McKeesport beats Moon, improves to 3-0
McKeesport’s boys basketball team improved to 3-0 Tuesday night in its final non-section game of the preseason, defeating visiting Moon, 43-39, in a WPIAL Class AAAA game.
Quentin Harding scored 13 points to lead McKeesport, but Shadrae King’s seven points in the second quarter helped erase Moon’s early 12-5 advantage. McKeesport took a 22-20 halftime lead.
King finished with 12 points and Devon Alexander added 10. Harding and King each had two three-pointers and point guard Zach Classic, who has replaced Marvase Byrd in the starting lineup, had one. Byrd, who is recovering from football season, was used as a reserve, but may soon reclaim his starting job.
Moon (2-1) was led by Xavier recruit Brian Walsh’s 18 points.
Carrick 52, Oliver 51
Mike Dixon scored 15 points and Marc West 13 to lead Carrick (2-1, 1-0). Shawn Ellis and DeVaughn Copeland scored 18 and 15 for Oliver (0-3, 0-1).
Latrobe 82, Derry 38
Jeff Yunetz scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter, and Latrobe (2-1) defeated neighboring rival Derry in a non-section boys basketball game Tuesday.
Andy Fisher scored 15 points for the Wildcats, who led 25-12 after one quarter and 51-18 at halftime. Latrobe had 10 3-pointers, including four by Yunetz and three by Fisher.
Max Miller scored 11 points for Derry (1-2).
Connellsville 61, Baldwin 59
John Dilworth hit a short jumper at the buzzer to lift Connellsville (3-0) over Baldwin (2-1) in a non-section game. Dilworth, a 6-foot-7 senior, scored 23 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and had five blocked shots.
Laurel Highlands 82, Keystone Oaks 70
Kaleb Ramsey led all scorers with 37 points as Laurel Highlands (2-1) defeated Keystone Oaks (1-2) in a non-section game. Also for Laurel Highlands, Ronnie Fedala added 23 points.
Brownsville 81, Geibel 63
Andy Roberts scored 22 points as Brownsville improved to 3-0 with a non-section win at Geibel (0-3). Gary Brooks (17), Greg Allamon (14) and Evan Chafin (12) led Brownsville. Brendan Costantino and Mark Gira led the Gators with 18 points each.
Greensburg Central Catholic 63, Monessen 52
Greensburg Central Catholic (2-1) outscored host Monessen, 33-22, during the second and third quarters, and rolled to a non-section victory. Marco Cukic scored 19 points for Greensburg Central Catholic. Terrance Stepoli had 18 for Monessen (0-3).
Apollo-Ridge 48, Kittanning 47
Apollo-Ridge sophomore Mike Poydenle hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left as the Vikings edged Kittanning for a non-section victory. Poydenle made four 3s in the fourth quarter and had six for the game to finish with 18 points. Cary Shearer scored 13 points to lead Kittanning.
Belle Vernon 75, South Park 63
John Naylor (22 points and 11 rebounds) and Josh Pohlot (18,12) led Belle Vernon against South Park in a non-section game.
Highlands 78, Burrell 47
Reece Mabery led all scorers with 22 points as Highlands rolled to a non-section victory over Burrell. Damon Porter added 21 points for Highlands.
Indiana 67, Punxsutawney 42
Kevin Stapleton scored 22 points, and Indiana (3-0) kept Punxsutawney (0-3) winless. Dom Lombardi and Day Ayebo each scored 12 points for Indiana.
Yough 65, Southmoreland 49
Mike Bashioum scored a game-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, for Yough (2-1) as it defeated Southmoreland (1-2) in a non-section game.
California 77, Frazier 62
California (2-1) outscored Frazier (0-3), 23-13, in the fourth quarter to break open a close game. Donte Valentino scored 27 points for California. David Smith had 21 for Frazier.
Upper St. Clair 73, Franklin Regional 72
Although Franklin Regional hit a three-pointer late in the game to get within a point, but Upper St. Clair held on to get a non-section victory. Franklin Regional’s Nick Novak and Anthony Vendemia scored 17 points each to lead all scorers.
Brashear 69, Peabody 20
Alyssa Schreiner scored 29 points — 18 in the third quarter — and Brashear’s defense held Peabody (0-1, 0-1) scoreless in the fourth quarter in a City League game. Brashear (1-2, 1-0) stopped a two-game losing streak. Cicely Jackson scored 16 and Megan Hoffman 10 for Brashear.
Elizabeth Forward 69, Greensburg Salem 38
Cassy Sanderson scored 25 points and Elizabeth Forward’s defense clamped down on Greensburg Salem (1-2) in the second half, allowing only 15 points after halftime. Elizabeth Forward is 4-0, with victories against North Catholic, Bethel Park and Gateway.
Mt. Pleasant 50, Jeannette 41
Julia Park led all scorers with 19 points en route to Mt. Pleasant’s non-section victoy over Jeannette. Kayla Cook had 17 points to lead Jeannette.
Burgettstown 43, West Greene 24
Emily Wilson scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Burgettstowns to a non-section victory.
Charleroi 55, Yough 45
Makayla Neff scored a game-high 20 points as Charleroi defeated Yough in a non-section game.
Norwin 58, Bethel Park 44
Nicky Costabile scored a game-high 24 points and Lindsey Loutsenhizer added 18 to lead Norwin (3-0) to a non-section victory.