Vincentian wins boys WPIAL Class A basketball championship

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The No. 1 scoring team in WPIAL boys basketball is now the No. 1 team in WPIAL Class A.

The Vincentian Royals defeated Clairton, 86-74, to win the Class A championship tonight at Palumbo Center.

It wasn't much more than an average game for Vincentian because the Royals came into the contest averaging 83 points. The 86 points is the third-highest total in WPIAL Class A championship history.

It is the second championship in three seasons for Vincentian, a small private school in McCandless. The Royals also prevented Clairton from becoming only the 16th school in WPIAL history to win football and basketball titles in the same school year.

Jim Kenna led Vincentian with 24 points, Tony DiNardo added 16, Ryan Wolf 14 and Kevin Fischer 10.

Bryan Clifford scored 20 points for Clairton. Terrish Webb added 15 while Armani Ford and Aaron Matthews scored 10 each. Tyler Boyd had seven points and nine rebounds.

Vincentian held a seven-point lead in the first quarter, but Clairton came back and went ahead on Webb's basket with 4:27 left in the half. Clairton built the lead up to 36-31 before Vincentian came back and the game was tied at halftime, 39-39.

In the third quarter, Clairton scored the first five points, but it was pretty much all Vincentian the rest of the quarter. The Royals went on an 11-0 run to grab a 50-44 advantage and Jay Cortese's basket made it 63-53 late in the quarter.

Clairton sliced the lead to 68-62 with 6:12 left in the game, but could get no closer.

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