Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Senior Stands out at Allderdice

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Senior Stands out at Allderdice

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Playing on a guard-oriented team, it's easy for 6-foot-9 Allderdice center Tim Pugh to get overlooked a bit.

After all, this is the No. 1 team in the state led by players such as James and Timothy Jackson, who make a living on the perimeter and combined for five 3-pointers and 38 of the team's 74 points in a 74-47 win against Obama Academy in the City League final Saturday at Petersen Events Center.

"It's just a ton of fun out there," Pugh said. "It's just a great group of guys with the Jacksons and Ramon [Creighton] and Jordan [Rawls], everyone's so good on the team. It's a ton of fun."

In the City League final, Pugh contributed five points and five rebounds. It was just another day at the office for a senior who has developed into a solid player in the paint.

"What he has done unbelievably well is to be a shot-blocker and a distributer, a rebounder and an outlet passer to the guards to get it all started," Allderdice coach Buddy Valinsky said. "He's also been working with another 6-10 coach, [Davidson alumnus] Ian Johnson, who's not on my staff and is not from Pittsburgh, but volunteers to help him every couple of weeks."

But while a player as tall as he is won't stand out on the basketball court, he certainly does at his other sport. In addition to being one off the key figures for the Dragons as they prepare to start their run through the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs, he was also the team captain for the school's soccer team.

"I like soccer a lot more during soccer season, but now that it's basketball season, I like basketball more," Pugh said. "They're both a ton of fun and I like both of them a lot."

It's not just that Pugh plays soccer. There have been many tall players who have walked on the pitch over the years. What makes Pugh, literally, stand out is that he's not a goalkeeper like most would expect, but a center-forward and was Allderdice's leading scorer on a Dragons team that won the Section 4 title and knocked off perennial championship contender Peters Township in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs. …

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