Arnes Bajora made two free throws with four-tenths of a second remaining to give visiting Baldwin a 42-41 victory over host Peters Township Tuesday night and scramble the race for fourth place and the final playoff berth out of Section 4-AAAA.
The loss by Peters Township (5-8, 8-12), combined with loses by Canon-McMillan and Moon, leaves the teams in a three-way tie for fourth place, each with one league game remaining. Baldwin (4-9, 8-13) is one game back and tied with Trinity.
Peters Township’s Gabe Pritz scored his 1,000th career point in the game, and it appeared he might’ve had the game-winner, too, as he gave the Indians a 41-40 advantage by reaching 1,002. Baldwin then missed then potential game-winning shot but after a scramble for the rebound was able to grab a loose ball.
Bajora then took a pass and was fouled with less than one second to play. Bajora, who scored a game-high 26 points, made both free throws to give Baldwin the 42-41 lead.
PT missed a desperation shot at the buzzer following a long inbounds pass.
Pritz finished with 16 points, and Dakota Norton had 11 for the Indians.
Mt. Lebanon 49, Canon-McMillan 46: Justin David made a three-pointer from the left wing with two seconds remaining to give Mt. Lebanon a 49-46 victory over visiting Canon-McMillan in a key Section 4-AAAA game.
Mt. Lebanon (7-6, 10-11) made only 15 field goals, but the Blue Devils converted on 11 of 14 free throws. Canon-McMillan (5-8, 10-11) had two more field goals than Mt. Lebanon, but the Big Macs went to the free-throw line only four times, making all of them.
David’s game-winner gave him a team-high 11 points. Eddie Jenkins followed with 10.
Canon-Mac, which led 22-18 at halftime, was paced by Brett Haney’s game-high 20 points.
Seton-La Salle 58, Burgettstown 45: Seton-La Salle remained undefeated in Section 4-AA but not before having to fight off upset-minded Burgettstown 58-45 on the Blue Devils’ home court.
Levi Masua scored 14 points, and Dale Clancy and Malik White had 10 each, as section champion Seton-La Salle (11-0, 19-2) won its 10th in a row. It wasn’t easy, however, as the Rebels led by only 39-34 after three quarters.
Burgettstown (5-6, 10-11) had cut a nine-point SL lead at halftime to just one at 32-31 in the third quarter but that was as close as the Blue Devils could get.
Seton-La Salle secured the win by scoring 10 of its 19 fourth-quarter points from the free-throw line.
Josh Mack led Burgettstown with 13 points.
Brownsville 87, Bentworth 63: Christian Floyd led four Brownsville players in double figures with 18 points and the visiting Falcons pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 87-63 victory over Bentworth in Section 5-AA.
Brownsville (10-3, 15-5) led 63-52 after four quarters, then outscored the Bearcats 24-11 over the final eight minutes.
Josh Mapstone scored 14 points, and Mike Murdock and Cole Novotney each had 12 for Brownsville, which made 40 field goals.
Chris Blackburn and Cody Levine each had big games for Bentworth (4-8, 7-12) with 22 points each. Zach Robker had 11 points.
Charleroi 72, Jefferson-Morgan 59: Jim Diaz and Matt Indorante each scored seven points during the pivotal fourth quarter and Charleroi rallied for a 72-59 victory over host Jefferson-Morgan in Section 5-AA.
Charleroi (11-2, 13-6) trailed 53-49 after three quarters, but outscored the Rockets 23-6 in the final eight minutes.
Diaz finished with 19 point to lead Charleroi. Indorante had 17 points, Eric Johnson finished with 12 and Dakota Moorer had 11.
Rece Henneman scored 21 points for J-M (4-8, 9-11), which is still battling for a playoff berth. Travis Taylor had 14 points.
Carmichaels 69, Monessen 60: Brandon Lawless had 25 points as Carmichaels upended Monessen, 69-60, in a battle of playoff teams in Section 3-A.
Ty Cole added 11 points and Josh Mundell had 10 for the Mikes (6-3, 16-4), who outscored the Greyhounds (5-2, 7-11), 33-20 in the second and third quarters.
Clintell Gillaspie led Monessen with 22 points, and Justice Rawlins and Luke Doptis had 10 each.
Monessen was 7 of 8 attempts from the free-throw line, while Carmichaels was 21 of 36.
Avella 66, Mapletown 56: Brandon Miller had 27 points and Avella outscored Mapletown 18-8 in the final quarter to earn its first Section 3-A victory, 66-56, over vsiiting Mapletown.
Walt Kopko and Drew Keenan had 18 and 12 points, respectively, for the Eagles (1-8, 3-16).
Dereck Riggleman had 20 points, while Kevin Ridgley added 14 and Eric Atwood 11, for Mapletown (3-5, 5-13).
California 83, Beth-Center 44: Brian Fisher’s 24 points helped California top Beth-Center, 83-44, in a Section 5-AA game.
Tanner Huffman added 16 points, while Jarid Marinos had 12 for the Trojans (13-0, 18-2), whoe led 40-18 at the half.
Dean Holt and Cody Durant had 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs (5-7, 9-10).
Brentwood 58, Chartiers-Houston 47: Brentwood finished the game on an 18-6 run to erase a 41-40 Chartiers-Houston lead with four minutes remaining, as the Spartans clinched a playoff spot in Section 4-AA with a 58-47 win over the Bucs.
Jason Pilarski had 10 of the 18 points en route to a 20-point effort for Brentwood (6-6, 11-9), which knocked Burgettstown out of playoff contention with the victory based on a season sweep of the Blue Devils.
Dylan Pounds had 13 points for the Bucs (2-9, 6-14).
Keystone Oaks 78, McGuffey 66: Corey Sevacko’s 23 points paced Keystone Oaks to a 78-66 Section 5-AAA win over McGuffey.
Taylor Lehman (14), Jared Skolnicki (13), Kobe Phillippi (12) and Brayden Griffith (11) also reached double digits for Keystone Oaks (5-6, 9-11).
Darryl Briggs had 21 points, Taylor Pasquariello 16 and Brennan Crimm 14 for the Highlanders (1-10, 8-13).
Jefferson-Morgan 49, Carmichaels 42: Freshman guard Kayla Yorko scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and Jefferson-Morgan knocked visiting Carmichaels out of a tie for first place in Section 3-A by upsetting the Mikes 49-42.
Jefferson-Morgan (4-5, 8-12) clinched a playoff berth with the victory, and dropped Carmichaels (7-2, 17-3) a game behind first-place Avella (8-1, 12-8) in the section standings. Avella can win the section title outright with a win Thursday at California.
J-M outscored Carmichaels 16-7 in the second quarter to take a 21-13 lead, then stretched the advantage to 38-25 after three quarters. Nicki Venick made three key free throws in the final two minutes to keep J-M in the lead.
Katie Shaffer scored 10 points for the Rockets.
Amanda Brown scored 17 points and Mallory Stajnrajh had 10 for Carmichaels, which had won six in a row.
Chartiers-Houston 52, Brentwood 30: Ashley and Amanda Balzer combined for 36 points and 21 rebounds as Chartiers-Houston clinched a WPIAL Class AA playoff berth with a 52-30 victory over visiting Brentwood in Section 4-AA.
Ashley Balzer scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Amanda Balzer had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Bucs, who improved to 5-6 in the section and 12-8 overall. C-H held Brentwood (2-10, 8-13) to 13 first-half points as the Bucs built a 15-point halftime lead.
C-H is currently in fourth place and the final playoff position with one section game remaining – Thursday at fifth-place Fort Cherry. The Rangers must win that game to tie for fourth place and qualify for the postseason.
Elizabeth Forward 48, Ringgold 47, OT: Ringgold missed shots at the end of regulation and overtime, dropping a 48-47 overtime game to Section 4-AAA leader Elizabeth Forward, 48-47.
Allison Pastore had 16 points for the Warriors (11-0, 19-1) in a game that was tight throughout.
Josie Schmidt had 13 points, while Bailey Cooper and Cara Foster had 12 each for the playoff-bound Rams (6-6, 9-10).
Charleroi 51, Bentworth 32: Mia Woytovitch had 16 points to lead Charleroi past Bentworth, 51-32, in a Section 5-AA game.
Rachel Ritzer added 12 points, while Corrina Gottheld had 10, for Charleroi (10-2, 15-6).
Reilly Skerbetz had 14 points for Bentworth (3-8, 7-13).
Belle Vernon 63, Brownsville 27: Jessica Slagus (17 points), Phaedra Dewitt (17) and Kaitlyn Slagas (11) reached double digits as Belle Vernon knocked off Brownsville, 63-27, in a Section 4-AAA game.
Belle Vernon improves to 8-2, 14-4, while Brownsville falls to 1-9, 6-13.