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Boys Basketball: Vincentian wary of athletic Clairton team

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2014 0220 Vincentian BBasketball(Photo: Vincentian Academy's Greg Kaniecki and his teammates will have to rebound well to defeat Clairton. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"As the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team attempts to defend its WPIAL Class A title, a familiar name stands in its way.

In Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal, Vincentian (21-2) will play Clairton (10-6) at 6:15 p.m. at West Allegheny in a rematch of last season's district final. But there won't be much to be gained from looking back at last season's meeting, because most of the high-profile players on the Bears' side in that game are long gone.

Clairton lost all five starters and a few key reserves from last season's WPIAL runner-up. With a new group of starters, the Bears started just 5-4 before winning five of their past six games, including a 55-51 overtime win Friday against Sewickley Academy in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.

"The report I got on them is that they are very athletic," Vincentian coach George Yokitis said. "The Matthews kid, who is their quarterback in football, is very adept at playing basketball, too. He dominates the boards.""

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Boys Basketball: Vincentian's Wolf claims North scoring crown

Written by Brad Everett on .

The WPIAL's highest-scoring offense features the No. 1 scorer among all North area players.

Vincentian's Ryan Wolf, a 5-foot-9 junior guard, averaged 25.3 points per game during the regular season, the top mark in the North region.

Wolf ranked fifth among all WPIAL and City League players. Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico (10th, 22.9) and Hampton's Ryan Luther (12th, 22.1) were the other North players finishing in the top 15.

It's been a huge season for Wolf, who scored a season-high 40 points against Obama Academy on Jan. 26. Wolf began the season with scoring efforts of 38 and 33 points. He scored his 1,000th career point against Serra Catholic on Dec. 27.

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Varsity Xtra: Chaos reigns - Vincentian's fast pace produces points

Written by Mike White on .

In this week's Varsity Xtra cover story, Post-Gazette writer Mike White profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team, which is scoring like few teams have in WPIAL history. Click here to read his story.

2014 0131 Vincentian BBasketball(Photo: Vincentian Academy's Ryan Wolf puts up a three-point shot against Obama Academy's Calque Jones Sunday afternoon. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Just about everything associated with the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team is small.

The Royals are in the WPIAL's smallest classification. Student enrollment at the school in McCandless is only 262 in grades 9-12 (boys and girls). The team doesn't have a starter taller than 6 feet 1 and the Royals play in a tiny gym that holds only 225 people.

But Vincentian's team has one thing that is extraordinarily big -- a scoring average.

Vincentian is scoring points at a rate rarely seen in the WPIAL. The Royals are averaging 93.9 points a game, at least 10 more than any other WPIAL team. It is highly unusual for a team to average more than 90 points for an entire season. It is believed the last one -- and one of the few in WPIAL history -- to average 90 a game was the 1991-92 Blackhawk Cougars, who went 32-1 and averaged 91 points."

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Girls Basketball: Vincentian has a target on its back

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Vincentian girls basketball team. Click here to read his story.

2014 0130 Vincentian GBasketball(Photo: Vincentian Academy's Brenna Wise covers Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Paige Kizior during the teams' first meeting Jan. 13, which the Royals won. Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

"Last season, as they floated under the radar early in the regular season, there was always the chance a team would take the Vincentian Royals lightly.

There was a chance Vincentian could get a win without playing its best game.

The Royals started a freshman, their best player was a sophomore and they had graduated four seniors from the previous season.

Flying under the radar is not an option for Vincentian this season, nor is having an off day and expecting to be able to muster a win."

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Boys Basketball: Wolf leads the pack for high-scoring Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"For Vincentian Academy boys basketball coach George Yokitis, the most gratifying aspect of a season that has vaulted the Royals to the No. 4 spot in the statewide Class A rankings and a 13-0 record has been his team's work ethic.

Following Saturday's heart-stopping, 95-92 Section 2-A victory against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic before a standing-room crowd at Avonworth High School and a 115-88 decision against Sewickley Academy Tuesday, the Royals' scoring average lifted to 94.8 points per game, while the Royals are surrendering 67.2 points per contest.

High school basketball games are 32 minutes in length, divided in four eight-minute quarters. If taken to the level of a college game, which has a length of 40 minutes over two 20-minute halves, the Royals' average is equivalent to 118 points a game. If the NBA length of 48 minutes were in place, Vincentian would be equal to an average of 142.2 points a game."