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March 29, 2014

Alco dominates All-City team Eirich, Jessie, Nightengale, D’Atri first team

CUMBERLAND — Allegany’s Trenton Eirich, who led the league in scoring, foul shooting and three-point goals, heads this year’s All-City boys basketball team, selected recently by the league’s coaches.

Eirich is joined on the first team by teammates Darquel Jessie, Bryce Nightengale and Mario D’Atri. Also named to the first team were Tyler Michael and Dalton Gaus of Fort Hill.

Honorable mention went to Colton Sivic of Allegany and Kier Turner and Max Paver of Bishop Walsh.

Allegany dominated the City League, going 4-0 and averaging 84 points per game. Fort Hill was second at 2-2 and Bishop Walsh was 0-4.

• Eirich, a 6-1 senior guard, won the City’s triple crown by averaging 24.7 points per game and shooting 80.4 percent from the foul line (33 for 41). He shared the league lead in three-point goals with six.

For the season, Eirich led the Campers in scoring with a 19-point average, foul shooting at 81 percent (159 for 197) and three-point goals (36). He also averaged just under 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game.

• Jessie, a 6-3 junior forward, finished second in the league in scoring, averaging 17.2 points, and was also second in foul shooting, making 16 of 22 tries for 72.7 percent.

For the season, Jessie averaged 18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and had 17 rebounds against Crisfield in a state semifinal win. He was also a leader on Allegany’s stingy defense with 55 steals.

• Nightengale, a 6-4 senior forward, averaged 11.7 in league play and was also a force on defense. He led the Campers in rebounds, steals and blocked shots.

For the year, Nightengale averaged 12.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots. He had a team-high 56 steals.

• D’Atri, a 6-0 junior, finished fourth in the league in scoring with a 14-point average.

The quick, strong ball-handling point guard, who had 12 assists in a state tournament win over Crisfield, averaged 7.7 assists per game for the 26-game season. He averaged 10 points and was one of three Campers with 50 or more steals, ending up with 51.

• Michael, a 6-4 senior guard/forward at Fort Hill, was the league’s third-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per game in the four City games. He also finished tied for the league lead with six three-point goals.

For the season, Michael averaged 14.8 points, led the Sentinels in rebounds at 5.9 per game, and assists, with 2.9 per game, and also had 31 steals.

• Gaus, a 6-5 senior guard/forward, averaged 10.5 points per game in the league, and was fourth in foul shooting at 69 percent and fifth in three-point goals with three.

For the 24-game season, Gaus led Fort Hill in scoring with a 16.2 average, steals, with 45, and blocked shots, with 16. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and made 91 of 105 foul shots for an area’s best 86.6 percent.

Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at


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