Brad Everett covered Tuesday's game between Carrick and Allderdice.
(Photo: Allderdice's Alex Bell drives to the basket against Carrick's Jabar Atkins and Tyler Quinten Tuesday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"Allderdice didn't shoot particularly well Tuesday against Carrick, so the Dragons decided to feed the ball inside to capitalize on their considerable height advantage.
It worked to perfection.
For a team hungry to repeat as City League champions and be considered one of the best teams in Western Pennsylvania, feasting on its opponent in the league opener is exactly what Allderdice cooked up. Lamone Dixon came off the bench to score 18 points -- all in the second half -- and Ramon Creighton added 14 to help Allderdice improve to 8-1 for the second consecutive season after a 71-50 win at Carrick.
"We came out here with a mindset that we had to set the tone in the city," Creighton said. "Right now, everybody has us winning [the City League title] again, but we know we have a target on our back. City League to WPIAL teams to everybody; everyone wants to beat us right now, no matter who you are.""