Chartiers Valley Outlasts Moon To Hand Them First Loss
The number of unbeatens in the WPIAL for boys basketball went from one to none on Friday night after Chartiers Valley went on the road and defeated Moon, 69-66 in double overtime.
The two teams have split the regular season series with Moon winning on 69-64 on Jan. 8 The Tigers still can win the section outright if they win their last two games.
The two teams stay neck-and-neck throughout the games, with Chartiers Valley holding a one point lead after the first quarter and Moon holding a one point lead at halftime.
Down by three with less than 30 seconds left, senior Austin Ryan kept Moon’s unbeaten streak alive with a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime.
Not much happened in the first overtime with both team scoring only two points.
Chartiers Valley scored the first three points in the second overtime, and never trailed from that point. The key was the Colts making 10 of 12 free throws in the second overtime and the Tigers going 0 for 4.
Senior Joe Pipilo and junior Jared Goldstrom led Chartiers Valley with 19 points apiece. Sophomore Brayden Reynolds finished with 15 points.
For Moon, junior Donovan Johnson led the way with 24 points. Ryan added 20 points and senior Jioni Smith added 11.
Chartiers Valley improves to 15-3 overall and 10-2 in the section. The Colts sit a game behind the Tigers in second place. They will seek their eighth straight win on Tuesday when they travel to Montour for a section game at 7:30 p.m.
Moon falls to 18-1 overall and 11-1 in the section. The Tigers will travel to Thomas Jefferson for a section game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.