Antelopes win one...

Jamal Hughley finished with 19 points as the Antelopes defeated Chartiers-Houston in a preliminary playoff round last Saturday. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

The Avonworth boys’ basketball team advanced to the first round of the WPIAL playoffslast Saturday, making easy work of opponent Chartiers-Houston in a preliminary round game played at Chartiers Valley High School.

Led by Jamal Hughley, who finished with 19 points, the Antelopes cruised to victory over the Buccaneers 67-46.

"We came out and executed the game plan, recognized their main threats and tried to slow them down," said coach Dan Bradley.

The 'Lopes did a good job of mixing it up on defense, which helped in keeping Chartiers-Houston's offense out of rythum.

Garrett Day got the 'Lopes on the board to start the game with a baseline jumper, but the Bucs countered with a basket to draw the teams to even. Avonworth then followed with a 13-0 run that began with free throws by Adam Joyce and Kyle Crilly ,but Hughley dominated with eight points in the period. Most of those points came by way of center Chris O'Malley, who would dish the ball off from his position at the top of the key area.

"Hughley did a good job of working the baseline with help from O'Malley," said Bradley.

The run concluded with a drive by Josh Drwal for a basket before Chartiers-Houston hit on two free throws to end the period with Avonworth leading 15-4.

Avonworth continued to have success with what they were doing as Hughley led the offense with seven points in the second quarter. Chartiers-Houston found a little more offense but the 'Lopes outscored them 16-11 to take a 31-15 lead at the half.

Avonworth was able to increase their lead in the third quarter, with most of the offense coming from the perimeter.

Crilly scored 10 points and Drwal chipped in seven points as the Antelopes moved to their largest lead at 56-29 to end the third quarter.

Cole Jenkins scored five points to lead the Avonworth offense in the fourth quarter.

The 'Lopes were outscored 17-11 in the fourth to finalize their 67-46 win.

Following Hughley's 19 points were Drwal with 12, Crilly with 11, Jenkins with seven and Joyce, O'Malley and Day each with six points.

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