Lincoln Park: Keeno Holmes

Keeno Holmes leads Lincoln Park in scoring, assists and steals heading into Saturday's PIAA championship game.

What to know about the Lincoln Park Leopards:

Head coach: Mike Beriski (5 years, 119-26)

Record: 26-4

How they got here: First round: beat Bellwood-Antis 73-55; Second round: beat Aliquippa 71-69; Quarterfinals: beat Richland 66-57; Semifinals: beat Sharon 67-58.

PIAA tournament history: 10th appearance, 31-8 record.

PIAA championship history: Fifth appearance, 1-3 record. 2017: L vs. Neumann-Goretti 89-58; 2014: W vs. Math, Civics & Science 70-66; 2012: L vs. Constitution 68-49; 2011: L vs. Math, Civics & Science 70-55.

Projected starters:

6-3 sr. G Keeno Holmes, 513 pts

6-0 jr. G Isaiah Smith, 405 pts

6-0 jr. G Johnnie Bryant, 148 pts

6-3 jr. F Andre Wilder, 336 pts

*6-5 so. F Montae Reddix, 41 pts

*6-0 so. F Daquan Bradford, 26 pts

*Note: Either could start

News & notes: The Leopards (a charter school started 12 years ago playing out of Midland, west of Pittsburgh against the Ohio border) keep chugging along despite multiple injuries. 6-foot-6 starting center Tanner Mathos (212 points) broke his foot in the District 7 championship, and 6-3 sophomore reserve Dakari Bradford (115 points) tore his ACL at the start of the WPIAL tournament. ... Holmes (Allegheny College recruit) is the team’s best player, but Wilder just dropped 26- and 28-point bombs against Richland and Sharon. He’s small in the paint, but a force. And Smith, a Sewickley Academy transfer before the school year, is the 3-point specialist. Holmes and Smith both reached 1,000 points this season; Smith’s came on a 3 with 1:25 left against Sharon. Wilder and Holmes are the top rebounders with more than 100, and Smith (118 assists, 69 steals) and Holmes (139, 74) lead the team in assists and steals. ... They have won nine straight. At one point, 16 straight wins came by double digits. ... The Leopards have made six-plus 3s in eight straight. They also love to get out and run. ... Lincoln Park’s only title came in 2014. The top grossing movie in the U.S. that year was “American Sniper” ($350 million). The top song in March 2014, was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” which stood for 10 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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