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PBC Fall League Basketball schedule
« on: September 20, 2018, 06:30:48 PM »

Here's the schedule for the Pgh Basketball Club's Fall League hoops:

http://www.pghbasketballclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/2018-fall-schedule-all-sites-college-league.pdf

League starts on 9/24 with games Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually beginning at 6PM.

BF is playing Weds at Amb HS gym.

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Re: PBC Fall League Basketball schedule
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 04:58:59 AM »

Stopped by Ambridge to watch BF vs Blackhawk and Amb vs SF.

Tigers beat BH by 3 or 4 pts. They are still young and don't have much height outside of Cam Glass, but they're pretty quick and hustling on defense, move well without the ball and all seem to be willing rebounders. They didn't shoot real well, but I think they do have kids who can hit from outside. McKelvey and Conley were the most noticeable kids. Glass gets in good position, but needs to get stronger and more aggressive. They won't have Noah Vaughan who's done for the athletic year with an torn ACL and MCL. Cleckley was also hurt in football and is his return for hoops is iffy. Hauser is out for football this year.

Blackhawk was ok, not sure how many potential basketball players are on their football team. Rohrback seems to have them on the right track.

Ambridge wasn't having much trouble with SF when I left. Bridgers are huge, not just tall, but big bodies. If Hildenzenger is 6'5", the other two forwards are at least that and maybe a couple inches taller. I'm guessing they don't have a starter under 6'1". They were playing a 2-3 zone and SF could not get inside at all. I don't know how fast they are, though, and if a pressing, running team like NC will give them trouble.

Asst coach from one of the PSAC DII schools was there scouting a couple of players from both BF and Amb.
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Re: PBC Fall League Basketball schedule
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 08:12:29 PM »

Stopped by to watch BF take on Keystone Oaks in fall league hoops. The format is a bit changed as it's now 18 minute halfs. BF got down early 9-2, then went on a 31-13 roll to win going fairly easily. BF doesn't have a lot of height, but they are moving well without the ball, looking for the man with the open shot, crashing the boards and playing good defense. They look pretty good with their switching man-to-man and trapping the ball-handler. Once BF  began to press and trap, they got turnovers that fueled their comeback.

The team is young, only 4 seniors (McKelvey, J Vaughn, Williams and a kid who transferred back from Ohio), 1 or 2 jrs (with Vaughan and Cleckley out) and the rest sophs and freshmen. But they are playing well as a team and should be a playoff team in 3A.

In game 2, Amb took on Seneca Valley. SV was a better height match up for Amb, but they also had trouble with Amb's height. It's hard to gauge how quick Amb is, but they are playing a 2-3 or 2-1-2 zone and with their hands up, it's a formidble perimeter around the basket. Even this early, I would say Amb has to be a favorite in 4A and to win their section.
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Re: PBC Fall League Basketball schedule
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2018, 07:30:35 AM »

Watched BF beat Northgate in fall league 52-28. BF was down 14-9 about halfway through the first half, then turned up the defense and pulled away. So far, BF is doing a good job driving and kicking the ball out, but the outside shooting has been off. They're moving well without the ball and finding the player with the open look. The defense has been very good. Ambridge's field house is a big court, but BF has been able to trap effectively on it. They are quick to the ball and getting good at getting their hands in to poke balls away from the ballhandlers. They are doing a good job staying up on opponents and not giving them space to shoot or make, receive passes. They don't have a lot of height so rebounding is a group effort. Northgate was pretty scrappy, but BF forced a ton of turnovers.

The second game was Amb vs Hampton, but Hampton only had 5 players while Amb had their full squad. Wasn't going to be a competitive game.
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Re: PBC Fall League Basketball schedule
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 07:23:24 AM »

Tripleheader at Ambridge last night. Caught the 2nd half of SF vs StoRox. Sto only had 6 kids there, but it was a spunky game. SR was more athletic, but SF was taller and deeper and able to use that advantage for about a 10 pt win.

Next up was Amb vs North Hills. NH had 7 kids, Amb about 15 so that was a mis-match. NH had decent size, but were still smaller than Amb. NH gave Amb the best competition I've seen, but it was still a blowout loss. NH was able to move the ball quickly down court that negated some of Amb's height advantage, but missed open shots. Amb did a lot of alley-oop plays from Hildenzenger to their one forward who's a volleyball player. Ambridge's starters' size is comparable to a D3 or even D2 college team. If Hildenzenger is indeed 6'5", then the other two forwards must be between 6'6" and 6'8" at least. They are certainly full of themselves, but it remains to be seen if they have someone who can handle and distribute the ball against an aggressive, quick team like a New Castle. Right now I'd consider Ambridge a favorite to win 4A.

BF ended the night playing Avonworth. It was a spirited game, but BF's defense was again the difference, forcing many Avonworth turnovers. It's going to have to be a true team effort for the Tigers this year as they are not very tall, but they aren't afraid to drive to the basket and they all handle the ball pretty well. They are becoming very good at pressing and trapping and poking ball away from opposing ballhandlers. Ambridge Field House has a big court yet there were times it seemed BF had more than 5 guys on it because they were getting to the ball so fast. I expect a couple kids to join the team after football season, but essentially these kids will make up the varsity.
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