Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Big Macs earn critical win over Moon; Frazier spoils the Mikes' undefeated season


Canon-McMillan’s 52-43 win over Moon was an important one for the Big Macs.  The victory elevates head coach Rick Bell’s squad into the WPIAL playoff picture in Class AAAA as the third place team in Section 4.
The Big Macs (3-1, 7-4) defeated the Tigers in the same fashion they have competed with opponents all season – with clutch scoring from Alex Hammers, Costa Karanikos and Sam Bohn.
Hammers had 12 points for Canon-McMillan in the 52-43 victory, while Karanikos and Bohn each added 10 points for the Big Macs’ fourth straight win.  Canon-McMillan held a 33-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter and pulled away in the final eight minutes with a 19-point outburst.
The win came at a great time for the Big Macs.  They have three-straight road games looming on the schedule with trips to Mt. Lebanon (2-2, 3-7) on Jan. 10, Baldwin (2-3, 3-9)on Jan. 21 and Upper St. Clair (3-0, 8-3) on Jan.24.  Luckily for Canon-McMillan, they have the benefit of facing the Panthers only once this season and with other teams struggling within the section, the Big Macs are certainly in the playoff picture.
·         Frazier pulled as big of an upset you will see in a non-section matchup in early January.  Well, that might be a bit of a stretch, but the Commodores spoiled an undefeated season for Carmichaels on Wednesday night with a 66-52 victory. 
Charles Manack dropped 20 points on the Mikes’ defense, which has allowed a section-best 47.6 points per game.
The Mikes have not slowed down (9-1) during the first ten games of the season; averaging 62.8 points per game with senior Brandon Lawless leading the way.
Despite the loss, the Mikes are loaded with veteran talent.  Mark your calendars for Jan. 14 when Carmichaels will host Monessen (1-0, 6-4) battle for the top spot in Section 3-A.
·         Brownsville defeated Charleroi, 67-51, on Wednesday night to claim first place in Section 5-AA.  The Falcons ( 4-0, 5-4) have started the season quickly behind the play of Ryan and Cole Novotney.  Brownsville’s big win over the Cougars and the intriguing win from Frazier make this section one to watch.

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