NA Tops Seneca Valley, 62-53
The North Allegheny boys’ basketball team wrapped up the first half of section play on Monday night with a 62-53 victory over the Seneca Valley Raiders at UPMC Court. The win keeps the Tigers in sole possession of third place in the Section 1-6A standings and just one game back of first place.
The first half was tightly contested and was tied at 22-22 late in the second quarter before senior Ty Iwanonkiw knocked down a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play in the half to give NA a 25-22 lead at intermission.
The second half began the same way the first half ended, with an Iwanonkiw 3-pointer, and NA led 28-22 early in the third quarter. The trey by Iwanonkiw sparked a tide-turning third quarter in which the Tigers outscored the Raiders, 16-9, to build a 41-31 lead heading into the fourth. The big third period was spearheaded by NA’s ability to speed up the game with a quick-strike transition offense that repeatedly saw senior forward Joey Dopirak beat SV up the floor for layups. Dopirak netted 14 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In the fourth quarter, Seneca Valley trimmed the deficit to 43-38 but that’s as close as the Raiders would come as the Tigers defended their home court and came away with a 62-53 win.
Along with Dopirak, seniors Anthony Sciote and Joe Marquis each scored 14 points. Iwanonkiw added 12 points and three 3-pointers. For Seneca Valley, junior Tyler Pepin tallied a game-high 22 points and posted three 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Owen Congdon totaled 18 points.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 6-9 overall and 3-2 in Section 1-6A, while Seneca Valley slips to 5-12 overall and 1-4 in the section. The Tigers will host Shaler for Senior Night on Tuesday at UPMC Court. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Boys Basketball vs. Seneca Valley, 1-22-24
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