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2018-2019 Game Summaries

NA Upended By Mt. Lebanon, 65-56

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North Allegheny held a six-point lead at intermission but Mt.Lebanon stormed back in the second half to claim a 65-56 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night in non-section play. The host Blue Devils opened the third quarter on a 13-2 run to take the lead for good. Senior Sean Loughran led the Blue Devils with 19 points and 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

In the first quarter, the young Tigers withstood Mt. Lebanon’s pressure defense with poise and built a 9-0 lead to start the game. The NA advantage stood at 16-6 after one quarter of play, thanks in part to senior forwards Nico Erimias and Stephen Humphries, who each scored seven points in the first half. Erimias finished with 11 points on the night.

North Allegheny maintained a 10-point into the second quarter, holding a 30-20 advantage. Junior guard Mike Iuzzolino was a consistent force for the Tigers throughout the game and netted a game-high 20 points. For his efforts, Iuzzolino was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

While, Mt. Lebanon managed to chip away late in the quarter, the Tigers still held a 32-26 lead by halftime.  

After NA held steady against Mt. Lebanon’s pressure defense in the first half, the Blue Devils raised the intensity level and forced 12 of their 19 turnovers in the second half. The turnovers helped spark ML’s tide-turning 13-2 run to begin the third quarter. From there, the Blue Devils took command of the game en route to the non-conference win. Along with Loughran, senior Hayden Mitchell touched double figures with 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

Following the loss, North Allegheny slips to 1-2 on the season. Mt. Lebanon improves to 3-0. The Tigers will play in their home opener on Friday night against Cathedral Prep at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Mt. Lebanon, 12-11-18

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NA Falls To Penn-Trafford, 62-54

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The host Penn-Trafford Warriors used a strong third quarter to defeat the North Allegheny Tigers on Saturday, 62-54, at their annual tip-off tournament. Deadlocked at 25-25 after one half of play, the Warriors outscored the Tigers 16-7 in the third quarter to take control of the game. Zach Rocco paced the Warriors in scoring with 17 points, doing most of his work from the free-throw line on 10 of 11 shooting. Brayden Puskar added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

North Allegheny was led by junior guard Mike Iuzzolino, who tallied a game-high 28 points. Senior forward Nico Erimias also touched double digits with 14 points.

Following this weekend’s season-opening tournament, North Allegheny sits at 1-1 on the season and will visit Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday night. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Basketball vs. Penn-Trafford, 12-8-18

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Tigers Tip Off Season With Win Over Titans, 63-53

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At the Penn-Trafford Tip-Off Tournament on Friday night, the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team began the 2018-2019 season with a 63-53 triumph over Shaler. The Tigers prevailed over their former section rival thanks in part to a 21-point performance from senior forward Nico Erimias. It was the first season opening win for the Tigers in three years, when NA defeated Norristown, 73-66, to start the 2015-2016 campaign.

North Allegheny held a narrow 11-10 lead after one period of play before taking command of the game in the middle quarters. The Tigers outscored Shaler 29-15 in the second and third quarters combined, and held a 15-point lead entering the fourth quarter, 40-25.

Erimias was the catalyst for the Tigers, connecting on 7 of 10 shots from the field and chipping in with four steals on defense. Senior Stephen Humphries also touched double figures and notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Shaler was led by Mekhi Reynolds and Justin Desabato, who scored 20 and 15 points, respectively.

Following the win, North Allegheny will take on host Penn-Trafford for the tip-off tournament championship on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Shaler, 12-7-18

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