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Aliquippa Demolishes Greensburg Central Catholic for WPIAL 2A Boys’ Basketball Title



Aliquippa WPIAL Basketball Title

PITTSBURGH — Aliquippa dominated Greensburg Central Catholic throughout the WPIAL 2A boys’ basketball Championship for a 69-32 victory Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center.

This is the Quips’ (21-5) 14th WPIAL Title, tying them with New Castle for the most WPIAL boys’ basketball titles. This makes it back-to-back titles for the Quips as well, as they defeated Northgate 52-40 last season. This is the first-time the Quips have won back-to-back WPIAL titles since 2015-16, and they have done it three more times in 2006-07, 2003-04 and 1986-87 when they played in class 3A.

“We just have an innate ability to compete,” Aliquippa head coach Nick Lackovich said on his team’s success. “Our compete level was high. If this was a checkers game, we still would come out and expect to win. That’s probably the single biggest thing was our compete level was really high.”

The Quips opened up the game on an 11-0 run and led 16-3 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to four different players making 3-pointers.

Sophomore guard Josh Pratt excelled for Aliquippa throughout the entire game, but dominated in the second quarter. He scored 13 of the 16 points for his team in that period, on three 3-pointers and two layups, expanding Aliquippa’s lead to 32-12 at halftime.

He added 13 more points in the third quarter, putting the Quips up 55-19 at the end of the period.

Pratt scored 33 points and shot 13-for-20 from the field, 65%, and an outstanding 7-for-9 from behind the arc, 77.8%. He was one of only two players on the Quips to score in double figures with senior guard Quentin Goode putting up 11 points.

“Like Nick [Lackovich] said yesterday, I told him I was going to be locked in for this game,” Pratt said on his performance. “I just want to thank God because without him, I wouldn’t be able to do none of this. I was just locked in the whole game. The game plan was working and I was cooking.”

The Centurions stood no chance against the more athletic, talented and better players on the Quips. They turned the ball over 16 times to the Quips five times, which led to the Quips outscoring them on points off turnovers, 16-6.

With Pratt’s performance, Aliquippa shot 12-for-15 from behind the arc, 80%, compared to Greensburg Central Catholic, who made just one of their 10 attempts.

The Quips also outshot the Centurions 58.3% to 35.3% from the field, using great defensive pressure to force bad shots all game long.

Aliquippa makes it consecutive years they have won both boys’ basketball and football titles, defeating McKeesport in 2023 and Central Valley in 2022 in WPIAL class 4A football.

Senior forward and Pitt football commit Cameron Lindsey has won three football titles at Acrisure and two basketball titles at the Petersen Events Center, both facilities where Pitt plays sports. While Lindsey loves to win at his future home for the next few years, he’ll win wherever he needs for his beloved Aliquippa, as his high school sports career comes to a close by the summer.

“That’s just something that we want to do every year with any team, football or basketball,” Lindsey said. “It’s always ‘championship or bust’ with us and that’s just what we do every single year.”

Both teams move onto the PIAA playoffs with the First Round taking place Saturday, March 9. Aliquippa will face off against District nine third place finalist Otto-Eldred from Center, near the Pennsylvania/New York border, while Greensburg Central Catholic takes on District Five runner-up Southern Fulton from Warfordsburg, near the Pennsylvania/Maryland border.

Aliquippa/Greensburg Central Catholic Press Conference

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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