Catamounts push #1 team to the edge; open Region XX Tourney Friday

MONACA, Pa. — Andre Anthony converted a three point play in the final seconds to rally No. 1 Beaver County to an 85-82 win over Potomac State in the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference championship game Sunday afternoon. Beaver, 25-0 and the top ranked Division II junior college team in the country, trailed by three when Devin Hall scored while being fouled with just over 10 seconds to go. He missed the free throw, but Anthony grabbed the rebound and scored while being fouled. He converted the three point play to put the Titans, who led by as many as 19 points in the first half, back on top.

Potomac State (15-9) had a final chance but turned the ball over with seven seconds to play. Former Keyser High star Peyton Hartman led Potomac State with 23points and hit five of the Catamounts’ eight three point goals. Reggie Baker added 19 points and George Chase 15. Andre Jefferson had 20 points, Anthony 17 and Nehemiah Fisher 16 for Beaver, which led 49-39 at halftime.

Both teams play again in the Region XX, Division II Tournament at Hagerstown. Beaver will be the No. 1 seed. Potomac State, the No. 9 seed, will play No. 8 Essex on Friday, at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, Hartman scored 20 points and Carlton Drake had 13 to lead Potomac State to a 76-65 win over Penn Highlands in the conference semifinals.