Oh My Josh! Wash High Wins Title on Forward Josh Wise’s 3-Pointer with 2 Seconds Remaining.
The Washington High School Prexies pulled off a stunning, last second victory to beat the defending champ Big Macs of Canon-McMillan, 46-43, and claim the third annual EQT Energy Classic Men’s Championship.
Forward Josh Wise hit a three-pointer with just two seconds remaining in regulation to give the Prexies the title—in a game that saw multiple lead changes throughout. Each team came out flat in the first, missing a ton of shots…a trend that continued in the second quarter and was reflected in the 16-13 halftime score, Washington leading.
Things picked up dramatically in the third with the Big Macs flexing some scoring muscle, 17 points in the quarter, but the Prexies managed to stay with them and led 32-30 going into the final frame.
The two teams traded buckets repeatedly until the final minute and a half when Canon-Mac went up by 5, only to have the Prexies tie it heading into the final 10 seconds.
After a time out to set the play, the Prexies in bounded to Wise who, despite being draped by a defender, “swished” the winning hoop. Wise finished with 16 points and teammate Billy Edwards had 18.
Senior Brett Haney had a game-high 20 points for the Big Macs.
Lady Macs Win Women’s Title
In the women’s bracket, the Canon-McMillan Lady Macs defeated Trinity, 43-28, to capture the bracket’s Red Division title. Balanced scoring from Danielle Parker, 14 points, Brittany Hutchinson (12), Olivia Larusso (10) and stingy defense allowed the Lady Macs to pull away in the second half.
Despite netting just two points in the first quarter, Trinity managed to trail by only seven at the half. But Canon-Mac, playing on its home floor, never relinquished the lead in route to an easy win. Both squads posted two players to the Women’s All Tournament Team: Rachel Phillis and Kelsey O’Connor for the Hillers; Larusso and Hutchinson for the Lady Macs.
Larusso and Pikeville’s Rachel Potter also took home tourney MVP honors.
Kentucky’s Pikeville Panthers took third place overall as they beat the Blue Devils 69-58 in game marred by 38 fouls called collectively on both teams.
Pikeville’s Jacob Hamilton led all scorers with 27 points. Ryan Glover and Tylar Linke each had 15 for Burgettstown.
The Panthers Ethan Rowe and Ray Kasongo, along with Burgettstown’s Glover, were named to the Men’s All Tournament Team.
Christian Koroly fired in a game high 24 points to push the Trinity Hillers past the Bobcats 66-40.
Eric Helm had 11 to lead Blairsville. Koroly and the Bobcats Troy Williams were named to the Men’s All Tournament Team.
The Raiders scored 43 points in the second half to blow past the Trojans 65-54.
Saltsburg led by nine at the half, but could muster only five points in the third quarter against the Raiders 16 and were never able to catch up.
Waynesburg’s Adam Fox and Saltsburg’s Steve Richards each had 17 points for their respective teams.
Fox and the Trojans Mitchell Yard were named to the Men’s All Tournament Team.
Alyssa Wise scored 10 points for the Lady Prexies in their win over Saltsburg 32-22. Abby Peace led the Trojans with 11. Her teammate Lisa Prenni and Wash High’s India March made the Women’s All-Tournament Team.
Note: rounding out the Women’s All-Tournament Team were Blairsville’s Mackenzie Livingston, Linsly’s Miriam Nwachukwu, Pikeville’s Rachel Potter and Amber Sexton, and Upper St. Clair’s Jordan Serio and Rachel Mazzie.
On the Men’s side: the team also includes Canon-McMillan’s Sam Bohn and DJ Johnson, Washington’s Josh Wise and Billy Edwards.
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