Helm’s hot hand leads No. 7 Greensburg Central Catholic past Geibel in WPIAL 1st round
Members of Greensburg Central Catholic’s boys basketball team knew senior Geoff Helm would have to figure into an opening-round playoff victory.
But the team didn’t plan on seeing a second quarter like the one Helm had on Friday night.
Helm, a Shippenburg recruit, poured in 14 of his game-high 29 points — consecutively — in the second frame Friday night to power the No. 7-seeded Centurions past No. 10 Geibel, 62-35, at Charleroi.
The long-bodied Helm scored on layups, 3-pointers and short jumpers for GCC (17-6), which advances to play No. 2 Cornell (18-4) in the quarterfinals Thursday at a time and site to be determined.
Helm made 6 of 8 shots in the second as GCC outscored the Gators (11-12), 18-7.
It was 15-12 in favor of GCC when Helm found his rhythm. A 9-0 run, started by a layup from Max Pisula, allowed GCC to extend its advantage to 22-12.
It was 29-15 at halftime.
Geibel, which led early at 6-2, tried to rally with 3-pointers after GCC took command.
While the Gators couldn’t get the deficit under double figures in the second half, they made five 3s in the third to get within 11 (43-32).
Geibel was punching at the air in the fourth as GCC started the quarter with a 15-0 run to take a 26-point advantage at 58-32.
Tommy Erdely’s 3 made it a 20-point game.
Brandon Brown, one of several reserves to score for GCC, made it 62-32. GCC outscored the Gators, 19-3, in the fourth.
Geibel made seven 3-pointers. Kaeleb Lehman finished with 12 points, on four 3s, and Ryan Anderson scored 10.
The game started 40 minutes late because of a foul-plagued girls game that saw Winchester Thurston edge past Frazier, 60-56.
Geibel junior Enzo Fetsko (19.8 ppg) came in needing 24 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
He finished with five points.
Eight players scored for GCC. Pisula had seven and Joel LoNigro added six.
Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.