Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Few teams have playoff sports locked up

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Thursday, February 02, 2023 | 11:01 AM

With just over a week left until the WPIAL regular season, the focus is more on Westmoreland County’s playoff situation.

Only four county teams had secured spots early in the week. barrel and Young in class 3A, Greensburg Central Catholic at 2A monesen in class A.

County Teams Still Include Math Hunt Norwin and hemp field at 6A. franklin area, Kiski Area, latrobe and pentraford at 5A. Bell Vernon, Southmoreland and Greensburg Salem at 4A. Delhi, Ligonnier Valley, valley and Mount Pleasant at 3A.and Janet at 2A.

Sectional play will end on February 11th and the playoff line-ups will be announced on February 13th.

The playoffs are scheduled to start on February 17th.

GS winning streak record

in the meantime Greensburg Salem First-year coach Cam Auld isn’t looking for a moral victory.

The Golden Lions (5-14) turned over Indiana75-70, breaking the 25-game section losing streak on January 27.

Their previous section win was 4 February 2020, 65-52 overs. Laurel Highlands, when Rodney Gallagher was a freshman. Mustangs won his WPIAL Class 5A Championship.

“I’m happy to win,” Old said. “It didn’t matter when it came. It shows we’re making progress, but we don’t want to stop and celebrate.”

tough stretch

No other basketball stretch is as demanding. Bell Vernon faced recently.

The Leopards (9-9) will have played five games in eight days when they take to the court Friday night. Laurel Highlands.

This includes 3 games played over 3 days last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Leopards manager Joe Salvino said, “Three games in a row, we’ve never had this happen.” “I have to lighten up a bit in practice[on Monday]… maybe.”

The remaining 5 game runs include: Southmoreland, franklin area, north hillsand union town.

waiting game

R&R usually means rest and relaxation.

In the Franklin area it means Lowell and Rankine.

The team hopes the duo’s hiatus will end soon.

The top two scorers on the men’s basketball team were still injured when the Panthers faced Belle Vernon in a shootout at Seton Hill on January 28.

They missed three games in a row.

Still, the Panthers lost 66-52 after giving the talented Bell Vernon a game.

Finn Hutchison stepped up, found a shooting touch and made seven 3-pointers for 25 points.

The Franklin Regional (9-9, 3-4) also got a lift from Bryson Pavlik. gateway A transfer student who joined the team after the holidays. He scored 10 against Belvernon.

“We’ve learned how to play together without Cam and Cooper,” said coach Jesse Reed. “We’ve had others step up and take on new roles. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Bilinsky is back

Norwin Outstanding senior guard Adam Bilinski is back in the lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury.

The Knights were 2-3 without him, but they went on a winning streak when he came back.

Bilinski scored 20 points and the Knights (11-7, 3-4) hit 13 of 19 3-pointers in the 69-41 victory. latrobe In a shootout at Seton Hill.

“I feel like a new guy,” Bilinsky said with a laugh. “There are people who have stepped up and found new roles for us.”

Mercyhurst commit Bilinsky was within 70 points of 1,000 in his career.

Fear of the Spartans

hemp field Last Friday, we almost pulled one of the upsets of the year.Spartan (6-13) earns his 5th place upper percent claire (11-8) to overtime before collapsing, 67-65.

They nearly won in regulation, but Caden Biondi, who drove down the lane and scored with one second remaining, was called for a charge.

Harry Sowers finished with a game-high 25 points and Aaron Woodley added 14 for the Spartans.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email. [email protected] or via Twitter .

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