2022 PIAA Class 3A boys basketball championship breakdown: Aliquippa vs. Devon Prep

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Saturday, March 26, 2022 | 2:58 AM


PIAA Class 3A boys basketball final

Aliquippa vs. Devon Prep

2:30 p.m., Saturday, Giant Center, Hershey

On the air: TV: PCN; Streaming audio: TribLive HSSN; Radio: 1230 AM, 99.3 FM, 1460 AM

PIAA titles: Aliquippa 5 (1949, ’89, ’94, ’97, 2016), Devon Prep 0

Aliquippa (21-8)

Coach: Nick Lackovich

Probable starting lineup

No., Name, Ht., Yr., Pos.

1, Brandon Banks, 5-10, so, G

3, Donovan Walker, 6-0, jr., G

5, Quentin Goode, 5-8, so., G

23, Cameron Lindsey, 6-3, so, F

32, Jayace Williams, 6-0, so., F

Notable: Aliquippa is trying to become just the fifth school in state history to win PIAA basketball and football titles in the same season. … All five basketball starters played on the Quips football team that won the Class 4A title in the fall. … Walker is averaging a team-best 18 points per game in the playoffs. … The Quips won the state title in 2018 and were runners-up in ‘17, which were Lackovich’s last two seasons before resigning as coach. He was rehired last season. … The Quips are 5-5 all-time in state finals. … Banks, Lindsey and Walker all hold Division I college offers for football. … Lindsey recently added Maryland to a scholarship list that includes Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Cincinnati and others. … Aliquippa reached the state finals by defeating Brookville, 53-50; Neshannock, 53-45; Avonworth, 64-49; and South Allegheny, 57-55. … The Quips average 58.7 points and allow 50.1. … The only WPIAL school to win PIAA football and basketball titles was Jeannette in 2007-08 with Terrelle Pryor.

Devon Prep (24-4)

Coach: Jason Fisher

Probable starting lineup

No., Name, Ht., Yr., Pos.

2, Argel Pettit, 6-2, sr., G

3, Allen Cieslak, 6-1, sr., G

4, Lucas Orchard, 6-4, jr., F

10, Jacen Holloway, 6-4, jr., F

22, Ty Mishock, 5-10, so., G

Notable: Devon Prep is a newcomer in the Philadelphia Catholic League having joined four years ago. … The Tide qualified for the state playoffs as the third-place team from District 12. … Devon Prep lost in the regular season to PIAA Class 6A finalist Roman Catholic, 54-43, and to Class 4A champion Neumann-Goretti, 71-47. … The team has four scorers averaging double figures. Orchard averages 15.2 ppg, Pettit 14.9, Holloway 13.9 and Cieslak 13.1. … Cieslak is a Susquehanna University commit. … Holloway is a 47% 3-point shooter (34 of 72), Cieslak makes 43% from beyond the arc (51 of 120), Pettit makes 39% (44 of 112) and Orchard makes 38% (30 or 79). … Devon Prep reached the state finals by defeating Dock Mennonite, 71-48; Columbia, 76-73; West Catholic, 60-51; and Holy Redeemer, 73-72, in overtime. … The Tide is making its first appearance in the state finals. … The team averages 52.2 points per game.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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