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Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School def. Wheeling Catholic Central High School, 73-34

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 6, 2012 -- The opening game of the 5th Annual Cancer Research Classic saw Pittsburgh Central Catholic, making its first appearance at the CRC, throttle local favorite Wheeling Central Catholic, 75-34.

The Vikings (6-5) wasted little time jumping on the Maroon Knights racing out to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter using both full court and half court pressure to force turnovers along with some precise long-range shooting.

6-2 senior Lincoln Davis sparked PCC in the opening quarter with a transition two-handed jam, which opened the flood gates. Davis scored nine points in the opening quarter and the Vikings knocked down five treys.

Wheeling Central Catholic (1-6) scored the first bucket of the second quarter to close within 12 points, but that was as close as the contest would get. PCC ended the quarter on an 18-6 run to extend its lead at half time to 42-18. Davis had 13 points by half and 6-6 Claude Scott Jr. netted eight counters.

The Vikings would extend the lead even further in the third period despite limited minutes from the first unit. PCC out scored the Maroon Knights 16-8 in the period and held a 58-26 advantage heading into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was mainly played by the reserves for both squads.

Davis led the Vikings with a game-high 16 points earning MVP honors despite shooting just 6-of-15 from the floor. Scott Jr. tallied 15 on 7-of-10 shooting, but zero shots were outside of two feet from the cup. The lanky Scott Jr. shared team-high honors for rebounds with six along with Sam Calhoun and Pat Drake.

Junior David Urso had a nice showing as well with 10 points, five steals, four assists, and three rebounds. Guard Mike Anselmo also dished out five assists.

Hard-working Jordan Hartman led Wheeling CC with eight points and four rebounds. Brandon Wallace added a game-high seven boards in defeat.

Wheeling CC turned the ball over 25 times and shot just 30 percent from the field.