Randall, Nicholson help Gateway rally for win against McKeesport


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Down by 14 to start the fourth quarter, Gateway turned to Delvon Randall and Montae Nicholson to bring the Gators back.

And the duo delivered.

Randall and Nicholson combined for 25 of the team's 29 fourth-quarter points as Class AAAA No. 5 Gateway (10-4, 6-1) rallied for a 64-59 victory against visiting McKeesport (5-8, 2-5) in Section 2.

The Gators got to the line 17 times in the fourth quarter and converted on 14 free-throw attempts.

Randall finished with a game-high 21 points; Nicholson had 20.

Jordon Payne led the Tigers with 15 points.

Other top boys games

■ Plum (12-1, 6-1) got 19 points from Nick Stotler in a 53-51 win against host Franklin Regional (8-5, 4-3) in Class AAAA Section 2.

■ Kason Harrell had 22 points, including two late free throws to give Class AAAA No. 4 Hempfield (11-1, 6-0) the lead for good in a 37-35 victory against host Latrobe (7-5, 3-2) in Section 1.

■ Matty McConnell had 20 points as Class AAA No. 1 Chartiers Valley (11-1, 6-0) defeated host South Fayette (7-3, 4-2), 52-43, in Section 5.

■ Mars (7-5, 4-1) got 10 points apiece from John Castello and Ethan Lewis in a 40-38 home win against Class AAA No. 5 Knoch (11-2, 5-1) in Section 1.

■ Cameron Johnson scored 27 points to help Class A No. 4 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (9-4, 3-1) notch a road win against No. 3 Western Beaver (11-2, 3-1), 74-65, in Section 1.

■ City League No. 1 Obama Academy (12-0, 3-0) got 28 points from D.J. Porter and held off host No. 2 Allderdice (8-2, 2-1), 68-65.

Star of the night

■ Isaiah Pete of Wilkinsburg (6-6, 3-1) scored 45 points, but the Tigers lost to host St. Joseph (5-8, 2-1), 87-79, in Class A Section 4.


■ Elijah Cottrill of Class AA No. 2 Beaver Falls (10-3, 6-1) scored 9 points in a 75-54 Section 2 win against visiting Aliquippa (7-5, 5-2), hitting the 1,000-point mark for his career.

■ Brandon Lawless of Carmichaels (10-2, 2-1) scored 17 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark in a 78-55 loss to Class A No. 5 Monessen (8-4, 3-0) in Section 3.

Boys hot shots

■ Players with six or more 3-pointers: Josh Zidek, Albert Gallatin, 10; Dasonte White, Summit Academy, 9; Tyler Engle, Blackhawk, 7; Ryan Burek, North Hills, 6; Billy Urso, Fox Chapel, 6.

Top girls game

■ After losing in the WPIAL final and PIAA semifinals to Bishop Canevin last season, Class AA No. 1 Seton-LaSalle (10-3, 5-0) beat the No. 4 Crusaders (11-4, 4-1), 41-24, in Section 4 behind 15 points from Yacine Diop.

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