Boys Basketball: High-scoring Vincentian completes another fine season

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It was business as usual this winter for Vincentian (24-4), which kept the scoreboard busy and racked up win after win. A fourth consecutive 20-win season came to an end last Friday when the Royals lost to WPIAL champion Lincoln Park, 99-64, in a PIAA Class A quarterfinal game. The Royals finished 24-4.

This team will likely most be remembered for a super-charged offense that poured in a whopping 90.5 points per game. Lincoln Park was the only other WPIAL team to average more than 75 a game. Vincentian broke the century mark five times, scoring 115 against Sewickley Academy, the most by any WPIAL team this season.

"We were as short as we've ever been, so we sort of thought before the year that we didn't want to get caught in half-court games," coach George Yokitis said. "We worked diligently on our transition game and our half-court trapping."


Girls Basketball: Second-quarter blitz puts Vincentian in PIAA semifinals

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With less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter of this past Saturday's girls PIAA Class A quarterfinal between WPIAL champion Vincentian Academy and District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic, the Eagles tied the game at 12-12 on a 3-point field goal.

That's when Ron Moncrief knew that for his team to survive, it would have to adapt.

"We were getting in foul trouble with our man-to-man, so we switched over to a zone and that kind of slowed them down," said Moncrief as he watched his complete a 16-2 run to finish the second quarter and earn a berth in Tuesday's semifinals with a 56-29 victory over Kennedy Catholic.


Girls Basketball: Strong first half boosts West top seed Vincentian

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If there was any concern about a post-WPIAL hangover, the WPIAL Class A champion Vincentian Royals put that notion to rest with a dominating first half in a 53-36 victory over Port Allegany, the No. 3 team from District 9, in a PIAA first-round game played this past Saturday at Chartiers Valley High School.

The 23-3 Royals -- the top seed in the Western region -- meet Berlin Brothersvalley, the No. 3 team from District 5, in a second-round game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hempfield Area High School. Berlin Brothersvalley advanced with a 59-42 victory over District 6-A runner-up Portage and improved to 22-4.

Vincentian took any drama out of the game with Port Allegany by outscoring the Gators 32-11 in the first half. Brenna Wise had a dominating game for Vincentian. She scored 13 of her team-high 19 points in the first half. The 6-0 guard/forward also cleared 14 rebounds and blocked four shots. Teammate Torrieonna Cash added 13 points.


Girls Basketball: Vincentian girls "three-peat"

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

"A quick 5-0 run by Serra Catholic to open the second half pulled the Eagles to within two points of Vincentian Saturday in the WPIAL Class A final.

A seven-point halftime lead was cut down to 34-32.

Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief called a timeout.

"I told them basketball is a game of runs," Moncrief said. "Serra is a really good team, they had their run, now it is time to make our run."

The Royals made their run, all the way to a third consecutive WPIAL championship."



Boys Basketball: Vincentian looks to regroup

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One win away from reaching the WPIAL Class A title game, defending champion Vincentian faced a team that surprisingly looked much like itself. The opponent enjoyed playing at a fast pace, thrived in transition and never met a shot it didn't like.

"They played our game, our style," Vincentian coach George Yokitis said of Monessen.

Added Yokitis: "I just thought they shot the ball better than us."

Final score: Monessen 110, Vincentian 99.

That WPIAL semifinal game last Tuesday at Montour will be remembered for a long time. Monessen broke a WPIAL playoff record for most points in a game. The teams combined for the most points ever in a WPIAL playoff game.