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Boys Basketball: Monessen prepared for postseason

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles the Monessen boys basketball team.

"Monessen cruised to an undefeated Section 3-A title this year, including two 50-point victories against second-place California in the regular season, the only section opponent the Trojans lost to.

But as dominating as the Greyhounds' section play was, it may have been for naught if it wasn't for the team's challenging non-section slate against powerhouse teams from higher classifications.

"I try to get the best teams I possibly can," Monessen coach Joe Salvino said. "Simply because I want to prepare my team for what I think is going to happen at the end of the season."

Monessen (19-6, 12-0) played top Class AAAA teams North Allegheny, Upper St. Clair and Chartiers Valley along with Class AAA power New Castle and Aliquippa of Class AA. The Greyhounds lost each game against those various playoff teams, but what emerged from those losses was a sense of confidence and belief that carried Monessen to the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs and a berth in the PIAA playoffs after a quarterfinal win against none other than California, 73-38."

 

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Boys Basketball: Monessen meets Vincentian in the semifinals ... again

Written by Brad Everett on .

When Monessen and Vincentian squared off in last year's WPIAL Class A semifinals, it was unlike any playoff game the WPIAL had ever seen.

Final score: Monessen 110, Vincentian 99

If you kept score in that one, chances are you couldn't keep pace with the action. The teams combined for the most points scored in a game in WPIAL playoff history. Monessen's point total was also a WPIAL playoff record.

The teams meet again tonight in a semifinal at Baldwin.

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Monessen vs. Aliquippa The PBC High School Classic (Jan. 25)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Monessen and Aliquippa are paired in the PBC High School Classic, Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Montour High School.  It was a highly physical game and even though Aliquippa went up early, Monessen fought to the end.  Final score, Aliquippa 95, Monessen 71.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports and News Service

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Boys Basketball: Monessen coasting through section play

Written by Brad Everett on .

Monessen will be tested by a Class A opponent at some point this season, but it's a good bet that it won't happen until the playoffs.

The Greyhounds (11-6, 8-0) have been absolutely dominant against Section 3 competition, winning their section contests by an average of 62 points per game, with the closest result being 49 points.

The biggest eye opener was last Friday's 101-11 win against Avella, one of the largest margins of victory by a WPIAL team in years. The Greyhounds led, 75-7, at halftime.

Monessen is 10-0 against Class A foes. The Greyhounds own double-digit wins against Jeannette and Clairton.