For one half last Saturday, it looked like Seton-LaSalle was in the driver's seat to successfully defend its WPIAL Class AA title.
Then the third quarter came.
After taking a six-point halftime lead, Seton-LaSalle slipped up in the third quarter – the Rebels were outscored, 22-12 – and went on to lose to Aliquippa, 68-57, at Petersen Events Center. It was Aliquippa's 11th WPIAL title and first since 1997.
The Rebels were most severely hurt in the pivotal quarter by the play of Aliquippa's Stephon McGinnis and Kaezon Pugh. Aliquippa trailed, 34-28, when McGinnis knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Quips even with 3:59 left. Pugh, who was a force down low, then scored four straight points to complete a 10-0 run and give the Quips a lead they would never relinquish.