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.
Blue Jackets outlast Pens in double-OT
Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury stuffed the initial shot by Cam Atkinson but Calvert stood all alone at the left post and wristed a shot into the open net to even the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at one game each.
Brewers rally to clip Pirates
Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night.
Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the last 65 games of 2013 following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.
Area runners gearing for Boston Marathon
The time was 12:15 p.m. It was Monday April 19, 1897. Tom Burke had drawn a line across the dirt road with his foot. Eighteen men gathered near Metcalf’s Mill in Ashland, Massachusetts.
UPJ takes one, drops second
John Fees’ spring baseball season accurately mirrors that of his Pitt-Johnstown team.
Fees started slow, losing his first four decisions, but has rebounded nicely in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.
Brewers ward off late Pirates rally bid
Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.
Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.
Drama lacking sans Tiger
If professional golf saw its future at Augusta National last weekend, the sight had to be worse than choking on a 5-foot putt.
The course was there in all its splendor.
Penguins are wary of spunky Blue Jackets
Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you’re the best hockey player in the world.
Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins star knows the spotlight becomes more acute in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Pirates power past Brewers
Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.
Jackets preparing for Game 2
The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.
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