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WPIAL Class AA boys championship live blog - Beaver Falls wins big

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from this afternoon's WPIAL Class AA boys championship between Beaver Falls and Burrell at Palumbo Center.


FINAL SCORE: Beaver Falls beat Burrell, 61-33.

Senior guard Drew Cook scored 20 points to lead Beaver Falls. Elijah Cottrill added 14 and Danny Stratton 13 points and seven rebounds. Cole Bush and Pete Spagnolo scored 14 each for Burrell.

Burrell finished the game with 28 turnover. Beaver Falls had only six.

Win No. 300 for coach Doug Biega.

2:05 p.m. - And I've just been told the Beaver Falls fan who has been yapping the entire game is none other than Damon Bryant, the star of Beaver Falls' 1979 WPIAL championship team that defeated Burrellfor the title. Bryant scored the final six points of the game to give Beaver Falls a one-point win.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Beaver Falls beating Burrell, 43-15


Talk about some defense. A year ago, Beaver Falls won title holding Monessen to 27 points. That was somewhat a product of Monessen's poor shooting. This is because of Beaver Falls' defense.

1:48 p.m. - Timeout with 4:17 left in the third quarter and it's 39-13 Beaver Falls.


1:45 p.m. - It's now 37-10.

HALFTIME: Beaver Falls 32, Burrell 8


First half Burrell got only 15 shots. made 4. Beaver Falls got 26, made 13. 

Burrell had 17 turnovers in first half. Can't deal with Beaver Falls heat. Drew Cook with 13 points and Elijah Cottrill 11.

All this is doing is proving my theory this year that Class AA isn't very strong in the WPIAL. At least not like past decade in terms of depth of quality teams. I'm not knocking Burrell. Great job to get this far, but the field in Class AA wasn't terrific this year.

1:27 p.m. - It's now 28-6 Beaver Falls.

1:24 p.m. - On the Class AA level, Beaver Falls plays defense like a mini-New Castle. Tigers get their hands on so many balls.

Really like Drew Cook's game, too, especially in mid-range.

1:21 p.m. - Timeout with 5:43 left in half. Beaver Falls ahead, 20-4. Elijah Cottrill with seven points and Drew Cook and Danny Stratton five each.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Beaver Falls 15, Burrell 2


Burrell only got five shots in the first quarter. Turned the ball over 12 times.

1:12 p.m. - ELIJAH COTTRILL BREAKAWAY DUNK!!!!

It was 15-0 Beaver Falls.... Cole Bush scores for Burrell. Finally. With 1:04 left in quarter. Burrell now with 11 turnovers. Is this one over already?

1:08 p.m. - Eight turnovers by Burrell in first 6:30. Beaver Falls now leading, 10-0.

1:06 p.m. - Beaver Falls leading, 8-0. Number of turnovers so far for Burrell.

1:05 p.m. - Burrell having all kinds of trouble with Beaver Falls defensive pressure. Can't run any of their sets. Can't get shots.

1:00 p.m. - Beaver Falls basically starts five guards. 

Burrell's Cole Bush -- I wouldn't mess with him. Pretty well put together. No surprise. Football standout. Being guarded by Elijah Cottrill. Interesting matchup.


12:43 p.m. - Game time in about 15 minutes. 

This is the second of five championships at Palumbo today. In the WPIAL Class A girls final earlier, Vincentian won it second consecutive title and third in four years with a 53-46 victory against Serra.

Vincentian's Brenna Wise dominated. Plain and simple, she just gets after it. Does she play hard and aggressive. A 6-1 sophomore, she had 18 points and 20 rebounds. WPIAL female version of Kevin Love.

Game was tied, 28-28, with three minutes left in third quarter. Then it was 43-30 Vincentian in the fourth quarter.

Two freshmen had big games for Vincentian. Kiersten Elliott came off the bench, made 6 of 6 shots and scored 13. Freshman Maia Joiner scored 12. Sophomore Katie Sieg scored 13 for Serra and her sister, Megan, a junior, scored 12.

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