By Matt Popchock
Tournament host Canon-McMillan (Sec. 4-AAAA) will face Washington County neighbor Trinity (Sec. 5-AAA) in the championship game of the EQT Energy Classic at 6:00 P.M. Sunday.
The Big Macs (2-0) punched their ticket with a 59-30 blowout of Waynesburg (Sec. 5-AAA) in the last of Saturday night’s semifinal contests. Once again, it was Brett Haney leading the charge with a game-high 20 points.
The Hillers (2-0) earned the right to oppose them with a 59-50 win over section rival Washington in the earlier semifinal Saturday. Despite 19 points from athletic guard Josh Wise, Trinity pulled away with 21 from Corey Hunsberger, who, like Haney, was the high scorer for a second night in a row.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of shooting clinic those two put on in the tournament finale. Haney has displayed good range in his first two outings, and Hunsberger has done a nice job stepping up since the graduation of Josh Valentic, Trinity’s all-time leading scorer.
Washington draws Waynesburg in the third-place game at 4:00 Sunday.
Meanwhile, Allen Central (KY) will face West Greene (A-Sec. 3) in the first consolation game of Sunday, scheduled for a 1:00 tip-off, and Pikeville (KY) will take on Burgettstown (AA-Sec. 5) in the second consolation game, scheduled for 2:30.
Pikeville defeated Allen Central 77-35 Saturday, followed by Burgettstown’s 65-16 rout of West Greene. Pikeville shooting guard Ethan Rowe delivered the top overall performance of day two with 31 points.
Check out the “Mr. High School Sports” blog Sunday night for championship game coverage!
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