Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Northgate's Girvin Is out to Set an Example

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Northgate's Girvin Is out to Set an Example

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Northgate High School boys basketball coach Perry Harrop has seen few athletes do what 6-5 senior forward Jon Girvin did in a Section 6-AA game against arch-rival Avonworth on Jan. 17.

Avonworth ended up dousing the Flames, 75-64, in overtime which did not please Harrop. But in the course of the game, Girvin's play turned more than a few heads as he scored 30 points and pulled down 30 rebounds.

"It was a rivalry game, and I just wanted to go all out," said Girvin, an Avalon resident who has scored in double figures for three seasons as a Northgate starter and is averaging 18.6 points a game heading into tonight's contest at Quaker Valley.

"I like playing against Avonworth. They're about 3 miles away, and it's always fun playing against them in football and basketball. You always have to give it your all when you go against them."

Harrop lauded Girvin's impressive performance.

"I've not seen 30 points and 30 rebounds [in one game]," the coach said. "I've seen 30 points. I've been on the good side of 30 points and on the bad side of 30 points. While the game is going on, it's not something that I register like rebounds. Avonworth is not a real tall team, so I knew he had an advantage.

"To be honest, though, I'm not real happy about that game. We lost and our defense was not good that night."

Northgate spent two days working on its defense prior to last Friday's game with Freedom, which was 1-12 then.

The Bulldogs looked to be bound for their second win as they took a 12-4 lead with 4:03 left in the first quarter. But the Flames switched from a 2-3 zone to an aggressive man-to-man defense, and the result was a 38-1 run over the next 12 minutes that turned concern into elation and a 42-13 halftime lead. Northgate emptied the bench en route to a 76-35 pasting of Freedom.

"For those 12 minutes, that was pretty good defense," Harrop said. "We were something like 17 for 20 [in field goal percentage] during that stretch. …

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