So, Post-Gazette colleague Terry Shields and myself are gabbing to each other yesterday about Vincentian's scoring. It's 92 points per game. I know, Vincentian plays in a small gym and plays Class A, but it's still 92 points a game, for goodness sake.
Anyway, the math whiz that he thinks he is, Mr. Shields decided to put Vincentian's scoring into perspective. He jotted down some math formula that I could never figure out and then Mr. Shields came up with these interesting stats:
If you converted Vincentian's scoring pace from a 32-minute high school game to a 40-minute college game, the Royals would average 115 points a game. Wow. And if you converted it to a 48-minute NBA game, Vincentian would average 138 points a game. Wow again.
Now I don't know if Vincentian can average 90 points for an entire season, including playoffs. There are no records to prove how many WPIAL teams have averaged 90. But I can guarantee you not many. The only one I know of and we have proof is Blackhawk in 1992. That still has to be one of the best teams in the WPIAL in the past 30-40 years. They averaged 91 points a game and scored 100 or more 11 times. ELEVEN!!!!
The team shot 53 percent from the field for the season and had 234 3-pointers. Dante Calabria, who went on to play at North Carolina, had 66, Hal Koenemund 63 and Andy Gray 61. The team made 18 of 24 3-pointers in one game. (the picture above is of Calabria, left, Gray and Koenemund accepting the trophy after winning the WPIAL title at Duquesne's Palumbo Center).
The Cougars, coached by John Miller, finished 32-1 and won WPIAL and state championships. The only loss was to Dunbar in the season opener. Dunbar was the No. 1-ranked team in the country at that time.
That Blackhawk team won their 32 games by an average of 35 points.
It definitely was a team for the ages.