Battle of the Burgh XXI Wrap-Up (3/24/18)

In the 21st iteration of the University of Pittsburgh’s Battle of the Burgh tournament, thirteen teams, including ten from eight different Pennsylvania schools, came together for a day of competition on IS 173-A. While an Ohio team, Copley A, came away with the tournament championship, several PA teams acquitted themselves nicely on the day.

Allderdice showed off their excellent depth once again, as their A and B teams claimed second and third place with one and two losses, respectively. Jamie Faeder continued his rapid improvement throughout the year, leading the A team with 72.56 PPG; Jakobi Deslouches continued his strong year with 61.86 PPG next to him, while Truman Jury and Andrew Gu rounded out the squad with solid contributions. Austin Davis (65.09 PPG) and Alana Dickey (42.67 PPG) led the way for the B team as well. The PPB for the A team was 25.72, around where you want to be on an A-set to have a shot at a decent run at HSNCT, and the B team’s wasn’t far behind, at 23.41. If Allderdice figures out their best four to put forward as their A team at HSNCT, they appear to be set for a nice tournament, and potentially a run into the playoffs.

Winchester Thurston came in next-highest among the Pennsylvania teams, finishing 5th overall. Tim Ganger’s 56.80 PPG topped the list for the squad on the day. While still in a bit of a rebuilding phase after last season’s magical run, Thurston is still well-poised to do some damage at SSNCT, coming up at the end of this month. Pittsburgh Central Catholic followed them in the standings, as Simon Sweeney and Zeke Stuart each notched 11 powers in the course of the day. Shady Side, which was Will Davis playing solo, finished 7th. Will led the tournament in scoring at 83.85 PPG, and he put up a solid 21 powers. He remains a solid player across the board and in his specialties, which should help the team to a good performance at HSNCT.

Elsewhere in the standings, DuBois made a nice run into the top playoff rounds, led by Drew Reiter’s 32.84 PPG. It’s nice to see them making the trek to keep participating in Saturday tournaments. Chartiers Valley rebounded from a rough opening stretch to win their last four games, while Hampton and an understrength Keystone Oaks both grabbed some nice wins and some more key experience.

As the season winds to a close, we’ll be next seeing the top teams from the west during nationals season. Study hard, and best of luck to all on the big stage!

– Ryan Bilger

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