Drew Karpen profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team.
After defeating Neshannock, 74-58, in a PIAA Class AA second-round game last Wednesday, Greensburg Central Catholic (23-4) lost a close quarterfinal game to West Middlesex, 49-44, Saturday.
The Centurions finished the regular season as Section 2 champs before making it to the WPIAL Class AA semifinals, where Aliquippa defeated them, 85-61.
Greensburg Central Catholic won its PIAA first-round game against Chestnut Ridge, 65-34.
Greensburg Central Catholic was all ready to celebrate one of the biggest upsets for the school in recent memory.
Not only did the Centurions stand toe-to-toe with powerhouse Seton-LaSalle, they were leading 52-51 with less than three seconds remaining in regulation.
Then the improbable happened as Rebels senior Cassidy Walsh ended the team's season with a half-court buzzer-beater to cap a 54-52 win in the second round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs for Seton-LaSalle.
Greensburg Central Catholic still had an impressive run just to get to the state playoffs, especially after losing Bishop Canevin in the WPIAL Class AA tournament, the Centurions had to win a state play-in game, then roll through as the No. 6 seed out of District 7.
Eddie Kilkeary paced the Bearcat offense during the team's 4-3 Florida swing, hitting .688 with 11 hits in 16 at-bats. The freshman totaled seven extra base hits, including three home runs, while also adding 11 RBIs.
Kilkeary put together a 4-for-5 performance against Milwaukee School of Engineering with a pair of homers and five RBIs. He racked up 26 total bases and a slugging percentage of 1.625.
The Greensburg Central Catholic graduate earned PAC Hitter of the Week.
(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)
In what has become somewhat of an expectation, Greensburg Central Catholic won its PIAA first-round game, 65-34, over District 5 champ Chestnut Ridge on Saturday.
The Centurions (22-3) are one of two WPIAL teams -- the other being Beaver Falls -- to win a state playoff game in each of the past six years.
Romano Sebastiani scored a team-high 19 points, while Tyler White added 15 points and Dominic Rullo 12 for Greensburg Central Catholic.
The Centurions will return to action Wednesday against WPIAL foe Neshannock at 7:30 p.m. at Canon-McMillan.