The Bethel Park boys tried for the second time to pull off the biggest upset of the playoffs, but came up short once again against undefeated New Castle.
New Castle edged Bethel Park, 71-64, in a PIAA Class AAAA first-round game. Unlike the first meeting when New Castle blew past Bethel Park, 73-46, in the WPIAL quarterfinals, the Black Hawks gave the Red Hurricanes a stiff test.
Bethel Park trailed by only seven points at the half, but New Castle outscored the Black Hawks, 19-6, in the third quarter to extend its lead to 51-31. Bethel Park tried to rally in the fourth, outscoring New Castle, 33-20, but the comeback effort fell short.
Bethel Park's Joe Mascaro, a 5-9 junior guard, produced one of the top performances of any WPIAL player in the postseason, pouring in 38 points.