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PIAA Class AAA Boys' Basketball: Montour tops Perry, 56-51Saturday, March 19, 2011By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteSeven turnovers in the first six minutes of the game, more than six minutes without a point and a 12-point deficit after the first quarter.

Things couldn't have started any worse for Montour. But in the end, the best season in Montour history was extended a few days.

Montour recovered from a shaky start, slowed the pace of the game and defeated Perry, 56-51, in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal game Friday night at North Allegheny.

The win put WPIAL champion Montour in the PIAA semifinals for the first time in school history. The Spartans will play South Fayette Tuesday in a rematch of the WPIAL title game. Perry, the City League runner-up, finished with a 23-5 record.

Montour had made it to the PIAA quarterfinals three previous times, but lost each time. Montour coach Adam Kaufman was on one of those quarterfinal losers and all three of his assistants also were on quarterfinal losers.

"Now we have to hear about it from all these players," Kaufman said with a laugh.

But he'll gladly deal with the ribbing.

Montour (22-7) couldn't deal with Perry's speed and quickness in the early going. Montour had nine turnovers in the first quarter and Perry led, 15-3, after the first eight minutes. But after that, Montour got the pace of the to its liking.

"The turnovers were key No. 1," Kaufman said. "We felt if we could get them into a half-court game, we'd have a chance. But you can't do that with nine turnovers in the first quarter."

Montour started working the ball to 6-foot-5 center Austin Heter in the second quarter and undersized Perry had problems dealing with Heter, who finished with a team-high 15 points. Heter scored eight in the second quarter and Montour sliced the margin to 25-23 at halftime.

The play of Montour sophomore point guard Devin Wilson also was vital to the team's success. Wilson seemed to do whatever Montour needed, whether it was scoring, handling Perry's pressure or making nice passes to teammates. He finished with 14 points and Dillon Buechel 12.

Montour took its first lead, 32-30, in the third quarter and never trailed again. A 3-pointer by Perry's Devin Ghafoor brought Perry within 50-49 with 51 seconds left. But Buechel made two free throws, Perry turned it over and Heter made two more free throws to make it 54-49.

Perry senior guard Greg McGhee was a handful for Montour, scoring 26 points. Senior guard Marcus Smith added 14, but was 5 of 17 from the field. In the final three quarters, Perry forced a number of shots, made only 27 percent (12 of 44) from the field and 21 percent (3 of 14) from 3-point range.

"Personally, the thing that I was most proud of was that we never shrugged our shoulders, or started complaining, or starting making excuses," Kaufman said. "We kept fighting, stuck to the plan and ended up coming out on top."

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