Surprising Bulldogs battle Perry and Oliver for top City spot

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The Westinghouse boys have jumped off to a fast start early in the 2009-10 campaign as they are 4-1 overall and have an undefeated 2-0 record in City League play. They started off with a 77-49 non-league win against Career Connections Charter High School. After that, the Bulldogs got back-to-back league wins, which included a 54-49 home win against Schenley (3-4, 1-2) and a 90-71 pounding of Brashear (0-8, 0-3).

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They then entered into the Indiana Tournament and went down to the host Little Indians in the first round by the final count of 73-49 on Dec. 29. However, not to be denied a victory in the tournament, Westinghouse would come away with a win against Latrobe the next day, 77-62.

“I think they’re a nice ball club,” said Latrobe head coach Brad Wetzel. “There were several times throughout the game in which we tried to take a double-digit lead and they just wouldn’t let us. I was impressed with their speed and I thought they played a great game. My hat goes off to them.”

Perry (6-1, 3-0) holds the League’s top spot in their quest to be champs for two consecutive seasons. Their only loss was to North Allegheny in the NA tournament Dec. 29, 72-51. They registered two wins in the New Castle Tournament to get things started, beating the host school, 64-53. The Commodores also took care of business to win the tournament in a tight 44-40 win over Altoona.

Oliver has also put itself right in the thick of things with an undefeated 3-0 conference record, as well as a 6-2 overall record. It didn’t look as though it was going to end up this way as they suffered their only defeats in their first two games of the season in the North Hills tournament, going down to host North Hills in a 57-39 beating, then dropping a 46-42 heartbreaker to Baldwin in the consolation round.

They, however, rebounded nicely with three consecutive league victories against Langley, Carrick and Peabody. From there, they traveled to the State College Tournament.

The Bears would start things off right with a 62-43 victory against Hollidaysburg, which set them up to take on State College for the title game. They eventually came through with a victory over the tournament’s host with a 59-50 win.

“I was pleased with the way things went up at State College,” said Carey White, Oliver’s head coach. “I think this past weekend helped us out. We have a great group of seniors who work extremely hard. I see improvements in them all the time.”

BOYS SCHEDULE
JANUARY 8
Oliver at Schenley
Peabody at Perry
Carrick at Allderdice, 7:30 p.m.
Langley at Westinghouse, 7:30 p.m.
STANDINGS
Team        Overall    Conf.
1. Perry    6-1    3-0
2. Oliver    5-2    3-0
3. Westinghouse    4-1    2-0
4. Peabody    2-5    2-1
5. Allderdice    2-3    1-1
6. Schenley    3-4    1-2
7. Carrick    3-5    0-3
8. Brashear    0-8    0-3

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