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Not this time: Lincoln Park Mercy Rules Johnsonburg

PITTSBURGH – The slipper didn’t fit this time.

A year after Johnsonburg played Cinderella when it upset WPIAL juggernaut Lincoln Park, described as being like a small college by one rival WPIAL coach, in the PIAA semifinals, the Rams were annihilated by the Leopards, 96-47, Friday night in the opening round of the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs at North Hills High School.

Maverick Rowan led WPIAL champion Lincoln Park (26-1) with 32 points, while Elijah Minnie gave the Leopards a pair of players in the 30s with a 30-point, 19-rebound effort.

Zane Hodgdon led Johnsonburg with 12 points, Cole Peterson chipped in with 11 points and Cameron Grumley and Kevin Benson each added 10.

The game was close for a short time with the teams tied at 13 before a 17-0 Lincoln Park run broke the game wide open. The Leopards led by 28, 54-26, at halftime and had the PIAA Mercy Rule rolling in the second half after gaining a 40-point lead which meant a running clock on everything but free throws and timeouts.

NOTES – Last year’s upset by the Rams was a 59-53 win at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym. The teams met in the regular season this year with Lincoln Park coming away with a 77-59 win in Johnsonburg in a game the Rams trailed by two going to the fourth quarter … Peterson finished the season with 571 points in 28 games, while Grumley, who missed the D9 consolation game with flu-like symptoms, had 570 in 27 games. The duo finished their career with 1,598 and 1,513 points respectively, the first set of teammates in District 9 to graduate in the same year with at least 1,500 points since Chris Hughes (1,619) and Brock Bovaird (1,577). They are the only set of teammates in the same class to each reach 1,500 career points – Cameron County’s Brandon Housler (2,084 graduated in 1999), and Shane Goss (1,815 graduated in 2000) are the only other teammates to reach 1,500 career points but didn’t do it at the same time … Peterson is the second all-time leading scorer in Johnsonburg history while Cameron Grumley is the third all-time leading scorer. Cameron’s older brother, Calvin, is the all-time leading scorer in District 9 with 2,255.


Score by Quarters

Johnsonburg  13        13        11        10                –    47      

Lincoln Park  19        35        25        17        –           96

Johnsonburg – 47

Cole Peterson 3 4-6 11, Christian Cherry 2 0-0 4, Cameron Grumley 3 3-5 10, Zane Hodgdon 4 3-4 12, Kevin Benson 5 0-0 10, Taylor Feronti 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 10-15 47.

Lincoln Park Charter – 96

Maverick Rowan 11 5-6 32, Antonio Kellem 6 4-4 17, Elijah Minnie 14 1-2 30, Nelly Cummings 0 0-0 0, Ryan Skovranko 5 0-0 13, Chris Pipkin 0 0-0 0, Dermonti Welling 2 0-0 4. Totals: 38 10-12 96.

Three-pointers: Johnsonburg 3 (Peterson, Grumley, Hodgdon); Lincoln Park 10 (Rowan 5, Skovranko 3, Kellem, Minnie).


1 Comment

  1. Tim says:

    The whole idea Lincoln Park can be considered in the same division as the other class A schools is ridiculous…. they recruit like a college!!!

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