PITTSBURGH — On Thursday night at the Petersen Events Center, Adou Thiero and Marcus Frank led Quaker Valley to a 61-52 victory to take home the WPIAL class 4A title for the first time since 1997.
After a lackluster first half from both teams, Montour took a 20-19 lead into halftime, and at that point, Quaker Valley’s star guards, Thiero and Franks, had combined to score just 14 points.
However, in the second half, the two seniors locked in when it mattered most.
Both Thiero and Franks dazzled in the latter frame, attacking the rim with force and finishing creatively over and around the Montour defense. The two of them traded buckets with Montour’s Vason Stevenson, who did all he could in the half and finished with 23. However, Quaker Valley’s duo shined brighter and came out on top.
“The first half was kind of rough especially for me, but I couldn’t let the team down,” Franks said after the game. “I knew I had to flip something to turn the game around and that’s exactly what happened.”
“Our trainer, Derek, he told me ‘What happens when you miss a shot twice?'” Thiero said. “I say, I am not going to miss the next one. So that was just my mindset the whole time, just keep on shooting because I know what I am capable of doing, so I know it is going to go in, and that is exactly what happened in the second half.”
In the second half alone, Thiero went 7 of 13 from the field, scored 22 points, grabbed ten rebounds, and drew eight fouls. Combined with his first-half numbers, he finished with a remarkable 31 points, 17 rebounds, seven blocks, and 14 drawn fouls.
“He’s a tough dude,” Quaker Valley head coach Michael Mastroianni said about Thiero. “You people see all of the stuff he does with the ball, but underneath, his drive is like a fire. Marcus knows, because they’re guys. But his drive and fire probably outweigh his skill set, which is saying a lot because his skill set is extremely high. but his drive and his will is off the charts for a high school guy.”
Thiero also hit all six of his free-throw attempts in the final 1:12 of the game to seal the victory for the Quakers.
Quaker Valley wins the 4A WPIAL Title. Adou Thiero was spectacular in the second half, scoring 22 in the frame and hitting all 6 of his FTs in the last 1:12 to seal the win. pic.twitter.com/Vax6G7aZnk
— George Michalowski (@MichalowskiCBB) March 4, 2022
Frank, who scored just five points in the first frame, added 18 in the second half to finish with 23. He hit seven of his ten shot attempts in the second, and also went 4 for 5 from the free-throw line.
For Montour, Stevenson led the way with 23 points, while Dante Deltondo followed with eight points of his own on 2-for-8 shooting.
The Spartans 21 of their 55 shots and scored 30 points in the paint in the effort.