Beaver Falls beats Holy Cross, 69-63, for PIAA title
March 24, 2013 5:00 AM
Beaver Falls' Elijah Cottrill steals the ball from Holy Cross' Kerry Kearney in the second half of the PIAA AA boys basketball championship game at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
By Brad Everett Tri-State Sports & News Service
HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Beaver Falls Tigers sported "2013 WPIAL champions" T-shirts before their game Saturday.
When the game concluded, new T-shirts were already being printed.
They read "2013 PIAA champions."
Beaver Falls 69, Holy Cross 63
Beaver Falls takes on Holy Cross in the high school boys basketball PIAA Class AA Championships. (Video by Lucas Good; 3/23/2013)
Beaver Falls overcame a double-digit third-quarter deficit to District 2 champion Holy Cross, 69-63, in the PIAA Class AA boys championship at the Giant Center.
It's the fourth PIAA title for Beaver Falls and first since 2005.
Beaver Falls (28-3) fell behind Holy Cross, 48-38, with 1:57 left in the third quarter, but the Tigers responded with a 19-6 run to take a 57-54 lead after Dan Stratton made a 3-pointer with 3:23 remaining in the fourth. The Tigers never trailed again and outscored Holy Cross, 28-15, in the fourth quarter.
Drew Cook scored 15 points to lead a group of four Beaver Falls players scoring in double figures. Stratton and Micoy Mason each had 14 points, and Elijah Cottrill added 12.
Josh Kosin, a 6-foot-6 center, led Holy Cross (27-6) with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.