WPIAL Boys Playoffs: Peters Twp. scores upset

Punches thrown; Woodland Hills loses

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Peters Township upset No. 4 seed Woodland Hills, 67-56, in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game Saturday at California University, but the outcome of the game was not the big story.

Woodland Hills standout Shakim Alonzo was ejected for throwing an elbow in the fourth quarter and then punching Peters Township's Gabe Pritz in the head before being restrained by Woodland Hills coaches and administrators, as well as California University security.

"What I saw was a guy out of control and I'm going to leave it at that," Woodland Hills coach Mike Decker said. "I'm completely embarrassed by the situation. That's not the way I coach and that's not the image I want my team to portray."

Alonzo, a senior, is a University of Cincinnati football recruit.

The incident occurred with 3:38 remaining in the game and Peters Township holding a 52-44 lead.

After the punch, Peters Township's Trent McPherson was called for a technical foul for throwing the ball at a Woodland Hills player.

Pritz laid on the court bleeding from his ear for several minutes.

"I saw my player get blatantly hit with as cheap of a shot as I've ever seen," Peters Township coach Gary Goga said.

Pritz returned and finished with a game-high 30 points for the Indians (12-11), who rallied from an early 15-2 deficit.

Peters Township made 19 of 24 free throws in the fourth quarter and 26 of 31 for the game.

Woodland Hills (17-6), which was seeking its first playoff win since 1995, finished 4 of 9 from the line. Alonzo scored a team-high 15 points.

The playoff game began 45 minutes late after the Woodland Hills team bus mistakenly drove to IUP, instead of California.

Other Class AAAA games

• Seneca Valley 45, Mt. Lebanon 42: Alex Mayfield scored 16 points and made 7 of 8 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to help the Raiders (14-9) defeat the No. 3-seeded Blue Devils (17-6) at Chartiers Valley. The Raiders outscored the Blue Devils, 16-8, in the third quarter.

• Central Catholic 70, Hempfield 44: The Vikings (13-10) shot 52 percent from the field and got 19 points from Lincoln Davis in rolling over the Spartans (19-4) at Plum. The Spartans have lost seven consecutive playoff games.

• Gateway 67, Penn-Trafford 50: Luke Kochka had five 3-pointers among his 27 points to lead the defending WPIAL champion Gators (17-6) past the Warriors (17-6) at Plum. The Warriors, along with Hempfield, were Section 1 co-champions.

Class AA

• Seton-LaSalle 71, Neshannock 25: Matt Onorato's 17 points helped the Rebels (15-8) roll to the preliminary-round victory against the Lancers (11-11) at Chartiers Valley.

• Shady Side Academy 59, California 38: Will Suppowitz scored 20 points and the Section 2 champion Indians (17-5) won their ninth consecutive game with the triumph against the Trojans (11-12) at Gateway.

• Wilkinsburg 73, Brownsville 53: Elijah Hill scored 11 points and went over 1,000 for his career as the Tigers (17-4) defeated the Falcons (13-10) at Gateway. Hill has 1,007 points.

• Jeannette 81, Fort Cherry 49: Demetrious Cox's 17 points helped the Jayhawks (15-7) win a playoff game for the ninth consecutive season, routing the Rangers (7-16) at North Hills.

• Brentwood 53, South Side Beaver 41: The Spartans (13-10) defeated the Rams (12-11) at Ambridge to earn their first playoff victory since 2005. Jason Pilarski paced Brentwood with 19 points.


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