Seton La Salle Stages Improbable Comeback, Tops Aliquippa in OT
Updated: Feb 20
Friday night's Seton LaSalle-Aliquippa basketball game was one of several that the Three Rivers Broadcasting team had their eyes on--It did not disappoint in any aspect.
The game started out fast and was very competitive--The young 'Quips ran through their sets efficiently and used several turnovers to land themselves in the drivers seat, up 17-11 after one quarter.
The second quarter went sideways for the Rebels, as Aliquippa's full court press created major problems for Seton. The 'Quips capitalized on the turnovers and exploded for a 25 point quarter, leading 42-21 at the break.
In the third quarter, the 'Quips continued to hold strong to their lead, but midway through the quarter, Seton was able to start chipping away. That chip turned into a sledgehammer by the end of the quarter, as the Rebels cut the lead to 56-51 going to the fourth.
Aliquippa held on for dear life, but the Rebels were not to be denied in their quest for a monumental comeback. On the final shot of regulation, Connor Spratt hit an off balance three to tie the game at 63 and send the dramatic night to overtime.
In the extra period, the teams traded blows--but it was Spratt who once again stepped up to lead the way for the Rebels in the final seconds of the extra period, adding the game winning shot as overtime ran down, giving Seton LaSalle a dramatic 74-72, come from behind, overtime victory.
After the contest, we were able to catch up with Seton LaSalle head coach Mark Walsh to gather some brief postgame thoughts on his team's wild comeback victory.
Spratt led all scorers with 29 and JR Jones added 20 for the Rebels. Donovan Walker led the 'Quips with 27 and Cameron Lindsey added 20.
The Rebels improved to 9-2 on the season, winning their fourth consecutive game. They face another difficult divisional game as they travel to Avonworth on Tuesday. Aliquippa travels to the Capitol District to take on Harrisburg at the MLK Showcase on Sunday.
Other Basketball Notes
Three Rivers Broadcasting also attended the Point Park Women's game on Thursday.
The Lady Pioneers defeated Bryant and Stratton 87-72. PPU was led, as always, by senior guard Michelle Burns. One of PPU's all time greats, Burns poured in 26 points and added 6 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds.
Burns also played 39 minutes and has shouldered the load as the floor general and main scoring threat for PPU.
Sierra Seneta tossed in 17, Taylor Rinn added 16 and Lexi Petit chipped in 11 for the Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Pioneers play Saturday vs Alice Lloyd at CCBC with a 4PM tip time.
Of note, the first basket that Michelle Burns scores will send her across 1,600 career points. Our TRB team also believes it is time to have the discussion at PPU about retiring her number. Burns will go down in PPU lore as one of, if not the best, womens basketball players the school has ever had. She deserves that honor and it should be bestowed at their final home game of the season.
There...We said it at Three Rivers, when nobody else will: Retire Burns number.
On Saturday, TRB will be attending the Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs North Catholic basketball game at The Castle in Oakland. Follow @fydsports and @3rbroadcasting on twitter for updates and check back for a wrap up and also quick hit on the PPU Women.
Our Gym Rat Performance Training rankings will be posted on Sunday along with our anticipated basketball schedule for the week.
Image Credit for Michelle Burns: Point Park University