Last week: Cook and the Tigers did their best to turn the final rounds of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs into a coronation, beating Apollo-Ridge, 71-39, in the
semifinals before routing Burrell, 61-33, in the championship Saturday for their second consecutive WPIAL title. Against Burrell, Cook, a senior, made 8 of 13 shots
for a game-high 20 points.
Check this out: Cook was the second-leading scorer at 16 points per game and was an outside shooting threat for the top-ranked team in Class AA. The Tigers, who lost
in the PIAA championship last year to Imhotep Charter of Philadelphia, begin the PIAA playoffs with a first-round game against Bald Eagle Area Saturday at North Allegheny.
• What was the feeling like to be able to lift the championship trophy? It was amazing. There's nothing like it, especially during your senior year. It felt great.
• Was it very heavy? They've got a little weight to them.
• What makes you and Elijah Cottrill such a potent backcourt tandem? Elijah can score whenever. He's such a terrific athlete all around. We complement each other very
• Your coach, Doug Biega, was in line for his 300th career win in the WPIAL title. Was that in the back of your minds? Yeah, it was. We've been through a lot and we
just wanted to give him his 300th win in the worst way.
• The way your team plays is a very fast, up-tempo style. Does that ever get tiring? We're about seven or eight [players] deep. It kind of takes its toll, but we run
like that every day in practice so we're used to it by now.
• What are some of the team's biggest advantages heading into the state playoffs? Probably that we've been there. Me and Elijah have that experience of playing in the
• Who's your favorite NBA player? Kobe Bryant.