Tiger Trouble: Bethel Park edges Moon on late comeback


Chris Mueller

The opening tip of a WPIAL Section 4-AAAA matchup between Moon and Bethel Park Friday, January 24th. The Blackhawks prevailed 54-51.

Moon High school was leading 42-32 heading into the final quarter in its WPIAL Section 4-AAAA contest against Bethel Park Friday night.

That was until Bethel Park’s Anthony Bomar caught fire.

The Blackhawks quickly erased Moon’s lead within minutes of the start of the fourth quarter, thanks in part to a pair of three-point baskets from Bomar. The junior finished with 15 points on the night as Bethel Park ran away with the victory, knocking off the Tigers 54-51 at Moon.

“Going into the fourth quarter, we were down by double digits, I just thought we had to pick it up and make shots for my team,” said Bomar. “I’m willing whenever our team needs a shot to hit it. I just stepped up tonight.”

Bethel Park head coach Ben O’Conner had a high regard for his junior sharpshooter after the game.

“Anthony’s been our solid MVP all year,” he said. “He’s a kid that just does a lot of little things. Tonight, he kept playing and shots started to fall.”

Also coming up big for the Blackhawks was guard RJ Pfeuffer, who netted 15 points and five rebounds. His statistical numbers weren’t his only contributions on the night, considering the major defensive role he played late in the game to slow down Moon’s star forward Tyler Crenshaw.

“We needed to pick up our defense,” said Pfeuffer. “Our energy, we feed off the defense. We had to work to get stops, press and trap, and our defense fed into our offense.”

The loss was a familiar scene for Moon and head coach Jeff Ackerman. This was the second time this season that the Tigers have let a fourth quarter lead slip at hands of the Blackhawks, suffering a 64-61 setback on Dec. 20th.

“It seems like whatever can go wrong for us goes wrong,” Ackerman said. “It’s like we have a black cloud over our heads right now.”

The loss pushes the Tigers to 6-11 on the year, and 4-6 in league play. Next on their schedule is a matchup with Mount Lebanon on Jan. 28th.