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WPIAL Class A boys championship live blog - Vincentian wins Class A

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from Friday night's WPIAL Class A boys championship between Clairton and Vincentian at Duquesne's Palumbo Center.

In the first title game tonight, Johnie Olkosky tied a WPIAL championship record to lead the Bishop Canevin girls to an upset of Seton-LaSalle. Check out the live blog from that game.

FINAL: Vincentian 86, Clairton 74

Clairton players taking loss pretty hard. They're not used to losing in these championship games.

It is the third-highest point total for a team in a Class A final. Vincentian was 31 of 45 from the free-throw line. The 31 makes sets a Class A championship game record.

8:34 p.m. - George Yokitis just put his suit jacket on. Game must be over. It's now 85-74 Vincentian.

8:23 p.m. - Vincentian leading, 76-67, with 1:50 left. The Coaching Lawyer, George Yokitis, about to win his second title in three years. 

8:19 p.m. - 36 free throw attempts now for Vincentian and Royals lead 76-67. Timeout with 3:21 left. .... Clairton obviously has some really good athletes and some good players. Vincentian has few more basketball players, though. 

8:14 p.m. - Vincentian going to its delay game. A little too early??

8:13 p.m. - 5:06 left in the game and Vincentian leads, 71-64. Vincentian averages 83 points. Will the Royals get there?

8:10 p.m. Vincentian has now been to the free-throw line 30 times.

8:08 p.m. - Jim Kenna, the kid with the good moves in the Vincentian Harlem Shake video, has a good shooting stroke, too. Hits another 3 to put Vincentian ahead, 68-60.

8:04 p.m. END OF THIRD QUARTER: Vincentian 63, Clairton 55


Jay Cortese with eight big points off bench in that quarter for Vincentian. Couple excellent passes by Ryan Wolf. Funny. You'd think Clairton would be the team that runs so much. But it's Vincentian that plays at a faster pace.

7:57 p.m. - Clairton has a 6-4 freshman now playing. Aaron Matthews. Bet he's end up a pretty good football prospect.

7:57 p.m. - This place is close to full.

7:53 p.m. - Vincentian on a run. Takes 50-44 lead. Nice back door set by Coach Yokitis.

7:50 p.m. - All tied 44-44 with 5:40 left. And Jim Kenna scores to put Vincentian ahead. 

HALFTIME: Vincentian 39, Clairton 39


For Clairton, Pitt football recruit Terrish Webb has 13 points and Bryon Clifford 13. For Vincentian, Ryan Wolf has nine, Jim Kenna 8 and Kevin Fischer 7. I think Fischer owes all his point total to his coach in 5th and 6th grade.

Clairton 18 of 38 from field and Vincentian 13 of 34.


7:28 p.m. - I'm going to guess there have been maybe .... two offensive sets run this game. Doesn't mean it's not a good game to watch. Armani Ford just made 3-pointer and Clairton takes 36-31 lead with 2:41 left in half.

7:25 p.m. - Terrish Webb basket off pass from Tyler Boyd and Clairton takes lead, 27-26, with 4:27 left.

7:22 p.m. - Vincentian leading, 24-23, with 5:47 left in half.

7:20 p.m. - Clairton having a llittle problem with fouls. Already seven with 6:49 left in half.

END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: Vincentian leads Clairton, 19-15


Jim Kenna eight points for Vincentian. Clairton shot 7 of 19. Vincentian 7 of 16.

7:15 p.m. - Really good crowd here for Class A game. 

7:11 p.m. - Vincentian doesn't have any size, but boy do they box out well. 16-10 Vincentian ahead. 

7:07 p.m. - Two 3's in early going for Vincentian's Jim Kenna. Vincentian leads 9-8 with four minutes left in first. Kenna scores again to make it 11-8.

7:04 p.m. - Vincentian trapping everywhere. Some holes in the back against the traps, but you have to be able to make the pass there. Clairton might be quick enough to go through the traps, too. Clairton leads, 4-3, early going.

6:59 p.m. - And I think we just had record for longest national anthem in WPIAL championship history. About two minutes long. But it was good. By a Penn Hills female student.

6:45 p.m. - I'm liking the bright orange socks on some of the Clairton players.  

6:41 p.m. - Game time for Clairton vs. Vincentian in 15 minutes.

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