Less than 72 hours after leading Aliquippa to a PIAA football championship, Darrelle Revis changed uniforms. He must have done it in a phone booth.
Instead of a warmup jersey last night, Revis should have worn a cape. Aliquippa's Superman put on a show last night, leading the Quips to an 86-82 overtime victory against Beaver Falls in a WPIAL Class AA Section 6 basketball opener.
Revis, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, scored a game-high 35 points, including nine in overtime. That performance was impressive enough, but even more impressive when you consider Revis scored 30 points (five touchdowns) only two days earlier in the football title game.
He is one of the top football players in the WPIAL, and his only day of basketball practice was Monday.
"It's amazing," Aliquippa basketball coach Marvin Emerson said. "He's a special kind of kid. You can't teach what he has."
Revis, a point guard, made 11 of 19 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. After the game, an assistant football coach from the University of Toledo was waiting to talk to Revis. Revis has Division I scholarship offers in football and basketball.
"I thought he might score 40 on us," said Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega. "The kid is just special. I talk with [Aliquippa football coach and athletic director] Mike Zmijanac all the time. He's been around a long time. He says the kid is the best two-sport athlete ever from around [Beaver County]. I know he's the best I've seen in my lifetime."
Revis led the WPIAL in scoring last year, averaging 25 points a game. He seemed in midseason form against Beaver Falls, blowing by defenders with his speed.
"In practice Monday, you could just see it in him. It was time for him to play," Emerson said. "It was like he never lost it from last year."
Revis attempted only a few outside shots, scoring mostly on drives and pull-up shots in the key.
"I knew my outside shot wouldn't be there yet," he said. "I'll get it during the season. Toward the fourth quarter, I started to get a little tired. But I told myself I had to dig deep."
Regulation had a fantastic finish. Aliquippa's Dontae Rawlins scored off a rebound with 17 seconds left to put Aliquippa ahead, 73-70. After Aliquippa's Jance Henry missed two free throws with five seconds remaining, Beaver Falls' Lance Jeter launched a prayer from behind half-court that rattled in for a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Revis scored the first basket of overtime and Aliquippa never trailed again. Jeter, a sophomore guard, and sophomore forward Jack Anderson both scored 22 points for Beaver Falls and forward Jordan Potter added 12. Rawlins had 14 for Aliquippa and Henry added 11.
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