WPIAL Class AAAA boys basketball has turned in the wild, wild west — shootouts everywhere.
Seven teams are averaging 70 or more points per game, five of them coming from Section 3-AAAA alone:
Check it out:
North Allegheny 81.0
New Castle 80.6
Seneca Valley 74.5
Fox Chapel 73.4
North Hills 70.0
“That’s what the game’s evolving to,” Seneca Valley coach Victor Giannotta told me Monday. “It’s what you have to do. Just keep up with the Joneses, so to speak.”
There are a few Joneses in Class AAA, AA and A, too.
Class AAA: Uniontown 76.5, Thomas Jefferson 72.8, Chartiers Valley 71.6, Steel Valley 70.2.
Class AA: Neshannock 78.6, Quaker Valley 75.4, Beaver Falls 74.8, GCC 73.0; Avonworth 71.2.
Class A: Vincentian 91.5, Lincoln Park 84.5, Western Beaver 78.8.
Giannotta makes a good point. Playing fast is obviously a way to compensate for a lack of size and can often serve as a neutralizer.
It’s also fun to watch as a fan … though terrible for a reporter on deadline.
I know this: I’m bringing two pens when I go to cover any of these teams.
— Jason Mackey