WPIAL boys: Butler wins a thriller
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The Nate Snodgrass magic continues.
Snodgrass, a senior point guard at Butler, had another terrific performance in leading the Golden Tornado to a 63-61 overtime victory against North Allegheny in a thrilling WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal Saturday at Ambridge.
Snodgrass finished with 34 points after scoring only two in the first half. He made a 3-pointer just before the buzzer in regulation to tie the score, 61-61. North Allegheny (17-6) won the overtime tip and missed a shot. Butler (13-11) then held the ball until Snodgrass made a 15-foot jump shot with two seconds left to give Butler the win.
Snodgrass had 33 points in a first-round victory against No. 2 seed Chartiers Valley.
"It's crazy the run he's on," Butler coach Matt Clement said. "The shot he made at the end of regulation, I don't even know how he made it."
Cody West added 26 points for Butler and tied a Class AAAA playoff record with eight 3-pointers.
• Gateway 60, Seneca Valley 57: The defending champion Gators (18-6), who are the No. 11 seed, moved a step closer to reaching their third consecutive final by edging the No. 14 seed Raiders (14-10) in overtime at North Hills. Gateway's Barnett Harris scored 19 points. The Gators played without Tyler Scott, who missed the game for undisclosed reasons. Alex Maxfield paced the Raiders with 15 points.
• Central Catholic 55, Peters Township 47: Lincoln Davis scored 24 points and the No. 12 seed Vikings (14-10) rallied after trailing by five points at the half to edge the No. 13 Indians (12-12) at Canon-McMillan. Gabe Pritz scored all 22 of his points in the first half for the Indians. Pritz, who in his team's first-round win took a punch to the ear that required 11 stitches, left the game in the third quarter when he re-injured the wound. He did not return.
• Monessen 56, Shady Side Academy 38: The top-seeded Greyhounds (22-2) led by 13 points at the half and went on to defeat the Indians (18-6) at California University. Earl Pinkney and Jaisen Irwin scored 18 points apiece for the defending champion Greyhounds, who move on to the semifinals for the third time in four years. Jake Ellis finished with 10 points for Shady Side.
• Beaver Falls 63, Jeannette 45: Sheldon Jeter had 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 2 seed Tigers (22-2) defeat the Jayhawks (16-8) at North Allegheny. The Jayhawks trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before cutting the deficit to 38-36 early in the fourth quarter. However, the Tigers ended the game on a 25-9 run. The top-scoring defense in Class AA limited the Jayhawks to 28 percent shooting (15 of 52). Demetrious Cox paced the Jayhawks with 12 points.
• Sto-Rox 56, Quaker Valley 55: Makil Allen's layup with 25 seconds left enabled No. 3 seed Sto-Rox (22-2) to slip past No. 6 seed Quaker Valley (20-4) at Ambridge. The Quakers misfired on three shots after Allen's basket. It marked the second year in a row the Vikings eliminated the Quakers in the quarterfinals. J.J. Short scored 16 points for the Vikings, who played without leading scorer Dontez Ford. Steven Emch led the Quakers with 17 points.
• Greensburg Central Catholic 62, Northgate 46: Zach Herman scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half to vault the No. 5 seed Centurions (19-5) to the win against the Flames (14-11) at North Hills. The Centurions, runners-up a season ago, have won 15 of their past 16 games. Greensburg Central made 21 of 34 free throws. Jon Girvin led the Flames with 28 points. The Flames trailed by eight points after three quarters.
First Published February 26, 2012 12:07 am