NA Outlasts North Hills In Section Finale, 60-45
The North Allegheny seniors were the catalyst for a 60-45 triumph in the Section 1-6A finale over the North Hills Indians on Friday night. The playoff-bound Tigers were paced by senior Nico Erimias, who scored a team-high 18 points on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. All five North Allegheny seniors scored points in the victory, including Mike Egnaczyk, Walker Davidson, Stephen Humphries and Anthony Hattrup.
The Tigers stormed out of the gates to open the game and built a 20-3 lead on the strength of an opportunistic defense that forced six turnovers in the first quarter. North Hills eventually settled into the game and cut the Tigers lead to 32-22 by intermission.
Spearheaded by senior Jordan Albright, the Indians continued to chip away and trimmed the deficit to four points late in the third quarter. Albright netted a game-high 24 points, including three 3-pointers.
NA’s dominance on the glass helped the Tigers regain control of the contest in the fourth quarter. North Allegheny outrebounded North Hills, 33-24, with Hattrup and sophomore Khalil Dinkins grabbing six rebounds each. Hattrup added 14 points, three assists, two steals and one block in a strong all-around performance.
Thanks to the steady play of Erimias and Hattrup, who combined to shoot 15 of 19 from the field, the Tigers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 60-45 victory.
With the win, North Allegheny jumps to 12-8 overall and 5-5 in Section 1-6A. North Hills slips to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the section. The Tigers will take on Shenango at New Castle in a non-conference game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs. North Hills, 2-8-19
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