Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Allderdice Takes Control in City League

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Allderdice Takes Control in City League

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No one, not Allderdice players or coach Buddy Valinsky, is ready to say this Dragons team is on the same level as the one two years ago that went to a PIAA championship. But signs are still pointing toward Allderdice being one of the best teams in Western Pennsylvania, including the WPIAL.

Allderdice has a number of victories against WPIAL teams, and Friday night the Dragons made an emphatic statement that they are the class of the City League. Allderdice crushed visiting Westinghouse, 80-45, in a clash of the top two teams in the City.

Allderdice, the Post-Gazette's No. 1-ranked City League team, now is 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the City. Westinghouse came in as the No. 2 City team and with only one loss. Like Allderdice, Westinghouse had some impressive wins against WPIAL teams. They feature 6-foot-11 center James Ellis, who is averaging close to a triple-double this season.

But a sizzling shooting game by Allderdice brought the 'House down, only two days after Allderdice defeated Mt. Lebanon, the No. 2 team in WPIAL Class 6A. Allderdice shot 63 percent (35 of 56) from the field and 50 percent (7 of 14) from 3-point range.

Jackson Blaufeld, a junior guard and one of the best marksmen around, scored 18 points, making all four of his 3-point attempts. Senior point guard Tyler Williams made 7 of 10 shots, scored 17 points and junior guard-forward Bobby Clifford 15.

"We think we can be very good because of the way we shoot it and the way Tyler Williams is playing now at point guard," Blaufeld said. "We don't back down to anyone and Coach V always schedules tough games. We think we can play with anyone."

Allderdice's only two losses are to Penn Hills, the No. 1 WPIAL 6A team, and Penn-Trafford. Allderdice also owns victories against Central Catholic, Bethel Park, Hampton and Vincentian, the No. 1 team in WPIAL Class A. …

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