When coach Buddy Valinsky looks at his Allderdice boys basketball team, he often sees double.
Valinsky doesn’t need glasses. He’s just having to deal with “twinsanity.”
“Twinsanity” is what Valinsky calls the situation with his team. Allderdice has three sets of identical twins on the team. They are Davaughn and Javaughn Moultrie, a pair of 6-foot-2 seniors, 5-9 juniors Keith and Kenny Robinson and 6-1 sophomores Jim and Tim Jackson.
Both Moultries and Jim Jackson start.
“It’s kind of comical. I say ‘Hey twin’ and six people look at me,’” Valinsky said. “We want to get T-shirts with the six faces on them and have a ‘Twinsanity’ night.”
Valinsky said he has trouble telling some of the twins apart.
“With the Moultries, Javaughn is a lefty. So, thank God for that,” Valinsky said. “I’m starting to tell the Robinsons apart. But the Jacksons, I can’t tell the difference between them unless I see their uniform numbers. They’re bookends. They do everything alike. They even play alike.”
But the twin thread doesn’t stop with the Moultries, Robinsons and Jacksons. Point guard Juwan Ledbetter has a fraternal twin, Jalen, who keeps the scorebook for Allderdice.
“Even our athletic director, Jerry Haslett, has a twin sister,” Valinsky said.
The twins have helped Allderdice, a City League school, to a 4-1 record. All five games have been against WPIAL teams. The Dragons defeated Woodland Hills, Summit Academy, Peters Township and Blackhawk, and lost to Fox Chapel by only 78-69.
Valinsky is having some fun with the “Twinsanity” and said there is one more good thing with having three sets of twins.
“It’s fewer parents you have to deal with,” he said with a laugh.
Five for doubles
The Lincoln Park boys team is 5-0 and has outscored opponents by an average of 38 points. What really makes the Leopards unusual is they have five players averaging in double figures.
Sophomore guard Maverick Rowan, who already has accepted a scholarship to Pitt, averages 20 points. Senior forward Ryan Skovranko averages 17.4, senior forward Elijah Minnie 13.8, junior guard Antonio Kellen 12.8 and freshman guard Nelly Cummings 11.8.
The New Castle boys basketball team has won 52 regular-season games in a row. The Red Hurricanes’ previous regular-season loss was to Blackhawk in 2011.
Will New Castle’s regular-season winning streak make it through the weekend? There is a chance New Castle will play Lincoln Park Saturday night in the C.J. Betters RBA Holiday Classic.
The Betters Classic, played today and Saturday at the Beaver Dome on the campus of Community College of Beaver Country, looks like the best holiday tournament in the WPIAL area. Today’s matchups are Mars vs. Beaver Falls, Central Valley vs. Aliquippa, New Castle vs. Blackhawk and Lincoln Park vs. Steelton-Highspire. If New Castle and Lincoln Park win, they meet at 8:30 Saturday.
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• The Trinity girls haven’t finished above .500 since the 2005-06 season, but the Hillers are off to a 7-0 start this season. And the team is making waves with a youth movement.
Of the 15 players on Trinity’s roster, 10 are freshmen and sophomores. Freshmen Sierra Kotchman and Abbey O’Connor, and sophomore Mary Dunn have all played roles in Trinity’s success so far.
• Matt McConnell, standout junior guard at Chartiers Valley, will miss a few weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 19.
• The Vincentian boys have scored 82 points or more in all seven games and 90 or more five times. The Royals are averaging 91 points a game.