High School Sports
Carlynton falls to Beaver
Falls in second round
By Alex Topor
The Carlynton Cougars lost to the Beaver Falls Tigers 78-63 in the second round of the PIAA Class 3A playoffs at Peters Township March 11.
After the first quarter, the Tigers (16-8) held a 15-11 lead. Early in the second quarter, the Cougars (16-10) cut the deficit to two points before Beaver Falls pulled away.
The Tigers ended the quarter on a 12-2 run to hold a 31-19 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Beaver Falls senior Noah Vaugn caught fire from 3-point range – shooting 6/6 from beyond the arc.
The Cougars kept the game competitive but were never able to cut the deficit to under 10 points.
Every time it seemed the Cougars were getting back into the game, Vaughn drilled a 3-pointer to keep the Tigers in a healthy lead.
Things got chippy between the two teams down the stretch as double technical fouls were called several times.
The last scuffle with about three minutes left resulted in security officers and coaches holding multiple players back from fighting.
A Beaver Falls player was even ejected from the game in the fourth quarter and will be ineligible to play the next time the Tigers take the court.
Despite how rough the game got and the big deficit, Cougar players played hard until the final whistle.
In the fourth quarter, each team scored 26 points, but it was too little too late for Carlynton, who saw its season come to an end.
Vaughn led all scorers with 32 points. For the Cougars, Dequay Canton had 19 while Chauncie Mickens added 13.
The Tigers advance to play Lincoln Park, though the date and time of the game is to be determined due to a postponement of the PIAA playoffs for at least two weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus.