Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Game of March 6, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8:46 PM
Class 4A first round
Belle Vernon (19-7) vs. Clearfield (15-8)
7:30 p.m. at St. Marys High School
Winner plays: Winner of Lancaster Catholic (23-3) and Ringgold (14-10) on Tuesday in second round
Coaches: Joe Salvino, Belle Vernon; Nathan Glunt, Clearfield
Players to watch: Devin Whitlock, Belle Vernon (So., G); Cade Walker, Clearfield (Sr., F)
About Belle Vernon: The Leopards made the WPIAL championship for the first time since 1978 but could not overcome top-seeded Highlands and fell 72-54 at Petersen Events Center. Whitlock was a bright spot as he scored 27 points and surpassed 1,000 points for his career, a rarity for a sophomore. Second-year coach Salvino won two PIAA titles in his 34 years coaching Monessen. The Leopards made the state playoffs two years ago but lost to Hickory in the first round 92-52. They have not won a state playoff game since 1981.
About Clearfield: Clearfield has become somewhat of a dynasty in District 9, winning a record-tying six consecutive district titles, the latest a 51-40 triumph over Bradford. In that game, Walker has 16 points and six rebounds. He is a 1,000-point scorer for his career. Freshman Cole Miller is a 3-point threat. The Bison give up just 49 points a game.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
Tags: Belle Vernon
More Basketball• If PIAA shuts down, AAU teams, other private programs could flourish
• Central Catholic basketball transfer Langston Moses eligible for regular season, WPIAL says
• With allegations behind him, Nick Lackovich returns as Aliquippa boys basketball coach
• 2 WPIAL rising sophomores add basketball offers from Minnesota
• 2 WPIAL sophomores announce basketball offers from Marshall