Hot outside shooting lifts Class AAAA No. 4 North Allegheny
On a cold and blustery night when many chose to stay inside, the North Allegheny boys basketball team was more than happy being outside.
North Allegheny got hot from the outside, making 14 3-pointers in a 55-49 win against visiting Seneca Valley in a Class AAAA Section 3 contest.
James Meeker connected on five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 17 points for North Allegheny (6-0, 3-0), which is ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA.
North Allegheny made only three two-point baskets and was 7 for 11 from the free-throw line. The Tigers trailed by one after three quarters, but outscored Seneca Valley (4-2, 2-1), 15-8, in the fourth.
Easton Bazzoli paced the Raiders with 16 points.
Other top boys games
• Shomari Thomas made a basket with 1.5 seconds left to give Class AAAA No. 3 Gateway (4-0, 3-0) a 38-36 victory against visiting Plum (2-4, 1-2) in Section 2. Deon Cottrell-Baker led Gateway with 14 points.
• Ryan Luther scored 24 points and Class AAAA No. 2 Hampton (7-0, 3-0) outscored host Shaler (4-3, 0-3) by nine points in the fourth quarter en route to a 60-50 win in Section 3. Shaler's Geno Thorpe scored 13 points.
• Jay Fyda's 24 points and 10 rebounds led Quigley Catholic (6-1) to a 62-54 upset of visiting Class A No. 1 Lincoln Park (3-3). Quigley trailed, 38-30, at the half, but outscored Lincoln Park, 18-4, in the third quarter.
• In a matchup of unbeaten teams, Tyler Grebur made two free throws with 10 seconds left to give host Serra Catholic (7-0) a 60-58 win against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (5-1). Max Kaminsky led Serra with 17 points and Grebur added 14.
Clairton makes debut
• Bryon Clifford scored 20 points and Clairton (1-0) rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting East Allegheny (3-5), 56-46, in a non-section game. Many of Clairton's basketball players were on the school's state championship football team, so the Bears delayed the start of their basketball season.
Stars of the night
• Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico scored 38 points in leading the Foxes (7-0, 3-0) to a 67-62 win at Woodland Hills (2-5, 0-3) in Class AAAA Section 2. D'Amico has scored at least 22 points in five games.
• Mike Tappe set a school-record by scoring 39 points, but Aquinas Academy (1-6) fell to host Rochester (2-6), 81-68, in a non-section game.
Boys hot shots
• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Joel Klein, Upper St. Clair, 8; Matt Indorante, Charleroi, 7; Adam Fox, Waynesburg, 6; James Meeker, North Allegheny, 5; Greg Lydon, Shaler, 5; Lucas Burrell, Apollo-Ridge, 4; Mike Tappe, Aquinas Academy, 4; Austin Logan, Beaver, 4; Tim Jaczesko, Deer Lakes, 4; Matt Renzi, Franklin Regional, 4; Austin Miller, Knoch, 4; Scott Siddall, Laurel, 4; Brandon Domenick, New Castle, 4; Anthony Richards, New Castle, 4; Kendall Paige, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 4; Dakota Norton, Peters Township, 4; Nick Parello, Peters Township, 4; Micah Glenn, Quaker Valley, 4; Jay Fyda, Quigley, 4; Zac Black, Southmoreland, 4; Mike Miara, West Allegheny, 4; Jack Stoner, Woodland Hills, 4.
Top girls game
• Class AAAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (5-1) dropped its first game this season, 43-37, to Spring-Ford in the KSA tournament in Orlando, Fla. Spring-Ford, located near Philadelphia, was a PIAA Class AAAA semifinalist last season.
• Morgan Berardi scored her 1,000th career point in leading host Carmichaels (6-1) to a 48-35 victory against Charleroi (5-2). Berardi had 18 points in the game and has 1,002 in her career.
Girls hot shots
• Players who made four or more 3-pointers: Jenna Devinney, Chartiers Valley, 5; Erin Difalco, Franklin Regional, 4;
(Photo: Seton-LaSalle's Luke Brumbaugh draws the defensive attention of Fort Cherry's Phil Baker in the first half Friday night at Seton-LaSalle. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette.)