve wracking subsequent 8 hours as a result of Pitt is clearly not in a snug place and will simply be unnoticed, right here’s one thing to think about: For the reason that NCAA event expanded to 64 groups in 1985, EVERY ACC workforce that gained 70% of its convention video games throughout the common season certified for the NCAA event. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

If that statistic holds true right now, Pitt will hear their title known as.

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The Frank Walker Legislation/PSN Day by day Pocket book- March 11



Replace (10:49 AM)- Bucknell grad switch Xander Rice has heard from the next faculties he tells @On3Recruits ClemsonGeorgiaGeorgia TechWake ForestWichita StateDuquesneSanta Claraand extra… 6-3 SG avg. 14.1 factors and shot 36.5% 3P on 5.9 makes an attempt final season — Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) March 10, 2023

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North Allegheny Ladies Roll Previous Manheim Twp. in First Spherical of States



WEXFORD — After claiming the WPIAL 6A championship towards Higher St. Clair in dominating style, the North Allegheny Tigers turned its consideration in the direction of the PIAA State Event and the Manheim Township Blue Streaks. 

The Blue Streaks, from simply exterior of Lancaster, made the 250-mile trek to Wexford because the seventh seed out of District 3. After a sluggish begin, North Allegheny rolled previous the Blue Streaks with ease, 76-53.

With the win, North Allegheny begins its march in the direction of the state championship after profitable the 6A event in 2021. 

As at all times, the Tigers turned to its dependable scorers as soon as once more after a sloppy begin. Jasmine Timmerson – who posted a career-high 30 factors within the WPIAL title sport – together with Kellie McConnell propelled the Tigers with 18 apiece.

Turnovers plagued each North Allegheny (21-5) and Manheim Twp. (17-11) within the first quarter because the Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play. It took till the final minute of the opening quarter for the Pitt decide to get onto the board, however from there Timmerson was computerized, together with three triples. The Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play.

With Timmerson beginning to get sizzling, Ava Byrne tried to match her tempo. The Blue Streaks’ main sorcerer (14.3 ppg) tried to maintain up with the high-scoring Tigers as she buried a giant three to drag the sport inside 4 within the second quarter.

Nevertheless, North Allegheny turned on the jets and ended the primary half on a 14-3 run. Kickstarting that run to finish the half was senior Eva Pernatt who got here off the bench so as to add six factors within the win, all coming within the second quarter. Pernatt was a useful possibility within the paint amidst that run, together with some strong put up protection.

The Tigers continued its huge run as they outscored the Blue Streaks 11-4. Whereas McConnell was held to a few factors within the first half, the junior turned it on with six factors within the third quarter.

Manheim Twp. seemed to remain within the sport because it turned in the direction of the three ball. Byrne, Brooke Weaver, Nia Mountis and Sarah Kraus all cashed in for the Blue Streaks, however the lead was too steep. North Allegheny responded to these triples with its personal because the Tigers knocked down 13 from past the arc.

Byrne did all she might as she completed with 18 factors, however the Blue Streaks season got here to an finish. Kraus posted 13 factors together with 12 from Julia Goebig.

Alongside Timmerson and McConnell’s team-high 18 factors, Lydia Betz added 15 in addition to 11 from Caroline Henderson.

North Allegheny will proceed its trip within the state playoffs because the Tigers advance to the second spherical to face WPIAL foe, Mt Lebanon. The Blue Devils took down Altoona, 58-50.

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