Live blog from Saturday's WPIAL Class AAAA playoff game between New Castle and Gateway, with reports from other games.
FINAL: Seneca Valley 44, Upper St. Clair 34
North Allegheny leading, 62-55, with four minutes left. This Mr. Haussie, St. Sebastian grade school legend.
FINAL: New Castle 87, Gateway 55
No shame for Gateway. This happens to just about everyone New Castle plays. Means there will be a new champion thisyear.
Seneca Valley leading, 32-28, with three minutes left.
4:20 p.m. And the ball just rolled into a hole under the stands - and it's gone. They need a new one
45-42 Fox Chapel leading NA with three minutes left in third.
End third Seneca Valley leading USC, 27-18
Burrell leading Greensburg C.C. with one minute left in overtime. 61-60.
22-11 Seneca Valley leads Upper St. Clair five minutes left in third.
4:06 p.m. - 64-38 New Castle with 1:23 left in third.
Fox Chapel leads North Allegheny, 34-33, at the half.
3:59 p.m. - And here comes the avalanche of turnovers. New Castle forcing them. Red 'Canes now leading, 57-37, with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
3:50 p.m. - Gateway had only seven shots in second quarter. New Castle got 18. New Castle went on its run with Shawn Anderson on bench with three fouls.
North Allegheny leading Fox Chapel, 15-14, after first quarter. NA now leading, 23-19.
Greensburg Central Catholic leading Burrell, 42-33, after three.
HALFTIME: Seneca Valley 17, Upper St. Clair 10. From Big Brad Everett. USC should feel good. Still in game despite shooting 3 of 21.
HALFTIME: New Castle 46, Gateway 33 Shawn Anderson 13 points for NC and Drew Allen 9 off the bench. These guys just come at you in waves. Seven 3-pointers for New Castle. Jordan Landfair 12 for Gateway. Delvon Randall nine.
3:38 p.m. As I thought, No one in WPIAL can play same pace as New Castle for an entire game. Red Hurricanes now lead by 15.
3:36 p.m. New Castle going on one of its patented runs. Now leads, 45-31 with 49 seconds left in half. Three 3-pointers in past two minutes. 'Canes on 19-4 run.
3:30 p.m. Have to say it again. NC's Anthony Richards as tough as a bad steak.
3:29 p.m. Development here. Shawn Anderson just piicked up his third foul midway though second quarter. He has 13 points already.
It's not 13-0 Seneca Valley. Upper St. Cliar has missed its first 13 shots.
Check this one out: Seneca Valley leads Upper St. Clair, 6-0, after first quarter. Seriously.
END FIRST QUARTER: New Castle 21, Gateway 18 Gateway doing well. Just don't know if Gators can continue this pace and stay close. NC coach Ralph Blundo just complaining to team gave up six points in transition.
3:13 p.m. Jordan Landfair killing New Castle on inside shots early. already 10 points and Gateway leads, 14-8
3:11 p.m. - Fast pace. 8-8 with 4:30 left in first quarter.
3:06 p.m. Game time here in a minute.
CLASS AA FINAL: Second upset in Class AA. Apollo-Ridge beats Jeannette, 53-49.
Final score: Hampton 71, McKeesport 63 - One Section 3 team in the semifinals. Will there be three more? Ryan Luther was tremendous for Hampton from what I've heard. Had 24 points in first half and finished with 31. Collin Luther, twin brother, had 14. Hampton led at halftime, 50-28.
One coach from another high school said,"I can't believe he doesn't have more scholarship offers already."
Duquesne and Dayton have offered.
CLASS AA FINAL: Quaker Valley 62, Seton-LaSalle 61 - Mike Mastroianni one of the best coaches around. Working some playoff magic again, upsetting Seton-LaSalle. This isn't one of Mastroianni's best teams, but yet here is again in the semifinals.
CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: The 'House is on firste. Westinghouse beats Perry, 61-52. First City title since 1998.