Kiski Area in semifinals for first time since 2002


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The personal scoring duel between Kiski Area's Mike Simmons and Gateway's Delvon Randall ended in a draw, but Kiski Area won the overall battle.

Kiski Area and Gateway went to overtime in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal Saturday before Kiski Area came away with an 82-73 victory at Plum. The win puts Kiski Area into the semifinals for the first time since 2002 when first-year coach Joe Tutchstone was a star guard for the Cavaliers.

This time, Simmons is a star for Kiski Area. A junior guard, he scored 37 points against Gateway. But Gateway senior guard Delvon Randall matched Simmons with 37 points, 24 in the second half. The 37 points were only four away from the WPIAL Class AAAA playoff record.

Simmons scored 18 points in the first half, but Kiski Area trailed, 31-24.

"At halftime, I told our guys that Mike was not going to be able to carry us the whole time. Other guys were going to have to step up," Tutchstone said.

Joe Brungo took heed of Tutchstone's words and scored 17 of his 18 points in the second half. Simmons also did plenty of damage himself as he scored 18 points after halftime. He came into the game averaging 20.5.

More Class AAAA

  • New Castle 73, Bethel Park 46: Malik Hooker scored 20 points in this quarterfinal at North Allegheny and helped New Castle (24-0) win its 10th WPIAL playoff game in a row over the past three seasons. The Red Hurrcianes are trying to win their third WPIAL title in a row with an undefeated record. Bethel Park (18-6) trailed by only 23-14 in the second quarter before New Castle's Bob Natale hit two 3-pointers and Anthony Richards one to put the Red Hurricanes ahead by 18.
  • Hampton 76, Franklin Regional 61: Pitt recruit Ryan Luther made 10 of 12 shots, scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift Hampton (21-3) to the victory at Penn Hills. Franklin Regional (16-7) came back from an early 12-point deficit to slice the hole to 16-13. But Hampton finished the half strong and took a 32-22 lead at the break.

Class AA

  • Aliquippa 82, Avonworth 71: Aliquippa (18-5) trailed by eight points after the third quarter, but blitzed Avonworth and outscored the Antelopes, 37-18, in the fourth to pull out the win at North Allegheny and keep Avonworth (17-6) from making the semifinals for the first time since 1993. Jassir Jordan had 23 points and Darrien Fields 19 for Aliquippa and each made three 3-pointers.
  • Beaver Falls 67, Neshannock 51: The third time was the charm for Beaver Falls (18-6) as the Tigers avenged two losses to Neshannock (18-6) this season with the win at Ambridge. Javon Turner led Beaver Falls with 19 points while Keyan Gibson added 16 with four 3-pointers.
  • Seton-LaSalle 76, Summit Academy 56: No. 1 seed Seton-LaSalle (23-1) jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and rolled to the victory at Plum. Dale Clancy scored 18 points and Malik White 17 to lead five Seton-LaSalle players in double figures.
  • Greensburg Central Catholic 61, Quaker Valley 30: Billy Hipp poured in 31 points to lead No. 2 Greensburg Central (21-2) into the semifinals against No. 7 Quaker Valley at Peters Township.

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