HERSHEY (AP) — Sheldon Jeter and Jassir Jordan each banked 22 points as Aliquippa completed a perfect season Saturday afternoon with a 68-49 victory over Mastery Charter North in the PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball title game at the GIANT Center.
The 5-foot-11 Jordan also dished out seven assists for Nick Lackovich’s Quips (30-0), who used a 15-2 run that turned a close game (33-28) into a 48-30 lead with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Jordan collected the first nine points of that pivotal run, then dished to Jeter for another score as Aliquippa generated needed separation. Mastery Charter North was able to get within 14 points several times in the fourth, but no closer.
Daeqwon Plowden netted 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, posting a double-double for Terrance Cook’s Mastery Charter North squad (27-4), which appeared in its first state championship game. Rodney Ross added 11 points for the Pumas.
Aliquippa’s Kaezon Pugh, the PIAA Class AA football player of the year and a Pittsburgh linebacker recruit, finished with 11 rebounds.
Pugh, Jordan and 6-6 senior Chucky Humphries were starters a season ago when Aliquippa lost 62-51 to Conwell-Egan in the PIAA Class AA final.
Saturday’s triumph delivered Aliquippa its first state basketball championship since 1997 and its fifth overall.
Roman Catholic 73,
Taylor Allderdice 62
Lamar Stevens poured in 27 points as Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic charged back from an early deficit and captured its second straight PIAA Class AAAA championship with a victory over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Allderdice.
Roman (27-4) trailed 10-0 with less than three minutes remaining in the opening quarter yet led 33-30 at the halftime break. Stevens had 13 points in the first half, while Tony Carr added eight and Dakquan Davis chipped in six.
Nazeer Bostick also reached double figures, scoring 15 points for Chris McNesby’s Cahillites. Carr added 13 and Davis popped off the bench to collect eight.
Stevens, Bostick and Carr will continue their basketball careers at Penn State. Nittany Lions head coach Patrick Chambers and two of his assistants were parked at courtside — just a few feet from one of Giant Center’s baskets.
James Jackson rang up 21 points and Ramon Creighton totaled 19 for Allderdice (28-2), which was making its first appearance in a state title game.
The Pittsburgh City League champs were troubled by foul difficulties much of the game, as Roman Catholic finished 24-for-32 at the free-throw line.
Buddy Valinsky’s Dragons, meanwhile, were 4-for-8.
Roman also held a 38-25 advantage on the glass — the 6-4 Carr snared a team-high eight rebounds — including 22-9 in the first half.
Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 56,
Lourdes Regional 33
Sam Breen nearly cranked out a triple-double as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic defeated Lourdes Regional in the Class A title tilt.
Breen scored 27 points, snared 15 rebounds and dished out nine assists for North Catholic, which was leading 20-18 with 3:23 left in the first half when Breen’s mid-range jumper triggered a 21-2 salvo that ended late in the third quarter with a Kylie Huffman finish. By then, North Catholic led 41-20.
Huffman finished with 10 points and Dani Short pocketed 13 rebounds for Molly Rottmann’s Trojanettes (28-3). The championship was the first for North Catholic since 1995 and the eighth for the Pittsburgh-based school.
Lourdes Regional was in its first title game since claiming the 1994 Class A title across the parking lot at Hersheypark Arena. Mike Klembara’s Red Raiders (23-7) were led by Carmella Bickel’s 11 points and Selina Albert’s 10 rebounds.
Archbishop Wood 46, Villa Maria 29
Bailey Greenberg tossed in 14 points as Archbishop Wood opened the evening twin bill by unleashing a terrific defense in turning back Erie’s Villa Maria Academy in the Class AAA championship affair.
A 19-8 run down the stretch helped the Vikings (25-6) secure their first state championship since 2012 and their fourth overall.
Villa was seeking its first state title since 2011.
Katie May and Kate Connolly split 16 points for Wood, which led 21-16 at the halftime break. Sarah Agnello’s 11 points paced Villa (29-1).