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2019-2020 Game Summaries

NA Bows Out Of WPIAL Playoffs With 53-50 Loss To Bethel Park

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Appearing in the postseason for the second straight year, the 11th-seeded North Allegheny boys’ basketball team fell to the sixth-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks on Tuesday night, 53-50, in the opening round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Playing against a high-flying Black Hawks team that averaged 70 points per game in the regular season, the Tigers slowed the pace with a deliberate offensive approach in the first quarter. Despite the slow tempo, Bethel Park still took a 12-6 lead after the opening stanza.

In the second quarter, the contest turned into a track meet with both teams developing a hot hand. For Bethel Park, Seton Hill commit Ryan Meis led the way with nine points in the first half to help the Black Hawks to a 26-25 lead at intermission. North Allegheny senior Zach Andreykovich helped the Tigers keep pace with 11 first-half points and three 3-pointers. Andreykovich finished with a team-high 14 points and four treys, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

Throughout the night, Bethel Park held a commanding advantage in rebounding, especially on the offensive glass, and that contributed to a strong third quarter for the Black Hawks. Bethel Park built a 43-31 lead with 1:40 remaining in the third and senior Thomas DiRienzo tallied six points and four rebounds in the stanza. For the night, DiRienzo totaled 14 points and nine rebounds, including seven offensive boards. As a team, BP outrebounded NA, 28-16, with 13 of the offensive variety.

Despite facing a 12-point deficit, North Allegheny staged a rally and used a 10-2 run to trim the score to 45-41, Bethel Park, with five minutes remaining in the fourth period. Senior forward Khalil Dinkins contributed to the comeback bid and ended the evening with 12 points on 5 for 5 shooting from the field, while adding seven rebounds.

While the rally drew NA close, Bethel Park managed to stave off the Tigers the rest of the way and claimed a 53-50 victory. Meis paced the Black Hawks with a game-high 24 points. Bethel Park improves to 14-8 overall and advances to face Section 2 rival Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Saturday.

For North Allegheny, senior Grant Timmerson joined Andreykovich and Dinkins in double figures with 11 points and a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the game.

The playoff loss concludes North Allegheny’s season with an 11-12 overall record. Congrats to head coach Keith Noftz and the entire Tigers team on a second straight trip to the playoffs and a memorable 2019-2020 season.

Boys Basketball vs. Bethel Park, 2-18-20

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NA Slams Gateway To Conclude Regular Season, 67-42

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In their regular season finale, the playoff-bound North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Gateway Gators on the road on Monday night, 67-42. It’s the second time this season the Tigers have faced and defeated the Class 5A Gators in non-section play.

Leading 24-17 at the half, North Allegheny took command of the game by outscoring Gateway, 26-11, in the third quarter. The Tigers cruised in the fourth quarter en route to the 67-42 victory.

Three players finished in double figures for North Allegheny, led by senior Grant Timmerson with 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior Ethan Lake netted 14 points with perfect 4 for 4 shooting from beyond arc. Senior Zach Andreykovich posted 12 points and knocked down 4 of 7 from the perimeter.

North Allegheny sits at 11-11 overall, while Gateway dips to 10-11. Both teams await the release of the WPIAL playoff pairings on Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball vs. Gateway, 2-10-20

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NA Offense Erupts against Erie First Christian Academy, 85-50

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It was all Tigers Saturday night, from beginning to end as they rolled over Erie First Christian Academy 85-50.

The Tigers offense came out on fire shooting 9 of 13 from the field and 4 of 5 from three as North Allegheny jumped out to a 23-10 lead after the first quarter and 47-26 heading into the half. The third quarter the Tigers defense revved up outscoring Erie First Christian Academy 21-9 in the third and 17-15 in the fourth quarter for a 85-50 win.

Grant Timmerson led NA with 23 points while Khalil Dinkins had 21 points and eight rebounds. Zach Andreykovich added three more threes finishing with nine points and Robby Jones added eight points.

The Tigers improve to 10-11 overall. North Allegheny has one more postseason tune-up when they head to Gateway on Monday night at 7:30 pm, then will know their postseason fate Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball vs. Erie First Christian Academy, 2-8-20

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North Allegheny2324211785

North Allegheny punches ticket to postseason, rolls past North Hills 61-40

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by Jonathan Spina

North Allegheny used great outside shooting and big second-half defense to roll past North Hills 61-40. With the win, the Tigers clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in Section 1-6A.

Both team’s offenses came out on fire, going back and forth and hitting on all cylinders. North Allegheny excelled from behind the line and led 20-15. The second quarter was more of the same and the Tigers took an eight-point lead before the half, 37-29. Zach Andreykovich hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer to give North Allegheny momentum heading into the locker room.

In the third quarter, North Hills controlled the game but was tripping over themselves, shooting 20% from the field and 4 for 8 from the free-throw line. With the Indians struggling, the Tigers extended their lead to double figures, 45-35. North Allegheny’s defense was phenomenal all night, specifically in the fourth quarter when they didn’t allow a North Hills field goal and pulled away for a 61-40 win.

Khalil Dinkins was the PlayerPager Player of the Game with 16 points, 11 rebounds. Andreykovich added 17 points hitting five 3-pointers. Grant Timmerson threw in 14 points.

Devin Burgess led North Hills with 15 points. Alex Smith added 14 points.

North Allegheny finishes section play 4-6 in Section 1-6A and 12-9 overall. They clinched a playoff berth. Up next for the Tigers will be Erie First Christian Academy at home tomorrow at 6 pm.

North Hills falls to 3-7 in Section 1-6A and 8-13 overall. The Indians are eliminated from the playoffs but have one more game tomorrow at Gateway at 1:30 pm.

Boys Basketball vs. North Hills, 2-7-20

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Tigers Nipped By Raiders On Senior Night, 49-46

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by Jonathan Spina

The Tigers fell behind early, fought back, but were not able to overcome the Seneca Valley Raiders, 49-46, on senior night. It was Seneca Valley’s first section win of the season.

The Raiders jumped all over North Allegheny in the first quarter, getting out to a 15-4 lead four minutes in. The Tigers were able to cut the lead to single digits at halftime trailing 24-17. It really started to rain in the third quarter for North Allegheny, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range and cutting the lead to one heading into the fourth quarter. Zach Andreykovich had three three-pointers in the third quarter.

It was back and forth in the fourth quarter, and with under a minute to go, Luke Colella gave the Tigers a 46-44 lead hitting two free throws. Seneca Valley’s Mason Bush answered with a layup and free throw to give the Raiders the lead back, 47-46. North Allegheny turned the ball over with 16 seconds left and had to foul. After two free throws from Seneca Valley’s Cole Brooks, North Allegheny had to chance to tie the game, but a game-tying 3-point shot hit off the back iron and the Tigers fell, 49-46.

Andreykovich was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game scoring 12 points, all in the second half. Grant Timmerson led the Tigers with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Khalil Dinkins added 11 points and 9 rebounds.

North Allegheny falls to 3-6 in the section and 8-11 overall. The Tigers will head to North Hills Friday night with the winner of that game heading to the playoffs and the loser’s season ending. That game will be broadcast live on the North Allegheny Sports Network and is the PlayerPager Big 56 Game of the Week.

Boys Basketball vs. Seneca Valley, 1-31-20

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