It’s been a decade since South Allegheny last qualified for the WPIAL boys’ basketball playoffs, but the Gladiators could get there this season.
South Allegheny has rebounded from a winless season in which it went 0-21 and finds itself tied for fourth place – thus the final playoff spot – in Class AA Section 3. The Gladiators have not advanced to the postseason since the 2002-03 season.
While their record isn’t all that impressive – 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the section – the Gladiators are tied with Shady Side Academy and Riverview. Those teams trail Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette and Serra Catholic, all of whom are projected to make the playoffs.
One more section win would give the Gladiators their most since the 2006-07 season, when they went 5-7. The last five seasons, the Gladiators had a combined six section victories.
The Gladiators are coached by Tony Dicenzo, who is the program’s fourth head coach in as many seasons. The Gladiators have been led by junior forward Kordell Thompson.