by Malik VincentFor New Pittsburgh Courier Allderdice cruised through their conference schedule until they welcomed City newcomers USO. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) on Feb 3.Behind junior guard DeAndre Byrd’s 20 points, the Eagles ( 9-2, 12-5) pulled out a statement, 69-64, road victory to keep their regular-season title hopes alive. TONYEA CURRY of Carrick scored 20 points to lead the Raiders to a 65-61 win over Oliver in City League Hoops action. (Courier Photo/William McBride) “It’s just one more mile in the marathon,” USO coach Kevin Reid said. “Allderdice is a talented team with some very special players. So, beating them was a good thing for our team.”The Dragons (10-1, 13-6) were led by senior swingman Justin Dobbs with 30 points. and a double-double showing by fellow classmate Ben Mickens.The latter followed up with 18 points and 14 rebounds.“Justin Dobbs is a great shooter and Ben is a fantastic big man,” Reid said. “(Allderdice) is and have been a great representation of our league.”USO’s D.J. Porter and Dontae Forte rounded out the Eagles’ scorers in double-digits with 17 and 15 points, respectively.“I knew what type of talent that USO was going to have before the season even started,” Allderdice coach Andre McDonald said. “They have a nice team. That game was the type that is going to put the City League on the map. I can’t wait to face this team when it counts.”Despite being in its first year of existence, Reid isn’t concerned about his team’s chemistry.“We have come together from different areas (of the city) to conquer a common cause,” Reid said. “After all, isn’t that what America is all about?”Hopefully for them, they can use that to derail the Dragons from their quest of another City title.“We want to win,” Reid added. “We’re taking it one game, and as a matter of fact– one quarter, at a time. One game does not dictate the season.”OTHER GAMESBrashear 81, Langley 73Led by Marlin Jackson’s 22 points, the Bulls ended a five-game skid. Despite Hasuan Blair’s 22, Langley remains last in the standings.Oliver 59, Perry 49This classic North Side battle ended with three double-digit scorers for Oliver (Devin Lyles 17, Shakeem Cox 15, and Justin Mitchell 13). Perry was led by Don Miller’s 16 points.
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