Six teams from five schools within the Allegheny Intermediate Unit competed this morning in the first-ever AIU Academic Competition, which used NAQT’s IS-187A set. Several of the teams were playing on pyramidal questions for the first time and did impressively well against other the other teams who had a bit more experience.
Stats can be found here.
Pine-Richland finished in first place with a solid 19.38 points-per-bonus (PPB), averaging over 3 powers a round. Sam and Miles both exceeded 50 points-per-game (PPG) as individuals while Michael, Daniel, and Justin each added several buzzes en route to their undefeated 5-0 record.
The team from South Fayette finished in second with 19.61 PPB, the highest in the field. After taking their only loss to Pine-Richland in the first round, they settled into a 4-game winning streak led by the 60 PPG of lead scorer Jack.
Third place went to Gateway. This six-person team was the third in the field to clear 19 PPB and did so with a relatively balanced scoring effort.
Chartiers Valley was powered by Shanti’s 62 PPG, making her the top scorer in the field. Two of their three losses had margins of under 100 points, indicating that they played some close and competitive games. Rounding out the field, Moon sent two three-person teams to their first pyramidal event in several years. Sam from Moon A put up 51 PPG to lead his team through the morning, while Moon B scored in the triple digits every game, coming within 35 points of a win against eventual runner-up South Fayette in round 5.
Overall, it was great to see some new faces competing in a small but fun event! We hope to see all of these teams at future tournaments like Pitt’s Battle of the Burgh and other competitions next year.