2020-2021 Game Summaries
by Jonathan Spina
Trailing by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter. North Allegheny exploded for 31 points in the final frame and escaped a tough Albert Gallatin team 77-71 in a non-section game on Saturday night at North Allegheny gymnasium.
Everything seemed to be going Albert Gallatin’s way in the first quarter as there seemed to be a lid on the rim for the Tigers as they shot 31-percent in the quarter and only scored 10 points. Albert Gallatin shot 60-percent from the floor in the first quarter, and held a 15-10 lead after a quarter.
In the second quarter the threes began to fall for North Allegheny. Unfortunately, the Colonials offense was still hitting on all cylinders getting the lead to double digits and going into the half with a 40-26 lead. The Tigers had no answer for Albert Gallatin senior Dylan Shea who had 22 points in the first half.
In the third quarter things began to turn around for North Allegheny, as the energy rose and the defense started to play well. Albert Gallatin hung in strong and kept their double digit lead heading into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was all Tigers as the defense held Albert Gallatin to 33-percent shooting, while the NA offense would put up 31 points. The most important thing for the Tigers were free throws down the stretch hitting 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter. North Allegheny would complete the comeback and Kyrell Hutcherson put the game away late with four straight free throws, and the Tigers won 77-71.
North Allegheny got huge second half production from Greg Habib, Matt McDonough and Khalil Dinkins. Habib was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game and finished with 26 points, 15 of them coming in the second half, McDonough had 17 points, 12 coming in the second half and Dinkins finished with 14, 12 of them in the second half. Hutcherson also had 10 points, all in the second half with 6 for 6 shooting from the line.
North Allegheny improves to 6-2 overall. Albert Gallatin falls to 4-2 overall. Up next for the Tigers will be another home game against North Hills at 7 p.m on Tuesday. This game will be varsity only and will be live streamed on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Basketball vs. Albert Gallatin, 1-25-21
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The ascent to the top of the Section 1-6A standings continued for the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team on Friday night with a convincing 85-62 triumph at Butler. With the win, another head-to-head losing streak went by the wayside against a section foe. The Tigers broke a nine-game losing skid to the Tornado, earning their first win at Butler since Dec. 22, 2015.
The North Allegheny defense stymied the reigning WPIAL champions in the first quarter and the Tigers jumped to a 14-4 lead through the first eight minutes of play. Butler’s standout junior guard, Devin Carney, heated up in the second quarter and ultimately finished with a game-high 28 points. Despite Carney’s efforts, Butler still trailed 39-29 at the half.
The second half belonged to the Tigers and NA pulled away for an 85-62 win. The balance of Matt McDonough’s perimeter shooting and Khalil Dinkins’ hard work in the paint proved to be Butler’s undoing. McDonough poured in 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc on his way to a team-high 20 points. Dinkins muscled the Tornado for a double-double, posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Greg Habib slashed his way to the rim for 19 points on the evening.
For Butler, joining Carney in double figures was Mattix Clement with 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from the outside.
North Allegheny improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in Section 1-6A. Butler falls to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the section. The Tigers will host Albert Gallatin on Saturday night in a non-section contest.
Boys Basketball vs. Butler, 1-22-21
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by Rob McKinney
Following a tough loss to Chartiers Valley, North Allegheny boys’ basketball responded with a 64-57 win over Erie McDowell.
McDowell came into Tuesday’s game following a 63-50 win against Mt. Lebanon a few days prior. Only one McDowell Trojan scored in double digits and that was Senior Jackson Hower who tallied 24 points in the defeat. Despite Hower’s strong effort, McDowell struggled to find offensive rhythm and performed poorly at the foul line. McDowell went 11-21 from the charity stripe.
Displaying some resilience defensively, the Tigers only allowed four 3-pointers all game and shut down McDowell’s scoring in the third and fourth quarters. The first quarter was competitive between the two teams, but North Allegheny shined offensively in the latter part of the period. Junior Robby Jones scored nine of his 14 points in the first quarter, all coming beyond the arch.
Unlike the end of the first quarter, the second quarter was relatively quiet offensively for both sides. McDowell’s Max Paris came on strong, tallying six of the team’s 16 points scored in the period. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Paris didn’t return to the game after the second quarter due to injury.
Following halftime, North Allegheny found their offensive stride and held McDowell to only 10 points in the quarter. Senior Khalil Dinkins and senior Greg Habib began showcasing their skills in the period, scoring four and five points, respectfully.
The final quarter was all about Habib, who tallied 10 of the Tigers’ 13 points. Following his monster production in the second half, Habib finished with 20 points to lead the Tigers. Despite Habib’s efforts, McDowell came within five points of tying the Tigers with just minutes on the clock. But the Tigers held on to secure their fourth win of the season.
North Allegheny improves to 4-2 overall. The Tigers will head to Butler on Friday night at 7:30 p.m to take on the Golden Tornado in a section matchup.
For the second straight night, the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team staged a dramatic fourth quarter rally. However, Saturday night’s comeback bid fell just short as the undefeated Chartiers Valley Colts staved off the Tigers for an 88-81 victory.
Chartiers Valley, the third-ranked team in Class 5A, was scorching hot from beyond the arc and knocked down 16 3-pointers on the night. Seven different players hit at least one 3-pointer, led by senior Socrates Boulis who was 5-of-6 from the perimeter and finished with 19 points. Senior Brayden Reynolds, who recently surpassed the 1,000-point plateau earlier in the week, paced the Colts stampede with a team-high 25 points and nine rebounds as CV built a 74-61 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Displaying the same resilience they had shown in a comeback win over Pine-Richland the night before, the Tigers chipped away at the deficit and closed to within four points of the Colts in the late stages of the fourth quarter. Junior Matt McDonough demonstrated that CV wasn’t the only team who could hit treys and converted on 6-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc on his way to a game-high 36-point effort. McDonough was 13-for-15 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line, collecting the Wright Automotive Player of the Game award for the second straight night.
Despite sitting much of the second quarter and the entire third quarter in foul trouble, senior forward Greg Habib joined in the comeback efforts in the fourth period and netted 19 points on the evening. Junior Robby Jones reached double figures with 12 points.
Three different times the Tigers cut the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter. With 30 seconds remaining, McDonough’s sixth trey of the night cut Colts lead to 85-81. Unfortunately, NA could come no closer as Chartiers Valley’s strength on the offensive glass helped the Colts survive the rally and close out an 88-81 win.
North Allegheny falls to 3-2 overall with the loss, while Chartiers Valley maintains an unblemished record at 6-0. The Tigers will host McDowell from District 10 on Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. The contest will be video streamed by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Basketball vs. Chartiers Valley, 1-16-21
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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team rallied from 16-point deficit in the second half for an 83-77 victory against neighborhood rival Pine-Richland on Friday night. The win kept the Tigers undefeated in Section 1-6A action and snapped a nine-game losing streak in the head-to-head series with the Rams. It was the first win against Pine-Richland since a 71-69 triumph on Dec. 15, 2015.
The game began inauspiciously for the Tigers as the visiting Rams stampeded to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter. Pine-Richland led by double figures through most of the game and stretched out the lead to 48-32 midway through the third quarter. Junior Joey Dudkowski spearheaded the effort for the Rams with a game-high 33-point performance.
Despite the slow start, North Allegheny chipped away and cut the deficit to 54-43 by the end of the third quarter. The Tigers defense ramped up the pressure in the fourth quarter and NA shot 71-percent (10-for-14) in the final stanza. Timely defensive stops by juniors Matt McDonough and Kyrell Hutcherson aided the comeback bid as the defense forced 17 turnovers. Three-pointers by McDonough and junior Robby Jones proved pivotal down the stretch. Ultimately, with 9.2 seconds remaining, the Tigers completely erased the deficit with a basket in the paint by senior Khalil Dinkins that tied the game at 69-69 and forced overtime. Dinkins finished with 10 points and was one of five Tigers in double figures.
In overtime, North Allegheny continued to ride the wave of momentum and pulled out an 83-77 victory with solid shooting from the free-throw line and careful possession of the basketball. The Tigers shot 66-percent (19-for-29) from the charity stripe, while the Rams converted on just 57-percent (8-for-14) from the line.
Similar to the team’s slow start, senior forward Greg Habib was scoreless in the first quarter but finished with a team-high 23 points, scoring 15 in the second half and overtime. Also touching double figures was McDonough with 17 points, Jones with 15 points and Hutcherson with 10 points. With a great all-around performance, adding a team-best three steals and four assists, McDonough was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny improves to 3-1 overall and sits atop the Section 1-6A standings with a 3-0 record. Pine-Richland falls to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the section. The Tigers will host the third-ranked team in Class 5A, the Chartiers Valley Colts, on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the MLK Weekend Showcase.
Boys Basketball vs. Pine-Richland, 1-15-21
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