Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

History Repeats for the Third Time in a Row, North Catholic Falls to Vincentian by 3

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

History Repeats for the Third Time in a Row, North Catholic Falls to Vincentian by 3

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Standing outside a somber Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic locker room one floor below where his Trojans had suffered an 89-86 overtime loss to bitter-rival Vincentian Academy Jan. 12 at North Allegheny High School, longtime Trojans coach Dave Long sighed.

"We had an answer for just about everything except that last shot," he said. He was referring to a successful 3-point shot from the deep corner by Vincentian senior guard Ian Taylor with 3.2 seconds left in the extra period that gave the Royals the victory and outright possession of first place in Class A, Section 2.

"I didn't think he'd be the hero of the game, but surprise, surprise [he was]," Long continued. "I'm tired of giving the fans a good game. I'd like to give them a good game and end up on top [of the Royals] one of these times."

In the past three meetings between the two rivals, Vincentian has won all three games by identical three-point margins.

"I was happy with the way our kids hustled," he said.

Long would have liked to have had a signature win to end the first half of the section season.

As it was, though, the Trojans evened their overall record at 7- 7 with a 54-39 road victory against St. Joseph that avenged a 66-62 loss to the Spartans on Dec. 12.

North Catholic has played well against section rivals. The Trojans headed into Tuesday's home game with Springdale with a 6-2 section record.

They've had tough sledding outside of section play with losses to Mars, Penn Hills, Norwin, Brashear and Seneca Valley.

But there is plenty of hope for this team as its highest-profile victory was a 71-69 triumph against Class AAAA member Gateway in the game that opened the Trojans' new era at their new campus in Cranberry.

The Trojans have had quality guards throughout their history, but they are benefiting from two solid inside players this season, 6-5 senior forward Vince LeGrande and 6-3 junior forward Isaiah Harvin. …

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