What to Watch for in WPIAL Sports Jan. 10, 2023: Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon is fighting for first place in the section


Monday, January 9, 2023 | 19:29

The latest chapter in one of the best rivalries in WPIAL boys basketball will be written Tuesday when Upper St.

A year ago, each team won on its home floor during the regular season before meeting in the 6A quarterfinals. The Blue Devils prevailed, defeating the Panthers in a typically tight game between these programs, 58-53.

The split decision is something these two schools are used to. The last time one of them swept the season series was when Mt. Lebanon won twice in the 2017-2018 campaign.

This season marks the 18th anniversary of their 2005 WPIAL Class 4A championship game, won by USC, 57-55.

Both teams are 2-0 and tied for first place in Section 2-6A. The Panthers are 7-5 overall and have won two straight and four of their last five games, while the Blue Devils are 7-4 and have won three straight and five of their last six.

The fight for the first

Here are some more games scheduled for Tuesday where at least a share of first place is up for grabs.

In Section 2-5A, Shaler visits Penn Hills. Both the Titans and Indians are 2-0 in the division. Shaler has won four straight, while Penn Hills’ winning streak is three straight.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (9-2) has a one-game lead over South Park (4-5) in Section 2-3A. The Chargers are 3-0 in the game while the Eagles are 2-1.

Down the stretch perfection was the name of the game for both Fort Cherry (3-0, 10-2) and Chartiers-Houston (4-0, 10-3). The Rangers visit the first-place Buccaneers in a game in Section 4-2A.

The No. 1 and No. 4 teams in the latest Trib HSSN Class A rankings collide Tuesday with first place in Section 3-A up for grabs when top-ranked Imani Christian (2-0, 4-4) hosts No. 4 Aquinas Academy (2- 0, 11-0).

4 are wild

The top four boys basketball teams in Section 4 Class 4A battle it out on Tuesday.

South Allegheny (2-0, 10-0) and defending champion Quaker Valley (2-0, 6-3) are tied for first place in the section while West Mifflin (1-1, 4-5) and Avonworth (1 – 1, 5-5) are one game out.

On Tuesday, the Titans visit the Gladiators while the Quakers host the Antelopes.

He shoots and scores

The top two shooting teams in the district set targets on Tuesday.

Trinity (2-0, 6-0) will take on Bethel Park (1-0, 3-1) in the Section 2 battle for first place. Neither team lost a share game.

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