Classic blog - Oliver beats Gateway; Sewickley defeats South Fayette; Char Valley knocks off Beaver Falls

Written by Mike White on .

 By Mike White | Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010

News, notes and thoughts from the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic at Robert Morris University's Sewall Center

FINAL SCORE: Sewickley Academy 56, South Fayette 47. Tom Droney's 24 points helped Sewickley Academy, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked Class A team, knock off South Fayette.

Who said basketball players wear uniforms that show off their bodies?

Take a look below at Gateway 6-foot-9 sophomore center Barnett Harris (No. 1). This was from today's Pittsburgh Basketball Club Classic - and this is no warmup uniform. This is in the middle of the game. Harris wore a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey and extra high socks. Don't know if I've ever seen this look before. The estimate is that he has only three of four inches of his body showing. Maybe he's trying to start a fashion fad. Hey, it was cold out, right?

5:05 p.m. - Final score: Chartiers Valley 72, Beaver Falls 45. Char Valley's T.J. McConnell 33 points. Blowout from the beginning, but to be expected.

4:54 p.m. - It's 60-31, Chartiers Valley after three quarters.

4:23 p.m. - Halftime and Chartiers Valley leads Beaver Falls, 38-15. T.J. McConnell has 15 points and Anthony Cersosimo has 11. Beaver Falls has made 19 turnovers.

4:08 p.m. - Here we go again. Chartiers Valley eating up another opponent. It's 19-5 after the first quarter in favor of Chartiers Valley. Once again, Char Valley's pressure defense (full court) is destroying an opponent. Is there not another team in the WPIAL that can stand up to this pressure? I'm starting to wonder. Beaver Falls had 11 turnovers in the first quarter.

Oliver 54, Gateway 44

3:33 p.m. - Oliver defeated Gateway, 54-44. Very lackadaisical performance by Gateway. Big shot in the arm for the City League. Oliver had 12 3-pointers. Evan Schell finished with seven.

3:10 p.m. - Oliver's Evan Schell just hit his sixth 3-pointer. Oliver leads Gateway, 39-31, heading into the fourth quarter. Gateway is playing without Devon Cottrell, its second-leading scorer. Not sure why.

3:06 p.m. - Oliver has now taken an 11-point lead on Gateway. It makes you wonder what Kendal Marshall and Bishop O'Connell would've done.

3:02 p.m. - Oliver's Evan Schell just hit his fourth 3-pointer to give Oliver a 23-22 lead.

3:00 p.m. - What's up with the fashion of Gateway 6-9 sophomore Barnett Harris? He has only a few inches of skin showing. He's wearing a long-sleeve shirt under his jersey and also has extra high white socks. I thought his father, Barnett Sr., might have more fashion sense to teach his son. Ha. Ha. I was at Duquesne University when Barnett played there.

2:55 p.m. - Oliver of the City League is giving Gateway a battle, trailing by only 22-20 at halftime. Gateway was supposed to play Bishop O'Connell of Virginia. Bishop O'Connell features Kendall Marshall, a North Carolina recruit. But due to a snowstorm in Virginia, Bishop O'Connell couldn't make it. So Classic director John Giammarco got Oliver to play instead. There is a chance Bishop O'Connell might play Gateway Feb. 13 at Gateway.

2:20 p.m. - Washington defeated Lincoln Park, 66-50, in the first game. Troy Wilson had 20 points, Marquis Brown 18 and Zach Barnes 11 for Washington. Nice win for Washington after beating Monessen Friday night. Due to a fight between fans that spilled onto the court, the Monessen-Washington game was played without fans in the second half.

Chaquille Pratt scored 26 points for Lincoln Park. Devontae Watson, who averages a triple double, had only nine.

Ambridge defeated Canon-McMillan, 47-45, in the second game. Quinton Burton's two free throws gave Ambridge the win. Elijah Carter scored 15 and Burton 10 for Ambridge. Kionte Davis is a nice senior guard for Canon-McMillan and scored 14. Will Glendenning aded 13.

Former Robert Morris player Myron Walker was in the house. He was watching his son, Malik, play for Ambridge. Malik is only a freshman, but hit two big 3-pointers in the second half for Ambridge.

Robert Morris coach Mike Rice and assistant Andrew Toole also were courtside.

Final scores: Washington 66, Lincoln Park 50

Ambridge 47, Canon-McMillan 45


Join the conversation:

To report inappropriate comments, abuse and/or repeat offenders, please send an email to and include a link to the article and a copy of the comment. Your report will be reviewed in a timely manner. Thank you.