A number of games involving WPIAL teams were postponed tonight because of the weather. Four games were played. Here are highlights from the games.
Malik Hooker had close to a triple double and New Castle stayed perfect with a 64-54 victory against North Allegheny in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round playoff game tonight at Ambridge.
Hooker has a sprained right wrist sustained in Saturday’s game against Bethel Park. Really? He put some hurtin’ on North Allegheny with 22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Hooker (pictured) started slow, scoring only two points in the first quarter. His hand and wrist were taped to start the game, but Hooker ripped the tape off later in the first quarter.
“I was trying to just play through it, but I wasn’t playing how I should’ve been playing, so I just took [the tape] off,” said Hooker.
A key to the game was New Castle’s defense in the first half. North Allegheny didn’t have that much trouble with New Castle’s full-court pressure. It was when the Tigers got past half court that they had problems. North Allegheny had 18 turnovers in the first half. New Castle went on a 13-2 run to end the half and take a 34-21 lead to the locker room.
“The second half, we had only six turnovers and we played right with them,” said North Allegheny coach Dave DeGregorio.
Senior center Stew Allen was the only other New Castle player in double figures with 12. He also had seven rebounds.
Cole Constantinio, a junior guard, had a terrific game for North Allegheny with 32 points, including four 3-pointers. He made 11 of 15 shots.
Many times, North Allegheny didn’t run its usual offense. The Tigers gave the ball to Constantino and let him go one-on-one, sometimes clearing an entire side of the court for him. New Castle had trouble guarding him.
But in the end, New Castle won again, raising its record to 28-0.
OTHER BOYS GAMES
*Beaver Falls 72, Summit Academy 48: Youth was served for Beaver Falls. Freshmen Donovan Jeter and Josh Creach had huge games in leading Beaver Falls to the win in a Class AA second-round game at North Allegheny. Jeter finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Creach had 21 points and 17 rebounds. Beaver Falls (20-7) will play either WPIAL runner-up Greensburg Central Catholic or West Middlesex in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Beaver Falls led by just five points at the half, but outscored Summit Academy, 18-11, in the third quarter to extend its advantage to 52-40, and then outscored the Knights, 20-8, in the fourth. Dasonte White led Summit Academy (17-7) with 18 points.
* Aliquippa 57, Quaker Valley 44: Jassir Jordan’s 23 points propelled the Quips (20-6) to their first quarterfinal berth since 2009 after the Class AA win against the Quakers (22-4) at Moon. Jordan was 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. Patrick Anderson added 13 points for the Quips, who have won 13 of their past 14 games.
* Elizabeth Forward 55, Mount Pleasant 37: The Warriors (22-4) moved on to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1989 by defeating the Vikings (16-10) at Hempfield. Alison Pastore led the Warriors with 17 points and Kylie Owoc had 16. The Warriors led, 29-15, at halftime.