NewCath boys trip UHA, advances to All "A" semifinals

RICHMOND — Newport Central Catholic lived up to its billing as the top-ranked team in the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic on Friday.

The Thoroughbreds never trailed en route to a 44-31 quarterfinals victory over second-rated University Heights Academy in McBrayer Arena.

NewCath (17-5) will face DeSales in Saturday's semifinals.

"DeSales is good," said Grant Brannen, coach of the Thoroughbreds (17-5). "They've got big, strong guards. They move the ball well. They're well coached."

NewCath was led by 6-foot-7 senior Jake Giesler with 14 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Michael Bueter had eight points and five assists, and Brady Hightchew scored nine.

UHA, an eight-time All "A" champ, was led by Matt McGowan with 11 points.

The Blazers (15-7) had a miserable night shooting, going 11-for-44 (25 percent), 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range.

"Our kids went out and battled like a team that had been to the All 'A' Tournament 17 out of 21 years," Coach Randy McCoy said. "We weren't going to be a sacrificial lamb."

Danville 49, Heath 43: Tevin Raines, Colin Turner and Jacody Taylor scored 11 points each and Tryston Ford had 10 as the Admirals rallied to win.

Danville (14-7) will meet the winner of Friday's late game (West Carter vs. Betsy Layne) in the semifinals.

Heath (16-7) led 15-14 on Drew Robinson's buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.

Danville didn't regain the lead until Ford's fast-break bucket to open the fourth quarter, 32-31.

The lead swapped four times over three minutes.

Tied at 37, Danville eased away by scoring the next six points, on four free throws and Turner's put-back. His 11 rebounds helped the Ads win the battle of the boards 45-33.

Danville's last nine points came at the free-throw line.