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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls handles step up to Class AAA well

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Drew Karpen profiles the Beaver Falls boys basketball team.

"For years, Beaver Falls made it look easy competing in Class AA.

The Tigers were ready for a new challenge this season, something they accomplished by voluntarily moving up to Class AAA.

It wasn't a move the Tigers did just for the fun of it, however. According to Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega, they knew they were bringing back a team that could make a serious run at a WPIAL title, no matter the classification.

"They handled it how they expected to handle it," Biega said. "We made the move expecting to succeed. I am proud of how they responded to the change in class."

 

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Boys Basketball: Beaver Falls rebounds from tough WPIAL loss

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After losing a WPIAL title in the final 1.5 seconds, the possibility existed that Beaver Falls could suffer some sort of let down – going from top competition at Pitt's Petersen Events Center to a Class A high school gym (North Catholic) floor against an unknown opponent in Meadville.

The loss seemed to have no lingering effect although the Tigers did win in rather unusual fashion, 76-50. Senior guard Zach Duffy led the Tigers in scoring for the first time with 20 points and Beaver Falls went deeper on its young bench than usual due to foul trouble.

Sophomore Josh Creach didn't get a chance to follow his monster WPIAL title game due to foul trouble and finished with just eight points but fellow sophomore big man Donovan Jeter did score 18. Duffy's six three pointers will give Mars something to prepare for tonight at Ambridge. This matchup is the one the WPIAL basketball committee expected to be played at Pitt as Mars was the top-seed and Beaver Falls the second seed in the WPIAL playoffs.

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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."