March 1, 2007

Pryor takes Jayhawks to WPIAL Championship game

The Jeannette Jayhawks, led by top junior Terrelle Pryor, advanced to the WPIAL Class AA Championship game this Saturday where they will take on defending champion Aliquippa. The Jayhawks defeated 2005 champion Beaver Falls, 80-71 at North Allegheny High School. The Quips advance to the title game with a 101-67 win over Northgate. For two Class AA schools, the Quad-A sized gym at North Allegheny was filled to the brim with fans from both schools. Included in that assistant was Pitt basketball assistant, Orlando Antigua. Jeannette will try to replicate what they did in November as a football team, by bringing home a WPIAL basketball championship.

"I'm just happy (to get to the championship game)," Jeannette head coach Jim Nesser said after the game. "These kids are unbelievable. They have made a believer out of me. I believe in them, and they believe in me. They do whatever it takes to win, and I am just proud to coach them. I guarantee we'll give 100% against Aliquippa."

It was a total team effort by the Jayhawks. Nesser's biggest concern heading into the game was handling Beaver Falls' press. During the game, the Tigers tried locking off on Pryor, but to no avail. They also employed a box zone at times Regardless, the Jayhawks never trailed in the game. Locking Pryor off only temporarily prevented the 6-6 swingman, from scoring. He still found a way to grab rebounds, and dish out 13 assists. When Beaver Falls tried taking his passes away, Pryor either drove to the basket or took a jumper, going back to his scoring. Pryor displayed tonight that he is too multi-dimensional to keep out of a ball game, no matter what the opposing game plan is.

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