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Boys Basketball: Vincentian's Wolf feasting on opponents

Written by Brad Everett on .

Ryan Wolf has played a key role in Vincentian's success the past few years, leading the Royals in scoring each of the last three seasons. What's great for the Royals is that Wolf has produced some of his biggest scoring performances of this season over the past few games.

Wolf, a senior guard, has guided Vincentian to the semifinals for the fifth year in a row. The No. 3 seeded Royals (16-8) play No. 2 Monessen (18-6) tonight at Baldwin.

Wolf – who averages 18.4 points a game – scored 29 points in an 87-73 win against Cornell in the quarterfinals. Two games earlier, he scored 30 in the regular-season finale against rival Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. Those represented two of Wolf's three highest scoring outputs of the season.

There's a good chance Wolf will have another big scoring effort tonight, as there should be plenty of points scored in the game. Vincentian leads Class A and the WPIAL in scoring with 84.3 points per game. Monessen is second in Class A with 76.7 points a game.

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Girls Basketball: Explosive offense, tenacious defense fuels Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

Teams that have a 22-1 record and are the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champions will get a lot of attention. That goes with the territory.

Winning also goes with the territory. Ever since the Royals dropped a 72-68 victory on their home court to defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AA champion Seton-LaSalle on Dec. 9, the Royals have put together a 20-game winning streak that will be tested tonight by Imani Christian.

Imani Christian enters the game with an overall record of 16-5 and the team finished second in Section 4-A with an 8-2 record. It's likely, though, Imani hasn't faced a team quite like Vincentian. The Royals are averaging 67.9 points a game and yielding 36.1 points a game. Imani has been solid defensively, giving up 36.1 points a game. The team, though, is averaging 46.4 points a game offensively.

Vincentian has won all 22 of its games by double-digit margins. That includes a 58-48 victory over Blackhawk in the Cougars' Tip-Off Tournament in early December.

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Girls Basketball: Vincentian to visit Gateway tonight

Written by Joe Koch on .

In the past few years, Vincentian coach Ron Moncrief has sought to have his Royals battle-tested before entering the WPIAL Class A girls basketball playoffs. In recent years, his team has traveled the Parkway East to play playoff-bound Gateway High, which finished second in Section 2-AAAA with a 9-3 record. The Gators are 12-9 overall.

Vincentian capped off a perfect Section 2-A season at 12-0 with a 61-48 victory over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic this past Thursday night. That game began a stretch where the Royals will have played four games in five days.

Pitt recruit Brenna Wise scored 14 of her team-leading 18 points in the second quarter when the Royals outscored the Trojanettes 26-10 to put the game in the Royals' control.

"She was coming off her lowest half of the season, so we knew everyone would feed off her energy," Moncrief said.

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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Vincentian's Jamison Nee

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Name: Jamison Nee
School: Vincentian
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Nee is averaging a team-high 21 points per game for Vincentian, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 team in WPIAL Class A. Nee knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 28 points in Vincentian's loss to Class AA No. 4 Seton-LaSalle on Sunday. The Royals are 11-6 overall and 8-0 in Section 2.

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Boys Basketball: Vincentian still the title favorite in Class A

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Vincentian has lost five games this season after suffering a total of 12 the previous four seasons.

But don't let the Royals' 6-5 record fool you. They're still arguably the best team in WPIAL Class A. The Royals are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL and No. 4 in the state.

If the WPIAL had a "strength of schedule" statistic, Vincentian (3-0 in Section 2) would be near the top. The Royals have played a meat grinder of a non-section slate. They've lost four games against WPIAL teams – Class AAAA Butler and Mt. Lebanon, and Class AAA South Fayette and Beaver Falls – squads who boasted a 30-8 record entering the week. The Royals still have non-section games remaining against Class AAAA Upper St. Clair (8-2) and Class AA Seton-LaSalle (8-1).