No. 6 Union tops No. 11 Clairton with barrage of 3-pointers
Union scored only nine points in the second quarter Friday night and then suddenly 29 in the third.
The Scotties got there three points at a time.
“When one guy hits a 3, we all feel that momentum boost — and it’s a good feeling,” said Scotties senior Seth Pinkerton, who combined with Nathan Meeks and Michael Flowers for a quick barrage of 3-pointers as No. 6 Union defeated No. 11 Clairton, 76-69, in a WPIAL Class A first-round game at Hampton.
Combined, the trio went 5 for 8 from the arc in the third, and Union outscored Clairton by 11 points in the quarter.
Pinkerton scored a team-high 24 points, Meeks and Vince Fuleno each had 16 and Flowers added 15. Union (17-6), last year’s WPIAL runner-up, will face third-seeded Nazareth Prep on Thursday.
Dom Solomon led Clairton (9-11) with 26 points, Brendan Parsons had 14, Andress Wiggins had 12 and Leonard Robinson added 10.
Clairton led 32-29 at halftime behind 17 first-half points from Solomon. The senior took 15 first-half shots and made eight, causing Union trouble with his ability to get to the basket.
But Union face-guarded Solomon in the second half, and the guard was held scoreless in the third. He rallied back with seven in the fourth, but the Bears couldn’t close the gap.
Union’s high-scoring third quarter was the difference.
The Scotties had made only four shots in the second quarter but went 11 for 17 from the field in the third. They sparked an 11-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter.
After consecutive layups by Pinkerton and Flowers, the Scotties held a 62-50 lead with 7:20 left in the fourth.
Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.