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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Tigers Grind Out Win Over Vikings In WPIAL 1st Round, 45-41

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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team earned its first postseason win in six years with a 45-41 victory over the Central Catholic Vikings in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs on Tuesday night.

In a contrast of styles, the fast-paced Tigers faced off against the more methodical Vikings, who boasted the best scoring defense in Class 6A allowing a paltry 47 points per game. While the tempo was more to the liking of Central Catholic, it was North Allegheny that built an 18-12 lead by the early stages of the second quarter. Balanced scoring helped NA construct the six-point advantage with seven different players scoring points in the half. Senior forward Khalil Dinkins led NA in the first 16 minutes with five points, finishing with nine on the night.

NA’s six-point lead would be its largest of the game, however, and Central Catholic answered back with 12-6 run to tie the game at halftime, 24-24. Senior Anderson Cynkar netted seven of his team-high 13 points in the first half and produced plenty of second-chance scoring opportunities with 13 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass.

To open the third quarter, Central Catholic poured in back-to-back 3-pointers courtesy of Randall Wilkerson and Dante Depante for a 30-24 lead. Like the Tigers, the Vikings six-point lead was their largest of the contest.

Following the Depante 3-pointer, North Allegheny was able to force the tempo to a quicker pace and it sparked a 12-2 run to end the third quarter, giving the Tigers a 36-32 lead. Junior guard Matt McDonough and senior forward Ethan Lake both connected on 3-pointers during the run.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers stretched the lead out to five points following a pair of free throws from senior Greg Habib, bringing the score to 42-37 with 1:21 remaining. Central Catholic answered with two free throws and a layup by Cynkar, cutting the Tigers lead to 42-41 with 17 seconds remaining.

A quick foul by Central Catholic sent Habib back to the charity stripe and he converted both free throws for a 44-41 lead. The Vikings last-gasp effort to tie the score sailed off target on a missed 3-pointer by Wilkerson, and a subsequent free-throw by junior Erik Sundgren with 2.7 seconds left to play sealed the deal for North Allegheny and a 45-41 victory.

Habib led the Tigers with 12 points and converted on 6-of-8 shots from the free-throw line down the stretch, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

With the win, seventh-seeded North Allegheny improves to 16-6 on the season and advances to face second-seeded Fox Chapel on Friday night. Central Catholic’s season comes to an end with a 12-10 record.

Boys Basketball vs. Central Catholic, 3-2-21

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NA Rolls Gateway In Regular Season Finale, 85-67

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It was a great team effort for the North Allegheny boys’ basketball team on Friday night as the Tigers concluded the regular season with an 85-67 triumph at Gateway.

Similar to Thursday night’s win against Latrobe, North Allegheny started quickly and opened up a 47-29 lead by halftime and cruised in the second half. Junior Robby Jones was the game-high scorer with 17 points and four 3-pointers, followed by Khalil Dinkins with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures were Greg Habib and Matt McDonough with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Gateway was paced by Will Kromka with 16 points and Michael Stevenson with 12 points and three 3-pointers.

North Allegheny wraps up the regular season with a 15-6 overall record. The Tigers will rest up before they face the Central Catholic Vikings on Tuesday night in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs.

Boys Basketball vs. Gateway, 2-26-21

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NA Levels Latrobe, 75-43

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The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team rebounded from a disappointing loss to Butler earlier in the week with convincing 75-43 win over playoff-bound Latrobe on Thursday night.

The Tigers stormed out of the gates against their Class 5A foe with a ferocious defense that converted turnovers into baskets and a 33-11 lead after one period. Senior Khalil Dinkins dominated the action in the opening stanza, scoring nine of his 13 points in the quarter. Dinkins was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for setting the tone in a North Allegheny rout.

Following the big first quarter, the Tigers continued to add on to their lead and invoked the mercy rule by the third quarter. Also having a big night for NA was junior Matt McDonough with 19 points and two 3-pointers. Senior forward Greg Habib and junior guard Robby Jones both reached double figures as well netting 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Latrobe was paced by senior Frank Newill with 13 points.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 14-6 overall and will face Gateway in the regular season finale on Friday night. Latrobe falls to 7-6 overall and will take on Thomas Jefferson next week in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.

Boys Basketball vs. Latrobe, 2-25-21

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NA Falls to Butler, 78-75

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by Jonathan Spina

It was another close game between the Tigers and Golden Tornado with this one going to Butler, 78-75 in a Section1-6A matchup at North Allegheny High School on Monday night.

Both teams shot it well from the field with NA shooting 58-percent and Butler shooting 60-percent from the field. The Golden Tornado had the early advantage of 18-16 after a quarter of play thanks to an efficient start. It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Devin Carney and Mattix Clement paced the Golden Tornado while Ethan Lake kept North Allegheny in the game by scoring 11 points in the first half. The Tigers would trail though 43-36 heading into the locker room.

The Tigers halftime adjustments worked as they scored 30 points in the third quarter, Matt McDonough scoring 15 of them. Devin Carney’s 12 points kept Butler within reach but the Tigers had the lead 66-65 heading into the final frame. In the fourth quarter Butler slowed the pace down, limiting possessions for North Allegheny. The Tigers would only score nine points in the quarter. With six seconds left, the Tigers had a chance to tie the game but a 3-pointer fell short and Butler escaped with a 78-75 victory.

McDonough was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for the second straight night finishing with 21 points. Lake and Jack Christy each finished with 12 points. Greg Habib had 11 points, all coming in the second half and Khalil Dinkins finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

North Allegheny falls to 13-6 overall and 8-4 in Section 1-6A. Butler improves to 10-7 overall and 5-6 in the section. Up next for the Tigers will be a trip to Bethel Park on Wednesday to take on the Black Hawks at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Butler, 2-22-21

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Tigers Slay Dragons For Non-Section Win, 70-55

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With a feisty and ferocious defense, the North Allegheny Tigers pounced on the Allderdice Dragons for a 70-55 non-section win on Sunday night. NA forced Allderdice into 16 first-half turnovers and took the fire out of the Dragons offense. The Tigers capitalized on Allderdice’s miscues for a 34-27 halftime lead and stretched the advantage to double figures in the second half.

North Allegheny also held a decided advantage on the glass, outrebounding Allderdice, 34-16, including 12 offensive rebounds. The Tigers ability to cash in on second-chance opportunities also proved pivotal.

Leading the charge for North Allegheny on this night was junior guard Matt McDonough, who netted a team-high 19 points. McDonough buried three 3-pointers and slashed his way to the rim to provide a consistent source of offense. With a great all-around performance, which included five rebounds, four assists and one steal, McDonough was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Also making a significant impact was senior Khalil Dinkins with 17 points and nine rebounds, coming just one board shy of a double-double. Junior Connor Casten netted 12 points and senior Ethan Lake chipped in with 10 points.

Allderdice was paced by junior Kiere Henning, who did his best to keep the Dragons in the game, posting a team-best 18 points with 4-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Cam Butcher reached double figures with 11 points.

North Allegheny improves to 13-5 overall, while Allderdice drops to 4-4 on the season. The Tigers will host Butler on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. The game will be video streamed live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Boys Basketball vs. Allderdice, 2-21-21

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