Ben McCauley scored 52 points to help Yough slip past Southmoreland 75-62 in overtime of a Section 3-AAA boys basketball contest Friday night.
McCauley hit 19 field goals, sinking 12 of 16 free throws to lead all scorers.
Trailing 47-40 at the close of the third quarter, Southmoreland went on a 21-14 run to send the game into overtime.
Matt Odroneic made five 3-pointers and netted a team-high 22 points for Southmoreland.
Yough climbs to 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the section, while Southmoreland falls to 0-18, 0-10. Pine-Richland 56, North Allegheny 49 – Pine-Richland guard Kyle Opitz scored six of his team-high 15 points in the final 51 seconds as the Rams held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by North Allegheny in a 56-49 victory on Friday night in Section 3-AAAA boys basketball.
Neil Walker and Matt Andrle scored 13 points apiece to help Pine-Richland (12-6 5-3) pull into a three-way tie with Shaler and North Hills for first place atop the contentious section.
Pine-Richland went ahead, 44-27, on Walker’s layup early in the fourth quarter, but North Allegheny held the Rams without a field goal for nearly six minutes and pulled to within 48-44 on E.J. Kusnyer’s 3-pointer with 1:40 to play. But Optiz made four consecutive free throws down the stretch and sealed the victory with a steal and driving layup with 23 seconds to play.
Brian Levey scored 18 points for North Allegheny (10-9, 5-4).
Central Catholic 48, Gateway 47 — Ross Watson tipped in a rebound of Ryan Kennedy’s missed free throw at the buzzer to give Central Catholic (12-6, 6-3) the victory over visiting Gateway (7-11, 1-7) in a Section 4-AAAA game.
With 3.3 seconds remaining and Gateway ahead 47-45, Kennedy, who finished with 10 points, made the front end of a one-and-one free throw. He missed the second, setting up Watson’s game-winning tip-in.
Aaron Knight scored a game-high 19 points for Gateway.
Blackhawk 93, Ellwood City 58 — Ryan Evanochko scored 33 points as Class AAA No. 1 Blackhawk (18-1, 10-0) remained undefeated in Section 2-AAA by beating Ellwood City (5-11, 3-7). Marc Lodovico pitched in 22 points and Joe Powelll scored 18 to secure Blackhawk’s victory.
Upper St. Clair 59, Chartiers Valley 51 —Dale Meinbresse scored a game-high 21 points and Ryne Murray added 14 as Class AAAA No. 1 Upper St. Clair (17-2, 9-0) defeated visiting rival Chartiers Valley (11-7, 4-4) in a Section 5-AAAA game. Jerry Harness scored 15 to lead Chartiers Valley.
South Allegheny 64, Thomas Jefferson 37 —Kevin Menifee scored a game-high 19 points and Mike Trumpower added 16 as South Allegheny (17-2, 8-2) breezed by visiting Thomas Jefferson (9-9, 7-3) in a Section 4-AAA game last night. Tom McCafferty scored 14 to lead the Jaguars.
Keystone Oaks 58, Elizabeth Forward 37 — Bob Kozarian hit six 3-pointers, scoring 20 points as Keystone Oaks (13-6, 9-1) remained alone atop section 4-AAA with the victory over Elizabeth Forward (3-12, 0-9).
North Hills 78, Butler 64 —Brian Long scored 20 points and Denny DiPasquale added 18 as North Hills (12-8, 5-3) defeated visiting Butler in a Section 3-AAAA game last night. Bob Freshwater scored 20 points to lead Butler.
Franklin Regional 55, Latrobe 50 — Both teams entered the game with the same section record, but Franklin Regional (8-11, 5-5) led throughout and held off visiting Latrobe (6-13, 4-6) in this Section 1-AAAA match-up. Franklin Regional’s Chris Streett led all scorers with 21 points.
Moon 88, West Allegheny 70 — Duane Compo scored a game-high 33 points as Moon (14-6,8-2) defeated visiting West Allegheny in a Class-AAA Section 2 game. Zac Northen scored 29 in a losing effort for West Allegheny (6-14, 1-9).
Farrell 61, Riverside 46 — Craig Hallman’s 21 points and 11 rebounds weren’t enough as Riverside (13-7, 2-5) fell to visiting No. 4 Farrell (14-5, 7-0) in Section 2-AA action.
Brian Dungee had 18 points and Clarence Kay added 15 for Farrell.
Trinity Christian 64, Cornell 59 — Trinity Christian (6-10, 1-6) won their first Section 3-A game, defeating Cornell (10-8, 4-3). Stephen Abe led the home team to victory with 23 points, converting 11 of 12 free throws.
Yough 75, Southmoreland 62 (OT) — Ben McCavely poured in 50 points as Yough (10-9, 7-3) defeated Southmoreland (0-18, 0-10) in overtime in Section 3-AAA. Yough outscored Southmoreland 14-1 in the extra period. Matt Odroneic scored 22 points in the loss.
Sewickley Academy 68, Union 61 — Antonio DiMaria scored 18 points as Class A No. 2 Sewickley Academy (15-4, 6-1) defeated visiting Union (9-10, 3-4).
Bob Bondi hit four 3-pointers for a team-high 18 points to lead Union.
Duquesne 97, Winchester Thurston 56 — Four players scored in double figures led by Windell Brown’s 17, as Duquesne (6-12, 6-1) rolled past host Winchester Thurston (4-11, 1-6) in Section 4-A competition.
Mike Larson-Edwards had 17 points to pace Winchester Thurston.
St. Joseph 86, Serra 59 — Frank Emmerling made three 3-point shots as No. 4 St. Joseph (17-3, 5-2) jumped out to a 27-10 lead after one quarter on the way to the Section 4-A victory over top-ranked Serra Catholic (11-6, 4-3).
Josh Robinson led the Spartans with 29 points. Chris Conroy had 16 and Emmerling finished with 14.
Serra Catholic senior Brad Matta scored 13 points, passing 1,300 for his career. He is 44 points shy of Greg Latin’s school career scoring record.