The Peters Township boys basketball team upset Upper St. Clair 72-71 in overtime, handing the Panthers a major blow in their quest to win a Section 2, 6A title.

USC is now two games behind undefeated Mt. Lebanon (6-0, 12-4) in the section. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, cruised to an 85-24 victory over Baldwin.

Trailing 55-43, the Indians (3-3, 9-7) outscored the Panthers 23-11 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

In the extra period, Sam Petrarca scored four of PT’s six points. He finished with 17 points while Colin Cote led with a game-high 23.

Cote scored the Indians’ other two points in overtime.

Connor Duane and Josh Casilli added nine points each.

The Panthers (4-2, 13-3) were led by Ethan Dahlem who scored a team-high 17 points, while Luke Gensler added 12 and Landon Rauch scored 11.

Meanwhile, Mt. Lebanon’s Jake Hoffman exploded for 30 points and Blaine Gartley pitched in 20 to lead the Blue Devils’ rout of the Highlanders.

Lebo’s win came on the heels of a 70-66 loss to Math, Civics and Sciences during the MLK Weekend Showcase. MCS is one of the top Class 2A teams in the state.

In the loss, Hoffman scored 23 points, Evan Sentner and Gartley poured in 12 and Joey King added 11 for Lebo.

In other league action, Bethel Park (4-2, 10-6) defeated Canon-McMillan, 74-65.

Bethel Park’s Tommy DiRienzo scored a team-high 23 points, while Ryan Meis scored 18, Anthony Chiccitt had 11 and Cooper Shoemaker added 10. The Big Macs’ Cole Stanley scored 13 points, Syn’cere Southern and Tre Lewis poured in 13 and Gavin Miller added 12.

The Black Hawks also picked up a 55-47 win against Woodland Hills in the MLK Weekend Showcase, hosted by the Wolverines. In the win, DiRienzo scored 21 points and Chiccitt added 12.

In other action, Chartiers Valley beat South Fayette 54-43. Connor Mislan led the Lions with 12 points while the Colts’ Brayden Reynold scored 19 points and Marcello Legister added 16.

Tthe Lions also defeated Blackhawk 60-49 in the MLK Showcase. Kade St. Ledger and Andrew Franklin led SF with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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