No. 1 Poly crushes Bishop Walsh in Pittsburgh hoops tourney; Murray pours in 31


Poly’s Brandon Murray heads up to the basket during Friday’s boys basketball contest with Bishop Walsh at the Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills High outside of Pittsburgh. Murray finished with a season-high 31 points as the No. 1 Engineers rolled to a 78-34 victory. (photo – Bud Hurt)

Senior guard Brandon Murray scored a season-high 31 points and Justin Lewis added a double-double as top-ranked Poly High defeated Bishop Walsh, 78-34, at the Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills outside of Pittsburgh Friday.

The Engineers (11-1), ranked No. 24th nationally by ESPN, led wire-to-wire against the Western Maryland school, scoring the game’s first 14 points. Murray shot 13 of 16 from the field, including five three-pointers, added eight rebounds and five assists.

Lewis, a Marquette University recruit, finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Baltimore City school connected on 11 three-pointers and out-rebounded Bishop Walsh, 45-27.

The Engineers are back in action Saturday against Chester (PA) at the Stand Against Violence Showcase, which was created by former Howard basketball standout Ronald Coursey, who’s Woodland Hills boys basketball coach and athletic director.

No. 6 New Town boys play Pennsylvania’s Steel Valley Saturday afternoon and top-ranked St. Frances Academy girls take on Oakland Catholic (PA), ranked 4th in the Pittsburgh metro area Saturday.

STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE SHOWCASE

AT WOODLAND HILLS (PA)

No. 1 Poly 78, Bishop Walsh 34

Bishop Walsh – Ramabu 7, Stevens 4, Miller 2, Strite 2, Koroma 11, Rayford 4, Roberts 4. Totals 12 9-22 34.

Poly – Lindsay 3, Lewis 21, Ali 6, Evans 3, Murray 31, English 8, Bethea 4, Lamothe 2. Totals 31 5-6 78.

Bisho Walsh 10 7 9 8 – 34

Poly 26 18 23 11 – 78