There is "That 70s Show." Vincentian and Cardinal Wuerl Catholic put on a version of "That 90s Show" on Saturday.
It's not often you see college games where both teams score in the 90s. It is even more unusual to see a high school game with both teams in the 90s. But that's what happened when Vincentian beat Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 95-92.
It had to be a treat to watch.
"It was exciting," said Vincentian coach George Yokitis. "A lot of people were telling me it was the best five dollars they ever spent."
The score was 52-51 at halftime. To put that in perspective, there were 17 games in the WPIAL and City League played Friday night where both teams didn't score 103 points THE ENTIRE GAME.
I'm sitting here trying to think of any WPIAL games I saw that didn't go to overtime and both teams scored more than 90 points. No one has records on such a thing. But it just doesn't happen often. One of the most memorable games I remember for scoring came in the 1982 PIAA semifinals (I know, I'm showing my age) when New Castle beat Penn Hills, 101-95. (If you have memories of a high school game with both teams in the 90s, let us know in the comments section below)
It wasn't surprising for Vincentian to score 90 points. The Royals came in averaging 92.9. They press full court, play at a fast pace, spread the floor on offense, try to drive it and also shoot a lot of 3-pointers because they don't have a starter taller than 6 feet 1.
But North Catholic came in averaging 59.4 points. The Trojans apparently were happy to play Vincentian's style.
"They shot it very well," Yokitis said. "They made a lot of 3-pointers and I didn't really anticipate that kind of shooting. Give them credit.
"It was truly and up and down game, but there were a lot of fouls. We fouled out a couple people. I think they fouled out three. The most exciting part was you would see runs by both teams."
Eight players scored in double figures in the game. Ryan Wolf scored 28 for Vincentian, Jamison Nee 20, Jim Kenna 19 and Jay Cortese 14. For North Catholic, Jon Savulchak had 27, Dom Robb 21, Ryan Kirby 20 and Chris Goetz 10.
"I knew they could play up and down because they have good athletes there," Yokitis said. "But would they try to play that way? You never know."
Vincentian's Ryan Wolf is one of the leading scorers in the WPIAL at 27 points a game. A colleague posed a question to me the other day which was interesting to ponder.
Vincentian is a private school and Wolf, a lives in Hampton. The question was what would happen if Wolf attended Hampton and played for the Talbots? What would he do?
My answer was it would be questionable if he would start. Even if he did, I'd say he might average 8-10 points a game at the most.
Now this is no knock against Wolf, who is an excellent player. It was just an interesting question to think about. The thing is that the make-up of Hampton's team and their talent would make it hard for the 5-foot-9 Wolf to be a major - at least this season.
For starters, Hampton has the Luther twins (Ryan and Collin) at 6-8 and 6-6. He obviously wouldn't play in front of them. Then there's 6-3 junior forward David Huber, who also is a talented player and has been starting since his freshman year. Wolf isn't playing in front of him. And Wolf certainly isn't playing in front of Joe Lafko, the coach's son.
At the other guard spot, Jack Obringer and a few others are very solid players for Hampton and do good things.
Again, it's no knock on Wolf, who is having a tremendous career at Vincentian. And it's no knock on Vincentian, who can compete with some Class AAAA teams. Basketball is a lot different than football. Good Class A or AA teams can compete - and even sometimes beat - decent Class AAAA teams.
It's just that the Wolf "what if" scenario goes to show that players roles can differ significantly, depending on the team and the classification.
***Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill is eight points away from scoring 1,000 for his career. He would be the sixth 1,000-point scorer under coach Doug Biega. Two of his players - Todd Thomas and Lance Jeter - scored 2,000.
***Fox Chapel's Matt D'Amico is geteting close to becoming Fox Chapel's leading scorer. He has 1,228 points and the school record is 1,312 by Dave Ostrosky. D'Amico would break a record that has stood for 25 years. Ostrosky was a 1989 Fox Chapel graduate who went on to play at the University of Vermont.