Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.
(Photo: Indiana's Riley Stapleton pulls down a rebound against Beaver Falls' Josh Creach in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game last Friday at the Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"As much as the Beaver Falls players anticipated taking the court at the Petersen Events Center in the WPIAL Class AAA championship game, the Tigers couldn't wait to leave the building afterward.
It's not surprising. There was no hiding their disappointment following their gut-wrenching, 62-61, loss to Indiana in the final.
Before coach Doug Biega even finished his postgame press conference the team had cleared out of its locker room and headed for the team bus.
Now, however, Beaver Falls (22-2) has to switch gears and turn from upset victim into contender as its journey through the PIAA Class AAA playoffs begins at 7:30 tonight at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry with a first-round matchup against District 10 third-place finisher Meadville (22-3), which needed an overtime win against Girard in a consolation game to even make it into the state tournament."