The Crusaders stayed with Fox Chapel during their game on Friday afternoon. But the Foxes pulled away in the last four minutes to win at home against the Bishop Canevin Varsity Boys Basketball team. Both teams head into next week’s playoffs considered strong contenders to win WPIAL Championships. Canevin is the top seed in the Class A playoffs. Fox Chapel is seeded #2 in the Class 6A tournament.
BC fell behind 7-2 early but pulled close behind two three point plays, a long range shot from Dom Elliott and basket plus a foul from Kevaughn Price. Canevin then scored seven in a row to take the lead. Kai Spears scored five and an Elliott putback gave the Crusaders the lead after one.
The Foxes took the lead back early in the second quarter. A Nevan Crossey triple put BC back in the lead, but it was their last lead. Fox Chapel went on a 12-2 run before the half. A Jhamil Fife three-pointer in the last few seconds cut the halftime lead to six.
Fife stayed hot in the third quarter. He made three more three’s and scored 12 points in the quarter. Fife scored 17 on the night, his season high. Canevin trailed by seven heading to the final eight minutes.
The fourth quarter was filled with scoring from both teams. Fox Chapel pulled ahead by 13 points early in the quarter. But Canevin attempted one final comeback. Kai Spears hit a three to start the rally. Shea Champine scored, then Elliott hit a three and Champine drove the length of the floor to cut the deficit to three a little more than halfway through the quarter. The Foxes responded with five straight points to end the rally. Price scored nine in the quarter, but that only cut the final margin to eight.
Four different Crusaders scored in double figures. Elliott led the team with 18 points. Price finished with 12 and Spears added 10.
Bishop Canevin ends the regular season with a 12-5 record. The top seed in the playoffs earns the team a bye to advance to the Class A Quarterfinals. That game will be on Friday, March 5 at Bishop Canevin High School. They will face the winner of Tuesday’s First Round Playoff between St. Joseph and Avella. Game time is scheduled for 6 PM. Broadcast details will be announced next week.