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Quaker Valley’s Stars Shine In Advancing To The WPIAL 4A Section Title Game



Quaker Valley’s dynamic duo of seniors Markus Frank and Adou Thiero led the Quakers to a 74-63 victory over the Lincoln Park Leopards on Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals at the UPMC Events Arena on the campus of Robert Morris University. 

This was the best-case scenario for the still undefeated Quakers who did not know the status of Thiero who fractured the growing bone in his right thumb in Wednesday’s 66-34 quarterfinal victory over Deer Lakes until right before the game. He said “If it wasn’t feeling good this morning I wouldn’t have come in and played.” after a game scored 25 points, rebounds, and 10 assists for a triple-double for the Quakers. Thiero also added four blocks.

Frank led all scorers with 27 points. this was despite him not scoring a point in the first quarter and having seven points at halftime. In the second half, however, he was a force of nature using his slashing and driving ability to get his team the momentum when the Leopards cut the lead to one late in the quarter to the point that he was getting fouled almost every single time he touched the ball but he took it in stride after the game.

Frank said after the game that “you got to roll with the punches, you can’t control what the refs do and you have to go out and play your game and hope that he calls go your way. There were quite a few missed foul calls when Quaker Valley players were getting fouled driving to the basket and there wasn’t a call. Quaker valley head coach Mike Mastroianni is used to his greatness stating that “Markus has spoiled us in terms of playing a high level as he shoots 70 percent from the field and his demeanor is really, really good”.

Brandin Cummings and DeAndre Moye both led Lincoln Park in scoring with 17 points apiece. The Leopards tried to claw back into the game getting the deficit down to one at 31-30 with a three by Moye. After Quaker Valley called a timeout and made their adjustments, the dynamic duo of Quaker Valley took over the game and never looked back.

Saturday’s win was coach Mastroianni’s 550h career win at Quaker Valley and he will be looking for his and the school’s first WPIAL section title on Thursday night at the Peterson Events Center against the Montour High School Spartans at 9 p.m.

Twitter: @bwalkerdadon

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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