Tornado rally by Quips
Butler boys snare 84-80 tourney win
BEAVER — Butler overcame an early 10-point deficit and got past Aliquippa, 84-80, in the C.J. Betters Boys Basketball Tournament Thursday night at the Community College of Beaver County's Golden Dome.
The Golden Tornado (7-1) earned a date with Allderdice at 8:30 p.m. Friday in their division of the tournament.
“Allderdice is supposed to be the best team out there, so we'll see,” Butler coach Matt Clement said. “That will be a tough one.”
Thursday's game wasn't an easy one.
The Quips (3-3) jumped out to a quick lead before the Tornado began forcing turnovers and draining 3-pointers.
Butler sank 14 treys in the contest.
“They (Quips) began taking quick shots and with us turning them over, it helped us get back in the game quickly,” Clement said.
Ethan Morton led Butler with 27 points, including three treys. Mattix Clement struck for 23 points, sinking seven 3-pointers. Devin Carney pitched in 20 points and a pair of treys.
“I'd like to know the last time we've had three kids score 20 in the same game,” Clement said. “It has to be a while ago.”
With senior center Isaiah Scribner dealing with a bad back, Butler played most of Thursday's game with two freshmen and two sophomores on the floor.
Luke Patten and Charles Kreinbucher combined for 12 points, “but those guys had to have 10 rebounds, and Mattix pitched in, too,” Clement said.
Zuiriah Fisher paced Aliquippa with 23 points. Marlin Devonshire had 18 and William Gipson 17. Eli Kosanovich scored 15.
The Quips' previous two losses this year were to WPIAL favorites Lincoln Park in overtime and Moon.
“I'm pretty happy with where we're at right now, but not satisfied,” Clement said. “This was a nice win tonight.”
Ethan Morton 27, Mattix Clement 23, Devin Carney 20, Luke Patten 7, Charles Kreinbucher 5, Dom McGowan 2. Totals: 27 16-23 84.
Zuriah Fisher 23, Marlin Devonshire 18, William Gipson 17, Eli Kosanovich 15, Dewayne Revis 5, Larry Walker 2. Totals: 33 7-13 80.
Butler 18 25 15 26 — 84
Aliquippa23 13 22 22 — 80