2017-2018 Game Summaries
Shaler snapped a 19-game section losing streak on Friday night with a 63-40 road win over the North Allegheny Tigers. The section victory was the first for the Titans since a 56-54 win at North Hills on January 6, 2015. The outcome also snapped an eight-game head-to-head losing streak to the Tigers.
The difference maker in this contest was three-point shooting and the disparity was considerable. The Titans connected on 11 of 16 from beyond the arc, including a perfect 5 for 5 in the second half, for a 69-percent success rate. Meanwhile, North Allegheny hit 27-percent from the perimeter on 3 of 11 shooting.
Shaler was led by sophomore guard Mehki Reynolds who tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jesse Tavella and Luke Bebout reached double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
For North Allegheny, senior Curtis Aiken netted double figures with 11 points. Junior forward Stephen Humphries received Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors with seven points and seven rebounds.
The loss drops North Allegheny to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in section play. Shaler improves to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Section 1-6A. The Tigers will visit Pine-Richland on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Basketball vs. Shaler, 12-15-17
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In an early season non-section clash, the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils used a big fourth quarter to come away with a 67-56 victory at North Allegheny on Tuesday night. The Blue Devils trailed by one point entering the fourth quarter, but after a cold shooting first half the visitors shot 52-percent (13 of 25) in the second half and outscored the Tigers 26-14 in the final period to claim the win. Senior center Caden Hinckley led Lebo with a double-double, totaling 16 points and 13 rebounds.
North Allegheny started out hot and shot 52-percent (13 of 25) in the first half to build a 29-24 advantage by intermission. Senior Curtis Aiken paced the Tigers attack with 24 points and six rebounds. Anthony Hattrup added nine points and five boards. NA outrebounded Mt. Lebanon by a 37-24 margin.
Mt. Lebanon turned the tables on the Tigers in the second half with an improved shooting stroke and a flustering defense that forced 23 NA turnovers. Junior Hayden Mitchell reeled in a team-high six steals for the Blue Devils, while Antonio Garofoli and Brice Miller swiped three steals each. Garofoli and Miller both finished in double figures offensively by scoring 18 and 10 points, respectively.
North Allegheny falls to 0-2 on the young season, while Mt. Lebanon improves to 3-0 overall. The Tigers will host Shaler on Friday night in the Section 1-6A opener. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Basketball vs. Mt. Lebanon, 12-12-17
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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season with a tough non-section battle in Erie, PA and dropped a 76-59 decision to Cathedral Prep. The Tigers held their own in the early going and built an 18-13 lead through one quarter of play. The game was tied 34-34 at halftime before Cathedral Prep took control of the game and outscored North Allegheny 42-25 in the second half.
North Allegheny was paced by senior guard Curtis Aiken wvho poured in a game-high 26 points and dished out four assists. Aiken was 7 of 16 from the field and 10 of 15 from the free-throw line. Junior Nikko Rankin chipped in with nine points for the Tigers.
Cathedral Prep had three players finish in double figures, including senior guard Adam Upperman who posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Upperman knocked 4 of 5 shots from beyond the arc. Senior center Aaron McBride and freshman guard Michael Lucarotti added 11 points each.
North Allegheny will look to rebound from the opening day loss with a home contest against Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.