Boys Basketball: Westinghouse falls in first round of PIAA playoffs

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It had been five years since Westinghouse played a game in the main draw of the PIAA tournament.

Its stay was brief.

Westinghouse lost to Riverside, 50-39, in a PIAA Class 3A first-round game last Friday. Riverside, the WPIAL's fifth-place finisher, led by four points after three quarters and outscored Westinghouse, 16-9, in the fourth quarter to pull away. Justin Baust paced Riverside (17-8) with 15 points, while Dominique Aime led Westinghouse (13-10) with 11.

Westinghouse finished with losses in four of its final five games, but the season had to have been considered a success after the Bulldogs reached the main draw of the PIAA playoffs for the first time since 2012. They lost a play-in game in 2013.


Boys Basketball: Westinghouse plays PIAA opener Friday

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Westinghouse didn't stick around very long in the City League playoffs.

The Bulldogs are hoping their stay in the PIAA playoffs is a little bit lengthier.

Friday is a big day for Westinghouse, which will play a game in the main draw of the PIAA tournament for the first time in five years. The Bulldogs (13-9) will take on Riverside (16-8) in a Class 3A first-round game at Allderdice at 7 p.m. Riverside is the fifth-place finisher from the WPIAL. The Panthers lost to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the quarterfinals.

Westinghouse earned an invite to the tournament after winning a subregional game last Tuesday. The Bulldogs defeated District 5 opponent Everett, 59-48. It had been 12 days since Westinghouse played its previous game, a 43-40 loss to Allderdice in the City League championship. When the Bulldogs take the floor Friday, it will have been 11 days since the win against Everett.


Boys Basketball: Westinghouse qualifies for PIAA playoffs

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Westinghouse lost a heartbreaker to Allderdice in the City League semifinals, but still had an opportunity to play itself into the PIAA tournament.

The Bulldogs made the most of their chance.

Westinghouse earned a spot in the PIAA Class 3A playoffs Monday courtesy of a 59-48 win against District 5 champion Everett in the Districts 5-8 subregional championship game. The Bulldogs (13-9) will make their first appearance in the main draw of the PIAA tournament since 2012. They lost in a play-in game the following season.

Westinghouse now takes aim at making some noise in the state playoffs. The Bulldogs will play Riverside (16-8) in a first-round game next Friday. Riverside lost to eventual champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the WPIAL quarterfinals.


Boys Basketball: Westinghouse ends Allderdice’s long City League win streak

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When Allderdice beat Westinghouse, 71-48, on Feb. 10, 2014, it began what would eventually grow to a 33-game winning streak against City League opponents.

That impressive run ended Wednesday against the team that was on the short end of that first victory.

Westinghouse handed visiting Allderdice a 57-40 loss, putting to sleep a streak that lasted nearly three full years. Allderdice won its final five games of the 2013-14 season -- including the first of three consecutive City League championships -- did not lose a league game in either the 2014-15 or 2015-16 seasons, and won its first four contests against league foes this season.

Koran Fleming scored a game-high 14 points for Westinghouse in Wednesday's win. Allderdice outscored Westinghouse, 12-9, in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs took a 19-17 halftime lead and outscored the Dragons, 38-23, in the second half to roll to a win that snapped a two-game losing streak. Jackson Blaufeld paced the Dragons with 13 points.


Boys Basketball: Westinghouse hopes for big turnaround

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From 1-14 to City League championship contender?

Although it looks odd, the scenario could play out for Westinghouse, which didn't win a league game last season and enters this season on 12-game losing streak.

An influx of Wilkinsburg players -- that school closed in June -- helped the Westinghouse football team vastly improve this fall, and the same could very well happen in basketball. Wilkinsburg went 16-8 and reached the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs last season.

Eugene Wilson, formerly of Wilkinsburg, takes over as coach. His starting five consists of five players who started for their respective teams last season. Senior point guard Koran Fleming, senior guard-forward Genaro Coleman and senior forward Dominique Aime started at Wilkinsburg. Senior guard forward Allen Barr and 6-foot-10 junior center James Ellis started at Westinghouse.