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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls' goal: Just shake it off

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

2015 0306 BeaverFalls BBasketball(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."

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls splits fantastic finishes

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All the fans at Pitt's Petersen Events Center Friday night will remember the finish as Indiana upset Beaver Falls, 61-60, with 1.5 seconds left in the WPIAL Class AAA Championship. But for Beaver Falls' fans, it was the second fantastic finish of the week.

Tuesday night, in front of a packed Metheny Fieldhouse at Geneva College, the Tigers won on a fantastic finish. Senior Keyan Gibson hit his first three-pointer of the game with nine seconds left to give Beaver Falls a 49-48 lead over New Castle and then senior Zach Duffy sealed the win with a steal and free throws with 0:00.8 left in the 52-49 win. There were an estimated 3,000 fans at that game and some fans were turned away because there wasn't any standing room left.

Sophomore Donovan Jeter had a double-double that game with 21 points and 12 rebounds while fellow sophomore Josh Creach had the double-double at The Pete with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Beaver Falls starts it quest for a state title Friday against Meadville at North Catholic.

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Boys Basketball: Senior guard helps Beaver Falls to final

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

"At the beginning of this season, Javon Turner wasn't all that impressed with Beaver Falls' boys basketball team.

"I knew we needed to be better," said Turner, a senior guard. "We were just a basic team, but we worked hard in practice and started to get better and better.

"With each game, we started to see the improvements and wanted to keep getting better."

Those early-season adjustments helped propel Beaver Falls (22-2) back into the WPIAL semifinals as well as earning a berth into the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. The Tigers edged New Castle, 52-49, in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament Tuesday night at Geneva College."

 

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls riding sophomores to final

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Beaver Falls basketball standouts Josh Creach and Donovan Jeter.

2015 0227 BeaverFalls BBasketball(Photo: Beaver Falls' Josh Creach, left, and Donovan Jeter, right. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"This dominating combo thing has some history to it with Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach.

"Second grade, 2006," Jeter was saying. "We were defensive linemen together on a pee-wee football team, went 10-0, won the championship and didn't let anyone score all year."

Eight years later, the only thing that has changed with this combo is the sport. The dominating remains the same.

Jeter and Creach are now a two-headed monster for the Beaver Falls basketball team, a pair of 6-foot-5 forwards who are the top two scorers and rebounders for the Tigers. But here's the unusual thing about them: they are only sophomores."

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls returns to ... Beaver Falls?

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For one of the most talked about playoff matchups in years, Beaver Falls is travelling all the way to Beaver Falls to play New Castle tonight. The game will be played at Geneva College's Metheny Fieldhouse, also in Beaver Falls. In fact, Beaver Falls plays its home football games at Geneva College.

That, however, doesn't mean that the Tigers will have any special home court advantage – the last time Beaver Falls played a post-season game at Geneva was 1994, the last year that Metheny hosted a post-season high school game. That year, a Dante Calabria-led Blackhawk team edged a Troy Nesmith-led Beaver Falls team to a 61-60 win.

No one is exactly sure why it took 23 years before post-season high school basketball to return to Geneva although the high school three-point line being taped down could have something to do with it. New Castle played there Friday night in defeating Hampton as the Red Hurricanes bring a crowd that few high school gyms can hold. New Castle has played there twice this year, losing to Lincoln Park and defeating Hampton.