Friday, January 11, 2013

Pregame: Montour (3-1, 8-2) at South Fayette (4-0, 8-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last game: Montour beat South Park, 69-49, on Tuesday behind 17 points from Rob Julian and 13 from Devin Wilson. Kevin Sciulli and Justin Hill added 12 each.

South Fayette crushed McGuffey, 73-43, on Tuesday, getting 32 points and six 3-pointers from Evan Bonnaure. Zach Challingsworth added 14 points.

Up next: Montour has New Castle tomorrow in the Coaches vs. Cancer Clash of the Titans at Geneva College. South Fayette has Chartiers Valley (4-0, 9-1) on Tuesday.

What to watch: Wilson is very likely the Spartans' best player and averages close to 20 points per game. At 6-3, he's also their tallest.

The Spartans, who won a WPIAL Class AAA title in 2010-11, are undergoing a style change of sorts, trading their methodical ways of old for a more uptempo style.

Look for this Montour team to run more than those in years past; not surprisingly, the Spartans are averaging 69.7 points per game, nearly 10 more than last season.

Bonnaure is having a breakout year for the Lions, averaging 21.3 points per contest while also putting up 3.1 assists and 3.1 steals.

C.J. Rudisill has likewise taken on a larger role and is contributing 12 points and 6.9 rebounds per night.

Last year's leading scorer, Zach Challingsworth, has worked his way back into the lineup after missing the first few games of this season after what was feared to be a sports hernia.

Last year: South Fayette (16-7) was upset in the first round of the playoffs by Beaver ... Montour (24-5) reached the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA semifinals.

Coaches: South Fayette is coached by Rich Bonnaure; Montour is led by Adam Kaufman.

Analysis: Not only is this a battle for first place in Section 5-AAA, but it's also a rematch of the 2011 WPIAL Class AAA championship game, which Montour won, 45-34 -- a huge upset at the time.

In past years, I'd definitely take the under in this one, and this year's game may be low-scoring, too ... in which case it would favor South Fayette. Whatever pace you see, that's probably who'll be winning.

South Fayette can't get too enamored with Wilson and must worry about containing Julian, Sciulli and Hill, all capable scorers.

Meanwhile, much attention will be paid to Bonnaure. He's earned it. The Lions will need a big night from Rudisill and/or Challingsworth. Likely both.

Could this be the first sighting of the Zach Challingsworth we saw last season? Only one way to find out, right?

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