CALIFORNIA – Norman Taylor scored 17 points and Perry Traditional Academy held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Washington to beat the Prexies, 63-59, Sunday afternoon in the Martin Luther King Classic at the California University Convocation Center.
Washington (12-4) almost erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter, pulling to within two points in the final minute.
Trailing 51-36 after three quarters, Washington turned to its full-court press and it gave Perry problems. The Prexies pulled to within 61-59 and had possession of the basketball with a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds. A shot by Dupree Jenkins, however, rimmed out and Perry gathered in the rebound. Wash High had to foul and Perry converted two free throws to seal the victory.
“We forced some turnovers with the press,” Wash High coach Mark Gaither said. “Our guys played hard. They never quit.”
Kevin Griffin scored 13 points and Devin Lyles had 11 for Perry (5-9), which made three fewer field goals than Wash High but converted 18 of 26 free throws. The Prexies were 12-for-21 at the free-throw line.
Wash High’s DeQuay Isbell shared game scoring honors with Taylor by tossing in 17 points. Quorteze Levy followed with 15 points and Jenkins had 11.
Uniontown 57, South Fayette 44: Joseph Campbell and Jordan Pratt combined for 37 points, and Uniontown pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 57-44 victory over South Fayette in the opening game of the MLK Classic at California University.
Uniontown (14-1) led 28-27 at halftime and 37-34 entering the fourth quarter. But the Red Raiders outscored South Fayette 230-10 over the final eight minutes.
Campbell scored a game-high 19 points and Pratt followed with 18.
Justin Watson, with 14 points, was the only player to score in double figures for South Fayette (8-5). The Lions shot only 31 percent from the field and made three of 17 three-pointers. Watson grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists.
Monessen 57, California 50: Clintell Gillaspie scored 17 points and Monessen held off California 57-50 at the MLK Classic.
Monessen (10-4) overcame being held to three points in the third quarter by outscoring Cal (5-9) 21-15 over the final eight minutes.
Justice Rawlins had eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Greyhounds. Justice Rice scored 12 points and Tyler Yuille had 15 rebounds.
California was led by Demetri Clements’ game-high 22 points.
South Allegheny 65, Charleroi 31: South Allegheny defeated Charleroi 65-31 at the MLK Classic in California. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by Charleroi (8-5). South Allegheny improved to 12-4.