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2018-2019 Game Summaries

NA Falls In WPIAL 1st Round To Canon-McMillan In OT, 61-59

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By Jared Barton

It was just around this time two years ago when Canon-McMillan topped North Allegheny 70-67 in round one of the WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs.

This time, the Big Macs clawed back from an 11-point deficit to take down the Tigers 61-59 in overtime at West Allegheny High School.

It was a back-and-forth matchup in the first quarter, with NA taking a small 10-9 lead at the end of the frame. The scoring heated up for both teams in the second quarter, but was still close at halftime with the Tigers leading, 27-24.  Junior Mike Iuzzolino and senior Nico Erimias led the charge with eight points apiece half way through the contest. Canon-McMillan senior Drew Engel dropped four three-point shots in the first half to keep the game in reach.

North Allegheny owned the third quarter, with Anthony Hattrup and Erimias leading the way. The Tigers held a 41-31 lead heading into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was a bit of a different story, as the Big Macs combined solid defense with timely scoring to pull back into the game.  CM rattled off an 8-0 run with just minutes remaining to tie the game at the end of regulation.  Erimias had a chance to propel the Tigers to victory with a last second prayer from beyond the arc, but the shot bounced off of the backboard. Iuzzolino fouled out of the contest with three minutes left in the fourth. His absence was missed throughout the rest of the game.

In overtime, aggressive Canon-Mac defense made the difference, led by senior Luke Palma, whose four steals led all players in the game.  Multiple fouls slowed the pace in OT, but the Big Macs made the necessary shots to secure the win off of the scoring of seniors Ethan Beachy and Elliot Waller.

Hattrup earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors, leading all scorers with 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Big Macs improve to 15-8 overall on the season and advance to the WPIAL Quarterfinal matchup with Latrobe on Saturday. North Allegheny’s season comes to an end with a 13-9 overall record.

NA Shells Shenango, 80-33

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In a non-section tune-up ahead of the WPIAL playoffs, the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team earned an 80-33 blowout over Class AA Shenango on Sunday afternoon at New Castle High School. The Tigers cemented the win by outscoring Shenango, 26-3, in the fourth quarter.

Senior Nico Erimias led the Tigers with 17 points and six rebounds. Juniors Justin Altmeyer and Mike Iuzzolino joined Erimias in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

It was a fantastic shooting day for the Tigers, hitting 63-percent (34 of 54) from the field on the afternoon. NA also dominated the glass, outrebounding Shenango, 30-18.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 13-8 overall. Shenango falls to 10-12 on the season. The Tigers final regular season at Altoona has been cancelled. They will await their playoff seeding that will be announced Tuesday night.

Boys Basketball vs. Shenango, 2-10-19

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NA Outlasts North Hills In Section Finale, 60-45

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The North Allegheny seniors were the catalyst for a 60-45 triumph in the Section 1-6A finale over the North Hills Indians on Friday night. The playoff-bound Tigers were paced by senior Nico Erimias, who scored a team-high 18 points on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. All five North Allegheny seniors scored points in the victory, including Mike Egnaczyk, Walker Davidson, Stephen Humphries and Anthony Hattrup.

The Tigers stormed out of the gates to open the game and built a 20-3 lead on the strength of an opportunistic defense that forced six turnovers in the first quarter. North Hills eventually settled into the game and cut the Tigers lead to 32-22 by intermission.

Spearheaded by senior Jordan Albright, the Indians continued to chip away and trimmed the deficit to four points late in the third quarter. Albright netted a game-high 24 points, including three 3-pointers.

NA’s dominance on the glass helped the Tigers regain control of the contest in the fourth quarter. North Allegheny outrebounded North Hills, 33-24, with Hattrup and sophomore Khalil Dinkins grabbing six rebounds each. Hattrup added 14 points, three assists, two steals and one block in a strong all-around performance.

Thanks to the steady play of Erimias and Hattrup, who combined to shoot 15 of 19 from the field, the Tigers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 60-45 victory.

With the win, North Allegheny jumps to 12-8 overall and 5-5 in Section 1-6A. North Hills slips to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the section. The Tigers will take on Shenango at New Castle in a non-conference game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. North Hills, 2-8-19

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NA Notches Non-section Win Over Gateway, 66-33

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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team earned a convincing non-section win at Gateway on Monday night, 66-33. The Tigers held a 25-20 lead at the half and busted the game wide open with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Gators 24-8 in the period.  

The Tigers doubled up the Gators by shooting 55-percent from the field, led by senior Anthony Hattrup, who netted 13 points. Senior Mike Egnaczyk and junior Justin Altmeyer added 10 points each.

The stingy NA defense limited Gateway to 28-percent shooting for the night and a paltry 17-percent (4 of 24) in the second half. The Gators did not have a player touch double figures.

North Allegheny improves to 11-8 on the season and will host North Hills on Friday night in the Section 1-6A finale. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Basketball vs. Gateway, 2-4-19

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Tigers Clinch Playoff Berth With 62-45 Win Over Seneca Valley

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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team punched its ticket into the WPIAL playoffs with a 62-45 road win at Seneca Valley on Friday night. The Tigers earned the Section 1-6A victory on the strength of a stingy defense that didn’t allow many open looks and limited the Raiders to 34-percent shooting on the night. The win also secured a season sweep for the Tigers over their section foe.

The contest was tied 14-14 in the second quarter before NA used a 14-0 run to take a 28-14 lead late in the period. The Tigers defense and success on the glass were the key cogs in the run. North Allegheny outrebounded the Raiders on the night, 29-23.

North Allegheny expanded the lead to 44-24 by the end of the third quarter, led by seniors Mike Egnaczyk and Anthony Hattrup. The duo each scored a game-high 14 points, with 10 coming in the second half.

Hattrup had a strong all-around performance, adding seven rebounds and four blocks, along with providing stellar defense on Seneca Valley big man Marcus Might. Hattrup, who shot 5 of 6 from the field and 4 for 4 at the free-throw line, was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

In the fourth quarter, Seneca Valley applied an intense full court defense that helped the Raiders trim the deficit to 11 points. However, that’s as close as Seneca Valley would come as the Tigers fended off their section rival for a 62-45 win and a WPIAL playoff berth.

The Raiders were paced by Zac Zajacs with 12 points.

North Allegheny snapped a four-game losing streak with the outcome and improves to 10-8 overall and 4-5 in Section 1-6A. Seneca Valley slides to 9-9 overall and 4-5 in the section.  The Tigers will visit Gateway on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in a non-section contest.