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Hoops: Preview of PIAA District 1 Class AAAA Tourney

PIAA District 1 Class AAAA Boys' Basketball Tournament

Hoops: Preview of PIAA District 1 Class AAAA Tourney

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Look for Rondae Jefferson and Chester to repeat as District 1 Class AAAA champions, with a win over Lower Merion on March 1 at Villanova.
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PIAA District 1 Class AAAA Boys' Basketball Tournament

Here is a round-by-round projection of the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball tournament.

First Round:

Chester def. W.C. Rustin; W.C. Henderson def. Strath Haven; C.R. North def. Harriton; Upper Darby def. North Penn; Norristown def. Plymouth Whitemarsh; Cheltenham def. Ridley; Abington def. Oxford; Penn Wood def. Perkiomen Valley; Lower Merion def. Conestoga; Spring-Ford def. Penncrest; Hatboro-Horsham def. Spring-Ford; Coatesville def. Kennett; Great Valley def. Harry S Truman; Wissahickon def. C.B. South; Bensalem def. Methacton; Souderton def. Pennsbury.

Second Round:

Chester def. W.C. Henderson; C.R. North def. Upper Darby; Norristown def. Cheltenham; Abington def. Penn Wood; Lower Merion def. Spring-Ford; Coatesville def. Hatboro-Horsham; Great Valley def. Wissahickon; Souderton def. Bensalem.

Quarterfinals:

Chester def. C.R. North; Norristown def. Abington; Lower Merion def. Coatesville; Souderton def. Great Valley.

Semifinals at Temple:

Chester def. Norristown; Lower Merion def. Souderton.

Final at Villanova:

Chester def. Lower Merion, 65-52.

The 10 teams, in order, to qualify for the state tournament:

1. Chester

2. Lower Merion

3. Norristown

4. Souderton

5. Coatesville

6. Abington

7. Great Valley

8. C.R. North

9. Penn Wood

10. Hatboro-Horsham

Biggest first-round upset: No. 27 Bensalem over No. 6 Methacton.

Best first-round matchup: Wissahickon vs. C.B. South.

Best second-round game: Penn Wood at Abington.

Biggest second-round upset: No. 10 Coatesville over No. 7 Hatboro-Horsham.

Best quarterfinal game: Coatesville at Lower Merion.

Five possible sleepers: No. 27 Bensalem, No. 22 Pennsbury, No. 20 Cheltenham, No. 19 Wissahickon, No. 12 Penn Wood.

Lowest seed to qualify for states: No. 12 Penn Wood.

All-Tournament Team: Rondae Jefferson, Chester; Richard Granberry, Chester; B.J. Johnson, Lower Merion; Luke Kelley, Norristown; John Kanas, Souderton.

Top big men to watch: Chester's Richard Granberry (6-7); Lower Merion's Yohanny Dalembert (6-7), Norristown's Josh Johnson (6-6); Great Valley's Mikal Bridges (6-6); Norristown's Jahbri Hargrove (6-5).

Top long-range shooters: Darius Robinson, Chester; Cameron Jones, Pennsbury; Chris Rowland, C.R. North; Matt Forrest, Methacton; Zach Quattro, Hatboro-Horsham.

-Rick O'Brien

Inquirer Columnist
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