The University of Pittsburgh’s annual fall tournament occurred this past Saturday the 12th, drawing in a solid field of 18 teams from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This is one of the state’s oldest tournaments, and the 12th edition was no disappointment. Unlike Mellon Bowl last month, this event used an NAQT A set, leading to higher scoring overall.
Once again, Alagar Homeschool ran the table, romping to another tournament win. Outside of one tight 390-335 point triumph over Winchester Thurston, they were never seriously threatened, and Rajan was again the only 100+ ppg scorer. They look truly formidable. Allderdice A, not missing a beat, strung together a phenomenal team effort (with five players between 16 and 52 ppg) to go 8-1, only losing to the Alagars. Allderdice, though a strong presence in Pittsburgh last season, was not expected to be a major player at the state level this year after the loss of captain Jordan Abbott. However, they clearly have found a new generation and may be an under the radar team to win a tournament or two come spring.
Winchester Thurston A finished 3rd. They went 7-2, with both losses close. They also absolutely trounced South Side B in a 720-20 rout, which is the highest single-game score for a PA team so far this season. In 4th and 5th, Norwin A and Shady Side followed strong performances from Andy Halza and William Lu, respectively, to win some good games. These two were the best non-Alagar teams of the event. All of the top 5 cleared 20 points per bonus, showing nice depth off.
Pittsburgh Catholic Central, Hampton, Keystone Oaks, Kane, and DuBois also sent teams. We saw all of these teams already at CMU, so it was good to see them keeping on. With DuBois in a rebuilding year, we will see who might rise to take their open spot as one of the Western PA powerhouses.