Pitt-Johnstown 93, Penn State-New Kensington 47: In New Kensington, Pitt-Johnstown got 18 points from Jake Laravie and a double-double from Adam Shaheen in a lopsided victory at Penn State-New Kensington on Thursday.
Pitt-Johnstown improved to 2-0.
The Mountain Cats raced out to a 52-22 halftime advantage and never looked back in the 46-point win.
Laravie scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line to pace five Mountain Cats who scored in double figures.
Andrew Cressler had 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Shaheen collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Bill Luther tallied 13 points. Paul Weatherly finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Pitt-Johnstown.
The Mountain Cats dominated in every aspect. Pitt-Johnstown, which outrebounded the Lions 51-18, shot 46 percent (36 of 78) from the field, 10 of 32 from 3-point range, and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Pitt-Johnstown held Penn State-New Kensington to just 32.1-percent shooting, including just
Shaquille Hager led Penn State-New Kensington (0-1) with 13 points.
Pitt-Johnstown 91, Washington Adventist 58: It was another career-night for Kayla DeCriscio. After scoring 24 points in Tuesday’s opener, DeCriscio came back with seven more 3-pointers and a career-high 26 points to lead the Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team to a victory over Washington Adventist, Thursday evening in the Sports Center.
Coach Mike Drahos earned his first win at the helm of the Pitt-Johnstown program, which evened its record at 1-1.
Decriscio and Kelsey Sleighter started the night with back-to-back 3-pointers, before another one from Nicole Carman gave the Lady Cats a 12-2 lead five minutes into the game.
Washington Adventist battled back to cut it to 21-15 on a Rashawnda Carter layup at 11:09, but Pitt-Johnstown outscored the Shock 15-2 over the next six minutes to build the lead to 36-17 on another DeCriscio 3-pointer.
Washington Adventist never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Sleighter scored to extend it to 20 late in the half, before the Lady Cats took a 41-23 halftime advantage into the locker room.
It was more of the same in the second half. One of Leah Hansen’s four 3-pointers pushed the lead out to 31 with 12:31 to play.
Jamie Tabon gave Pitt-Johnstown its largest lead of the night at 89-50 with a 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes remaining. Lady Cats
Pitt-Johnstown then cruised to the 33-point win.
DeCriscio led all scorers and four Pitt-Johnstown double-figure scorers with 26 points. DeCriscio also grabbed nine rebounds while Carman finished with a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds. Hansen had 13 points and Inaya Stephenson tallied 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
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