...and lose one

Avonworth’s Adam Joyce tries to get past a tough Lincoln Park defense during Wednesday’s WPIAL playoff game against a private charter school team. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

After qualifying for the playoffs for their third straight year and defeating Chartiers Houston last Saturday, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team saw their season come to an end Wednesday night as they failed to overcome a strong and powerful Lincoln Park team, eventually falling 66-41.

Both teams came out slow in the opening minutes of the game, but after Avonworth scored their first basket three minutes into the contest, both teams began to find room for shots, and they were able to open up offensively and take advantage of some opportunities.

Despite their multiple first-half chances to pull closer to Lincoln Park, Avonworth was unable to take advantage of Lincoln Park’s mistakes or cash in when they got into foul trouble. While they struggled to gain much offensive momentum, Avonworth’s defense was able to control Lincoln Park’s offensive, and they trailed by only 11 points at halftime.

Avonworth came out in the second half and appeared to be poised to make a come-back. Lincoln Park had extended their lead, but Avonworth was finally able to gain some momentum, and they cut into the lead to make it 33-25.

As quickly as the game seemed to turn in the Antelopes’ favor, however, Lincoln Park regained momentum, and they began to pull away little by little, increasing their lead to 47-31 at the end of the third quarter and making Avonworth’s chances look even more in doubt.

The Antelopes tried to mount a come-back in the final quarter, but Lincoln Park eventually pulled away as Avonworth was unable to halt their offensive attack, and their season came to an end.

Despite the loss, the season was filled with many positives, and the seniors were able to shine in their final year of high school basketball. Head coach Dan Bradley said, “For the seniors, I’d like them to reflect back not only on this year, but on all three of their years. They made the playoffs all three years for the first time since 1969-71, so it’s a rare feat at Avonworth, and they have a lot to be proud about. Not only this year, but in their careers.”

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