Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chemistry Class Wilkinsburg Discovers the Right Formula to Succeed

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chemistry Class Wilkinsburg Discovers the Right Formula to Succeed

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Class A Section 4 is home to some of the WPIAL's most elite scorers.

St. Joseph's John Arcuri led the WPIAL through 16 games, averaging 26.8 points per game. Trinity Christian's John Wallace was averaging 22.3 points per game and Imani Christian's Troy Simons was scoring 20.1 points per game through last week.

There are no Wilkinsburg players to be found high on the individual scoring leaders list, but that's OK with the Tigers.

They can be found high atop another list, the Section 4 standings.

Wilkinsburg (9-7 overall) has used balanced scoring and a defense that has been able to frustrate elite scorers to race out to a 6-0 start in Section 4.

Just like most teams in the WPIAL, Wilkinsburg was not able to completely shut down Arcuri, Wallace or Simons, but they found a way to win the games.

Simons scored 38 against Wilkinsburg but all five Tigers' starters scored in double figures and they won, 94-83.

Arcuri scored 16 in the first half against Wilkinsburg's man-to- man defense. But Tigers coach Rueben Coleman switched things up with a zone defense and the Tigers held Arcuri to three points in the second half on their way to a 76-51 win.

Wallace scored 26 on the Tigers but sophomore point guard Eddie Risher and junior guard D'Shawn Adair each scored 17 and Wilkinsburg cruised to a 71-58 win.

"We just make sure we pay attention to these big scorers," Coleman said. "We try to get a strategy on defense that will best help us contain them. Our whole thing is to make sure that one person or two people don't decide the game but that it is all five of our players working as one."

The Tigers are doing all of this with no returning starters and a varsity roster of only eight players. On top of that senior starting forward Kyle Kregar sustained a broken right wrist and is likely out for the season, leaving Coleman with only seven healthy players.

The team got out to a rough start playing a challenging schedule. They dropped games to Class AAAA programs North Hills, Baldwin and Plum and also lost to elite teams such as Vincentian Academy, Greensburg Central Catholic, Clairton and Jeannette. …

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