PIAA basketball playoffs live Tuesday blog - Char Valley wins 65-38

Written by Mike White on .

Live blog from Tuesday night's PIAA second-round tripleheader at Hempfield High School. 5 p.m. - Vincentian vs. Bishop Carroll boys .... 6:30 Chartiers Valley vs. Gateway girls .... 8 p.m. Chartiers Valley vs. Johnstown boys. ... If you have a score or note from another game, tweet with #piaa or send to @mwhiteburgh


FINAL SCORE: Chartiers Valley 65, Johnstown 38

9:58 p.m. - Do I really have to continue with updates? It's 59-26 CV. I think Spencer Casson has triple double.

9:44 p.m. - And former Hempfield coach Bill Swan sitting about 5 feet behind CValley bench. I think he's trying to give Tim McConnell pointers. Don't think McConnell wants to listen.

9:43 p.m. - Is this ugly enough? Chartiers Valley now leads 47-16. Spencer Casson with nine blocks.

Smethport beats Clairton, 37-35. What a run of sports success for that Clairton senior class.

HALFTIME: Chartiers Valley 34, Johnstown 14

Matty McConnell 13 points first half. Mike Boyulos 17. Coach Tim McConnell about to lose it near halftime over one of his players. I wouldn't want to be that player in the locker room at the half.

Spencer Casson has nine points and six blocks for CV.

Girls AAAA: End of 3rd quarter and Mt. Lebanon leads Penn-Trafford, 46-25. It will be Lebo-Char Valley again in quarterfinals.

9:12 p.m. - Johnstown little guards still can't figure out that you might not want to go challenge 6-6 Spencer Casson in lane. Now has 6 blocks.

9:11 p.m. - Matt McConnell just hit 3. Has 13 points already. CV rolling, 24-7, with 6:37 left in half.

9:08 p.m. END OF FIRST QUARTER: Chartiers Valley 19, Johnstown 6

Can't see Johnstown coming back. Don't have ballhandling to handle CV pressure and don't look like can shoot much either. Spencer Casson 5 blocks for CV in first quarter.

General McLane beats Beaver, 69-54.

9:02 p.m. - Will Char Valley pull away? Colts now lead 14-4 with 3:08 left. 

9:00 p.m. - Johnstown 2 of 10 from field. And ugly shots also. Mike Boulos three-point play and CV leads, 11-4.

8:57 p.m. - CV's Spencer Casson "Human Eraser" so far. Three blocks so far. 5-4 CV 

8:54 p.m. - Funny Tim McConnell subs out Dom Castello 27 seconds into game. He missed a 3 and turned it over. 

8:52 p.m. - Finally game starts.

General McLane leads Beaver 50-31.

8:47 p.m. - Tip in about two minutes.

Final score in Class AAA boys: Montour 48, Girard 38. Rob Julian of Montour finishes with seven 3's and 24 points.


FINAL: Chartiers Valley 53, Gateway 42

Kassidy O'Keefe with 17 and Alexa Golden 15 for CV. Gateway Katey Wilson had 15 and Jada Epps 12.

8:27 p.m. - By the way, in case didn't mention. CValley playing without leading scorer, Mariah Wells. Left foot is in a boot.

8:24 p.m. - Char Valley scores off own missed free throws. It's now 46-38 with less than two minutes left.

I think maybe Girard might want to be aware of where Montour's Rob Julian is. He hit three more 3-pointer in the third, now has seven overall, and Montour leads Girard, 33-24, after three.

In AAAA girls, Mt. Lebanon 13, Penn-Trafford 1 after first.

8:20 p.m. - Timeout with 2:36 left in fourth and Char Valley leads, 44-38.

8:14 p.m. - Gateway scores and cuts lead to 40-37 with 3:54 left. A media timeout???? I forgot they had them in PIAA playoffs.

Smethport leads Clairton, 10-7, at end of first quarter.

General McLane leading Beaver, 34-18, at halftime as Jaymon Mason has 21. This from Tom Reisenweber.

8:09 p.m. - 5:02 left in game and Char Valley leads, 39-35

8:04 p.m. - Gateway has sliced deficit to 37-31. 3-pointer by Katey Wilson and then two free throws. 7:14 left in game.

Mohawk and North East girls tied, 39-39, after three.

END THIRD QUARTER: Chartiers Valley 37, Gateway 26 

Montour leads Girard, 24-13, at half. Robbie Julian destroyed Girard in second quarter with 14 points, 4 3's.

Maverick Rowan scored 20 to lead Lincoln Park boys against Ridgway. Elijah Minnie held to four.

This Char Valley game was supposed to start at 8. It might not start until 8:30 or 8:40. Antoher example of how WPIAL and PIAA shouldn't post game times 1 1/2 hours apart, especially in tripleheader. Should put at least 1:45 between.

7:52 p.m. - Gateway has cut deficit to 30-21 with 3:31 left in third.

After first quarter, General McLane leads Beaver, 15-12.

From Kyle Piper: Rob Julian three 3-pointers to start second quarter and Montour takes 15-6 lead on Girard. Wil Scuilli be knocking down some next?


7:48 p.m. - Char Valley laeds, 30-15, with 5:30 left in third.

Mohawk leads North East, 29-20, at half

End of first quarter: Montour and Girard are tied, 6-6

In Class AA girls: Burrell 45, Sharpsville 18

Final in Class A boys: Lincoln Park 51, Ridgway 34

HALFTIME: Chartiers Valley 25, Gateway 13

7:30 p.m. - Char Valley leads, 23-10, with one minute left in half.

7:23 p.m. - Gateway really struggling offensively. Chartiers Valley has taken 22-7 lead.

In Class A boys, Lincoln Park struggling to score. Leads Ridgway, 33-27, after third quarter.

In Class AA girls, Bishop Canevin advances with 54-36 victory against General McLane.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Chartiers Valley 13, Gateway 5

7:15 p.m. - No surprise that a WPIAL Quad-A team is struggling to score in playoffs. Been happening all year. It took Char Valley four minutes, 5 seconds to score. But the Colts have turned it up some in this game. Now lead, 16-7.

Jeannette star Ciara Gregory in the house. WPIAL leading scorer. Good to see her. She's big fan of all WPIAL sports.


FINAL SCORE: Bishop Carroll 92, Vincentian 85

A key to the game in second half was Bishop Carroll had 13 turnovers, but when the Huskies didn't turn it over, they cracked Vincentian's traps and got easy shot after easy shot, whether on drives or passes to the inside. 

Bishop Carroll 6-5 junior Marcus Lee had 33 points and 14 rebounds. He was 13 of 14 from the field. All from within 6 feet. Scott Rarick 27 points. 

For Vincentian Ryan Wolf had 27 points, Jim Kenna 20, Matt Rathz 14 and Tony DiNardo 11. Wolf was 11 of 27 from the field. Vincentian finished with 13 3-pointers.

Great season. Great run. Great job by George Yokitis - and Royals should be pretty good again next year with some key returnees.

Has to be one of the highest-scoring PIAA games in a while. 

6:30 p.m. - But we're not done yet. Jim Kenna hits 3. Brings Vincentian, 86-80, with 53 seconds left. Never know with these guys.

6:28 p.m. - Been great year by Vincentian. Boy, they play hard. Don't fun much offensively as far as sets, but just play.  Looks like they will suffer only second loss.

6:26 p.m. - 6-5 Marcus Lee now has 31 points. 13 of 14 from field. Every shot within 6 feet.

6:23 p.m. - Ryan Wolfe with spin and basket and BC leads, 79-72, with a little less than two minutes left. Bishop Carroll much better job against Vincentian's full-court press this half. Most of BC's points this half layups or in-close shots after handling the pressure.

6:20 p.m. - 77-70 with three minutes left.

6:18 p.m. - It's starting to get away from Vincentian. 77-68 Bishop Carroll 6-5 Marcus Lee now with 29.

6:10 p.m. - Bishop Carroll has opened up 71-64 lead.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Bishop Carroll 65, Vincentian 61. BC went on a small run at end of third and just scored first basket of fourth to take a six-point lead.

6:04 p.m. - 3 by Tony DiNardo ties it, 61-61, with 37 seconds left in third quarter.

6:02 p.m. - Bishop Carroll has gone zone.

6:00 p.m. - Vincentian ahead, 55-53, with three minutes in third.

5:54 p.m. - Bishop Carroll pressures full-court constantly also.

5:51 p.m. - Vincentian's "Fisch" couple nice plays to start the third quarter. Starting to look like his father, Ron, in his glory years at North Catholic. Vincentian goes up 50-44.

5:46 p.m. - Will this game end up in the 90s?? It could.

14 turnovers in first half for Bishop Carroll.

HALFTIME STATS: Vincentian got off 38 shots and made 17. 6 of 18 from 3-point range. Tony DiNardo hit two big 3-pointers in final two minutes. Then Ryan Rolf scored to make it 46-42. BC got a basket to make it 46-44 at half.

Ryan Wolf 14 pts. first half. Jim Kenna nine. Tony DiNardo eight.

Marcus Lee has 17 for Bishop Carroll. Nothing but putbacks and layups. He's 6-5 forward who can do damage inside. 10 points for Scott Rarick. 

Vincentian turning over Bishop Carroll a ton with presses. Bishop Carroll 18 of 33 from field and 8-8 from line and 2-3 from 3.

5:37 p.m. - What is this an NBA game? HALFTIME: Vincentian 46, Bishop Carroll 44

5:32 p.m. - Pressure never stops from Vincentian and it comes in different forms. diamond press. Man-to-man press with face guarding. Then trapping in half court when press is broken. But Bishop Carroll likes the pace apparently. BC leads 42-39 one minute left in half.

5:28 p.m. - 3-pointer by Brandon Martinazzi and BC has opened up 36-28 lead.

5:26 p.m. - Tony DiNardo, one of Vincentian's top players, quiet so far. Two points. Four shots.

5:24 p.m. - Bishop Carroll up with 5:30 left in half.  29-28

5:23 p.m. - Marcus Lee hurting Vincentian on inside. An athletic forward. Has 13 points so far.

5:18 p.m. - End of first quarter: Vincentian 23, Bishop Carroll 22. Ryan Wolf 10 points for Vincentian. Two 3-pointers. Looks like we're headed for game in 80s.

5:13 p.m. - 19-16 Bishop Carroll. 

5:07 p.m. - This is up and down. Already 9-7 Vincentian with five minutes left in first quarter. I put my head down to type, I miss a shot.

4:55 p.m. - Interesting game. Vincentian's only loss this year was to Bishop Carroll. This should be an up-and-down game. Bishop Carroll won earlier this season, 83-81.

How about this for small world? Was just informed that Vincentian coach George Yokitis played football at Blacklick Valley. One of his coaches was the grandfather of Brandon Martinazzi, who is a starting guard for Bishop Carroll.

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