Mike White | 12:40 a.m., Sunday, December 21
The Upper St. Clair boys' basketball team spent the past few days playing in a tournament at Disney World in Orlando. The warm weather gave the Panthers an extremely hot hand.
"I've never seen anything like it from a high school team," Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer said after his team Eaglecrest, Colo, 92-89, Saturday in the championship game of the Barack Obama Bracket of the KSA Classic.
Holzer was talking about an unbelievable shooting performance by his team. Upper St. Clair made 19 3-pointers against Eaglecrest. Yes, that's correct. To spell it out: n-i-n-e-t-e-e-n.
USC attempted 26 shots beyond the arc.
"The game was like a track meet," Holzer said. "They pressed full court and trapped. We beat their traps pretty well, and as a result, we got a lot of good looks and were making the extra pass."
Leading the 3-point barrage was Christian Shea, who had seven 3-pointers. Steve Limberiou had four, Brett McCormick four, Pete Serio three and Dave Steen one.
"It was a great win for us," Holzer said. "They were supposed to be ranked No. 1 in their class in Colorado."
But the hot 3-point shooting was nothing new for Upper St. Clair. The Panthers made 12 3-pointers in the first and second games of the tournament.
Shea led the 3-point shooting with 21 over the three games.
The wins lifted Upper St. Clair's record to 7-1. If USC beats Bethel Park Tuesday, USC will most likely be the new No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AAAA team. Central Catholic, ranked No. 1 since the start of the season, lost Friday to Shaler.
"Fresh" 3-point shooter
Another 3-point shooter to watch the rest of the season is Highlands' Micah Mason - and he's only a freshman. Mason has 27 3-pointers in six games. He is averaging 18 points a game.