Acie's 28 points lift McKeesport to OT win
When McKeesport needed points Saturday, the Tigers turned to their ace.
Or in this case, their Acie.
Carlitto Acie had his way with Bethel Park, scoring a career-high 28 points to lead No. 11 seed McKeesport to a 58-54 overtime win against the No. 6 Black Hawks in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at Baldwin.
Hampton 53, Mt. Lebanon 48
Hampton takes on Mt. Lebanon in high school basketball action.
Aliquippa 69, Avonworth 60
Aliquippa takes on Avonworth in high school basketball action.
McKeesport (15-7) will play No. 3 Hampton (19-4) in a quarterfinal next Saturday. Bethel Park (17-6) had been looking for its first playoff win since 2007.
Bethel Park trailed, 57-54, with 10 seconds left in overtime when it got the ball to Rohan Young, who misfired on a 3-pointer from the top of the key. McKeesport got the rebound, and Jamie Grayson made a free throw with 6.7 seconds left to put the game away.
Acie was the star. Bethel Park led, 29-24, at halftime, but Acie scored 14 points in the third quarter to put McKeesport in front, 46-41. Acie's biggest moment came midway through the third when he scored eight points in 1:04 to turn a 33-26 deficit into a 34-33 lead. The Tigers never trailed again. Acie finished with six 3-pointers.
"If I was a spectator, it would have been fun to watch," said Bethel Park coach Ben O'Connor. "But, being that I was coaching against him, it wasn't fun at all."
McKeesport won despite not making a field goal the final 9:41. The Tigers made 9 of 17 free throws in that span and held Bethel Park to three points in the overtime. Bethel Park's Wyatt Hagerty made one of two free throws with 24 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Cody Gilchrist led Bethel Park with 22 points and Young had 15.
Hagerty added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Class AAAA first round
• Upper St. Clair 57, Norwin 56: Jordan Grabowski's 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left helped No. 4 Upper St. Clair (20-3) survive a major scare against Norwin (13-10) at Gateway. The Panthers made 14 3-pointers, including eight by Joel Klein, who finished with 24 points.
• Hampton 53, Mt. Lebanon 48: Ryan Luther scored 19 points to help No. 3 Hampton (19-4) beat Mt. Lebanon (10-13) at North Allegheny. The Talbots made 18 of 21of their free-throw attempts.
Class AA preliminary round
• Brentwood 56, California 50: Jason Pilarski scored 19 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to help the Spartans (13-9) upset Section 5 champion California (18-4) at Peters Township.
• Shady Side Academy 48, Deer Lakes 45: Dan Marous had all nine of his points in the fourth quarter to push the Indians (9-14) to the upset win against Section 1 co-champion Deer Lakes (16-7) at North Hills.
• Washington 76, Jefferson-Morgan 32: Washington (17-6) scored the first 28 points of the game and hammered Jefferson-Morgan (11-12) at Chartiers Valley. Josh Wise led the Little Prexies with 19 points.
• Aliquippa 69, Avonworth 60: Jaleel Fields scored 13 points to push the Quips (10-13) to a win against the Antelopes (13-10) at North Allegheny.
• Mohawk 49, Serra Catholic 43: At Chartiers Valley, Mohawk (10-13) got 17 points from Lucas Grim and outscored Serra (13-9), 15-4, in the second quarter.
• Apollo-Ridge 66, Neshannock 64: Lucas Burrell (18 points) was one of five players scoring in double figures for the Vikings (16-7) in their win against the Lancers (17-6) at Highlands.
• Riverside 58, West Shamokin 53: Tyler Falk scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter to lift the Panthers (15-8) to the victory against the Wolves (11-11) at Highlands.
• Bishop Canevin 59, Charleroi 52: Matt Tambellini's 19 points helped the Crusaders (11-12) beat the Cougars (14-7) at Peters Township.