By Mike White | Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, 9 p.m.
Some updates from the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Holiday Classic at Ambridge.
A battle of No. 1 teams? You'd think one of them would score 40 points.
Mt. Lebanon and Hampton staged an ugly game in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Holiday Classic this evening and Mt. Lebanon won, 38-32. Low scoring, right? Well consider this: It went to overtime and still neither team got to 40.
I saw some of the earlier games at the Holiday Classic before leaving, but Post-Gazette colleague Chris Adamski reports it was certainly an "ugly" game. I never would've expected such a low-scoring game. Mt. Lebanon is No. 1 in WPIAL Class AAAA and Hampton No. 1 in Class AAA.
Then again, I've seen Mt. Lebanon play some big games over the years and the scores end up in the 30s. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised. But I didn't think Hampton's offense would struggle so much.
But I can bet you what happened. Hampton sat back in its zone because of its size, and Mt. Lebanon didn't shoot well. Mr. Adamski reports that Mt. Lebanon guard Evan Pierce was 2 of 16 from the field.
Maybe Mt. Lebanon was a little drained after winning a tough tournament in Florida this week. But the score is still hard to explain. Hampton didn't score for the final 2:32 of regulation and all of overtime.
South Fayette wins
South Fayette, the PG's No. 1-ranked Class AA team, scored the final 10 points of the game and defeated Allderdice, 68-59.
This was one of the top matchups today. Allderdice is one of the best City League teams and has some size and talent. I really believe South Fayette could go deep into the playoffs, and I'm not talking just the WPIAL. For a Class AA team, the Lions are very good. They have some size, good guard play, a good shooter in Tyler Henry, an athletic guard-forward in Mike Lamberti (pictured to the left). Plus, they're experienced. Lamberti and fellow junior Pat Zedreck have been starters since their freshman years and senior center Mike Burroughs since his sophomore year.
Henry (in photo to the right) is an excellent 3-point shooter, if the Lions can get him some space. He had five 3-pointers today and a game-high 21 points. Lamberti and Zedreck both had 17.
Allderdice trailed by double digits most of the first half, but came back and took a 59-58 lead with a little more than two minutes left. But Allderdice never scored again. Brandon McClester led Allderdice with 15 points. Ben Mickens and Ishmael Swain had 13 each.
The other Mickens
Allderdice's Ben Mickens is a sophomore for Allderdice and a transfer from Central Catholic. His brother, Lucas, was a talented guard at Central Catholic the past few years. I had wondered what ever happened to Lucas, but he was at today's game. He is playing at Albright College, a Division III school in Eastern Pennsylvania. Albright has a 10-1 record. Mickens has played in all 11 games and is averaging 4 points.
But on the roster and team bio Mickens is listed as "Cornell" Mickens. Have no idea what's up with that first name. He was always Lucas in high school.
More from Classic
West Allegheny defeated North Hills, 50-48, earlier in the Holiday Classic.
Greg Kaulius scored the winning basket on a rebound of a missed free throw with two seconds left. It was Kaulius' only basket of the game.
Beaver Falls defeated Lincoln Park, 56-51.