Contristano Leads the Way Senior Guard Scores Career-High 34 Points, Puts Golden Eagles in Driver's Seat Keystone Oaks 81, Thomas Jefferson 69

By Everett, Brad | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), January 11, 2012 | Go to article overview

Contristano Leads the Way Senior Guard Scores Career-High 34 Points, Puts Golden Eagles in Driver's Seat Keystone Oaks 81, Thomas Jefferson 69


Everett, Brad, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


It was "staff appreciation night" Tuesday at Keystone Oaks High School, with teachers and other contributors being recognized in a ceremony before the boys basketball game against Thomas Jefferson.

The Golden Eagles are doing a good job of bidding for honors, too.

They just hope those accolades come in February and March.

Rocco Contristano scored a career-high 34 pointsas Keystone Oaks took a firm grip of WPIAL Class AAA Section 4 lead with an 81-69 win against Thomas Jefferson.

Keystone Oaks (9-1, 5-0) has not won a section title since 2003, but the current group of Golden Eagles appear to not only be the class of the section, but also one of the top teams in Class AAA.

"We want to win the section, then make a run in the [WPIAL] playoffs and make it to states," Contristano said.

"We believe this team can go really far."

The Golden Eagles have themselves a star in Contristano, and he showed it against Thomas Jefferson (4-7, 3-1), which won section titles two of the past three seasons.

Contristano, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, came into the game averaging 23 points.

Against the Jaguars, he finished 11 of 14 from the field, made 10 of 13 free throws and showed his range by knocking down two 3- pointers. But most of his damage came when he slashed to the basket.

"He came over to me after he missed a few free throws and goes, 'Coach. Coach, I can't make a shot," first-year coach Gene Mercuri said. …

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