CanonMac holds against NA for first playoff win since ObserverReporter

“WEST VIEW u2013 It had been nearly 10 years since the Canon-McMillan boys basketball team won a postseason game.
Heck, it had been four years since the Big Macs had even been in the playoffs.
So, youu2019ll excuse Canon-McMillan if it was a little harried down the stretch of its 70-67 Class 6A first-round win over North Allegheny Wednesday night at North Hills High School.
The Big Macs built a 20-point lead early in third quarter, then held off a furious comeback by North Allegheny in the fourth quarter to get their first postseason win since 2008.
u201cIt feels good,u201d Canon-McMillan head coach Rick Bell admitted, his voice raspy, likely from a fourth quarter that saw the Tigers force eight turnovers by the Big Macs and trim a comfortable 16-point lead entering the final quarter to single digits in the closing minutes.
North Allegheny (14-9), which had a huge size advantage over the Big Macs (18-5), went away from its strength in the final quarter, putting 6-7 center Isaac Barnes on the bench alongside 6-10 Zach Johnson.
And Canon-McMillan, which advances to face top-seeded Pine-Richland Saturday, had issues with the Tigersu2019 full-court press.
u201cThat was the first time a press had bothered us since we played Washington,u201d Rick Bell said. u201cBut they were athletic and it did bother us. Thankfully, we were able to hold on.u201d
The Big Macs did so on the efforts of seniors RJ Bell, Britton Breachy and Carson Miller.”

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