Wise opens AAABA play at Lilly

JOHNSTOWN – Wise Trailer Sales, the Altoona AAABA?League champion, drew Chicago South Shore in the first round of the AAABA National Tournament.

Wise will face the Satchel Paige All-stars at noon today at Lilly in the 16-team, double-elimination tournament.

Johnstown’s Laurel Auto Group plays Brooklyn at Point Stadium at noon, and Johnstown’s Martella’s Pharmacy faces Youngstown at Point Stadium at 7:30.

Lady Lions in Preseason WNIT

UNIVERSITY PARK – The three-time defending Big Ten champion Penn State Lady Lions will open their 2014-15 slate with the Preseason WNIT against Towson on Friday, Nov. 14 at noon as part of the 12-game non-conference schedule announced Thursday.

Of the Lady Lions’ eight known opponents in the non-conference slate, four teams participated in the postseason last year (2 NCAA, 2 WNIT).

“Our schedule will help this group of young players gain crucial game experience in non-conference play, while simultaneously, preparing us for the rigors of the new-look Big Ten,” Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington said. “Although we’ll have many new faces in new roles, our fans can still count on us to play a fun and exciting brand of basketball. The Bryce Jordan Center will definitely be rocking again this year.”

Fans will get their first look at the Lady Lions with an exhibition game against IUP on Sunday, Nov. 2. The Lady Lions will play at least three games as a participant in the Preseason WNIT, beginning with the opening-round game against Towson on Friday, Nov. 14. The second-round game will take place on Sunday, Nov. 16, followed by the third game of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 20. If the Lady Lions advance to the Preseason WNIT championship game, they will host the contest on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Penn State continues the season-opening homestand against St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, Nov. 25. The Lady Lions hit the road for the first time with the Georgia State Thanksgiving tournament on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30. Joining Penn State at the tournament are first-round opponent Middle Tennessee State, the host Panthers and Samford.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is next on the docket for the Lady Lions when they travel to Syracuse on Thursday, Dec. 4, before returning home to meet Wagner on Sunday, Dec. 7. Penn State is on the road again to visit Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 10 to close out the home-and-home series with the Hawks.

The Lady Lions close out the non-conference slate with home games sandwiched around final exams. Penn State will host Rider on Sunday, Dec. 14 and then welcome South Florida to the BJC on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Pitt men prevail

NASSAU, Bahamas – For the second consecutive game, the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team scored 100 or more points as it registered a 113-59 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars on Sunday at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

Following an off day, Pitt will play the Street Legends All-Stars on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and then the Atlantis All-Stars on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Michael Young led the Panthers with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

On Saturday, Senior Cameron Wright scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to lead Pitt to a 101-62 win over the Pyramid Food Rockets.