Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bethel Park Is Never out of Games

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bethel Park Is Never out of Games

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After taking the job in late April, Bethel Park boys coach Josh Bears said it didn't take long for him to realize he was coaching a team that had a wealth of intangibles, such as grit, toughness and a high amount of effort.

The rest of the WPIAL is finding that out quickly, too.

Bethel Park used second-half rallies to pick up two excellent victories and win the Scott Lang Memorial Tournament at Mars High School last weekend. The Black Hawks came back from 14 points down to beat Penn Hills, 71-67. Then, after falling behind then-Class AAA second-ranked Mars by six points in the fourth quarter, the Black Hawks fought back and eventually topped the Planets, 74-72, in double overtime.

"They showed a lot of toughness. It's really what we did all summer long, both at the team camp at Ohio University and in the summer league. This team never feels like it's out of the game," Bears said.

Bethel Park played both games without starting guard Levi Metheny, who was on a football recruiting visit. Another regular, sophomore forward James Gmiter, missed the Mars game because of a death in his family.

Senior guard Josh Duda stepped up by scoring 30 points against Penn Hills and 24 against Mars.

Bears led West Allegheny to the WPIAL Class AAA title in 2007 - Bethel Park won the Class AAAA championship that same year - and most recently coached at Blackhawk last season.

Bethel Park plays its Section 4 opener tonight at Chartiers Valley.

"It's a gauntlet," Bears said of the section. "My first year coming in, it's intimidating. It's kind of strange because I've been around for a while and I'm friends with a lot of [the coaches]. I kind of feel like this year the section might be better than ever."

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