Portersville Christian School Championship Games took place this past Saturday, Feb. 25th with the junior high boys losing to Central Prep 32-16, junior high girls winning against Central 13-11, Varsity girls losing to Aquinas 44-27 and Varsity boys winning 55-45 against Cheswick.
This is the first time in history that all four of Portersville Christian School’s basketball teams have gone on to the Championships in the same year.
The Varsity boys are officially back to back SWCAC League Champions and back to back Tri-County Division Champions. This is the first time the school has had three consecutive appearances by the Varsity boys in the SWCAC Championships and the first back to back championship for the varsity boys.
The Varsity girls went on to the Championships for the second year in a row.
Varsity Head Coach, Paul Harbison provided the following match information:
“Saturday, February 25, 2017. Beaver Falls, PA. Southwest Christian Athletic Conference championship game saw head to head competition of Cheswick Christian Academy lining up against Portersville Christian School in a basketball game held at Metheny Field house on Geneva College campus. The Warriors of Portersville Christian School prevailed in a tightly contested basketball game 55 – 45. Portersville (29-9; 15-0) came from a seven point deficit at halftime (down 20-27) and turned the game around outscoring Cheswick (20-5; 14-1) in the third quarter by 17-5. Portersville added 18 more points in the fourth quarter scoring twice as many points in the second half than Cheswick was able to score. As a team Portersville shot 76% from the free throw line: 16 for 21. Portersville forward Eli Grove got some recognition as he hauled down 12 rebounds battling against 6’10” Ben Pollock (scored 22 points) of Cheswick. Another Portersville player Austin Patterson, played the game of his life last night – he stepped up in a huge way and contributed to offensive surge in third quarter and quick, excellent defense all game long.
This was the third championship game in a row in which PCS has battled Cheswick for the title. Each school had won the title, last year it was Portersville for the first time ever. Portersville’s top player Stephan Graham scored 31 points, 23 in the second half and 20 rebounds to lead the charge for Portersville to win back to back league championships. Stephan received game MVP honors. Portersville has been the only one of 14 teams in SWCAC that has been able to contain 6’10″ ‘Big Ben’ through aggressive team defense. Portersville Christian School is a private Christ-centered primary and secondary accredited educational institution and draws students from Lawrence, Butler, Allegheny, Beaver, and Mercer counties. Both Portersville and Cheswick are headed to Mount Vernon, OH on March 2-4 for the National Christian School Athletic Association championship tournament in a field of 64 teams representing 14 different states.”