Defense leads Tigers to 56-48 victory over Rams

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by Jonathan Spina

For the second consecutive meeting, North Allegheny trailed at the half against cross-town rival Pine-Richland. Once again, the Tigers were able to erase the deficit and this time win the game in regulation, defeating the Rams 56-48 on Tuesday night at Pine-Richland High School in a Section 1-6A matchup. North Allegheny held Pine-Richland to 37% shooting in the game.

North Allegheny struggled in the first quarter, shooting 3-for-9 from the field and only scoring six points. The Rams jumped out of the gates shooting well and had a 17-6 lead after one. The second quarter was all about defense for the Tigers as they held Pine-Richland to 29% shooting and 5 total points and at the half North Allegheny was able to cut the deficit to five at 22-17.

The second half was all Tigers as they shot 65% for the half, getting three big 3-pointers from Robby Jones to start the third quarter. Pine-Richland would hang tough hitting some big shots to end the frame and we were all tied at 31-31 heading into the fourth quarter. In the final frame the Tigers were efficient on offense shooting 67% from the field and going 13-for-19 from the line and would pull away for a 56-48 victory.

Jones led the way with 18 points. Greg Habib had 15 points and was 5-for-6 from the line. Khalil Dinkins had another double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

North Allegheny improves to 9-2 overall and 7-0 in the section. Pine-Richland falls to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the section. Up next for North Allegheny will be a home, non-section contest Friday night against South Fayette in the North Allegheny gymnasium with the JV game starting at 6 p.m. This game will be live-streamed on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Basketball vs. Pine-Richland, 2/2/21

GAME SUMMARY     
SCORE BY QUARTERS1234FINAL
North Allegheny611142556
Pine-Richland17591748