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Carmichaels’ Lawless has banner night


Carmichaels senior Brandon Lawless never enjoyed a night like this.

So far this basketball season, nobody else in the WPIAL has either.

Lawless scored 48 points during an 80-43 win over Bentworth in a nonsection game Monday night, raising his average past the 30 mark for the season.

“Everything I shot went in,” Lawless said.

When did he sense something special might be going on?

“In pregame I was hitting a lot,” added Lawless, who scored 17 points in the second quarter alone. “At first it was slow, then I got a feel for it after the first couple shots. It just went from there.”

Lawless, who averaged 21 points per game last season, knocked down eight 3-pointers — meaning half of his points came from long range.

Class A No. 5 Carmichaels (4-0) will likely battle Monessen for the Section 3-A crown. Both finished 7-3 in league play last season behind Clairton (10-0), which was hit hard by graduation. Lawless is part of a seven-member senior class.

“Me and my teammates have been playing together since seventh grade,” Lawless said. “We’ve always played basketball growing up. We’re all seniors this year, so we have a great chemistry.”

Vincentian’s Ryan Wolf scored 46 points during a 92-66 win over Northgate on Dec. 10. If we’re missing someone — likely because it wasn’t reported to us — shoot me an e-mail at

—Jason Mackey

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