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Boys' Hoops: Closer look at Class AAAA first-round state games

Here is a closer look at the 11 PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball first-round games involving area teams:

Boys' Hoops: Closer look at Class AAAA first-round state games

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Junior guard Amir Hinton and Abington will begin play in the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament vs. District 11's Emmaus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Allentown.

Here is a closer look at the 11 PIAA Class AAAA boys' basketball first-round games involving area teams:

Chester (1-1) vs. Carlisle (3-7). The Clippers, led by Mahir Johnson and Tyrell Sturdivant, are vying for their third title in four seasons. Carlisle is led by 6-foot-3 forward Jordan Dockens (17.3 ppg), 6-6 forward J.D. Hughes (11.2), freshman guard Deshawn Millington (10.2), and guard Timmy Atkinson (7.8). Predicted winner: Chester.

West Chester Rustin (1-4) vs. Central York (3-4). Central York, which won the York-Adams League title for the first time in 40 years, are sparked by junior Sam Saxton (15.5 ppg.), senior Royce Clemens (10.9) and sophomore Charlie Gingrich (10.). Predicated winner: Central York.

Central Bucks West (1-5) vs. Parkland (11-1). Parkland, which averages 63.9 points per game, is paced by 6-1 senior swingman Justin Zajko (15.2 ppg.) and senior guards Nick Rindock (14.3) and Jimmy Hahn (8.2). The Trojans were eliminated by Roman Catholic, 64-48, in the first round in 2012. Predicted winner: Parkland.

Roman Catholic (12-1) vs. Oxford (1-9). The Cahillites, spurred by senior guards Shep Garner (Penn State) and Rashann London (Drexel), are expected to be without 6-6 junior TreVaughn Wilkerson (ankle injury) against Oxford. The Hornets' bid for an upset is headed by 6-foot senior Jordan Logan (15.2 ppg, 63 treys). Predicted winner: Roman Catholic.

Lower Merion (1-5) vs. Hershey (3-3). The Aces' bid to repeat is headed by senior swingman Justin McFadden (14.8 ppg, 31 treys). The Trojans, who have averaged 79.4 points in their last five outings, are spurred by 6-5, 250-pound senior Chase Watkins, who will play football at Bucknell, and 6-8 sophomore Dylan Painter.
Guards Jack Gunkel and Taylor Sweeney have combined for 96 three-pointers. Predicted winner: Lower Merion.

Conestoga (1-3) vs. La Salle (12-3). This is arguably the most evenly matched first-round contest. The Pioneers' catalyst is senior guard Zach Yonda, who will continue his career at Swarthmore. For the Explorers, who qualified for states with a 53-50 win over Central, 6-7 junior forward Dave Krmpotich is a Division I prospect. Predicted
winner: La Salle.

Spring-Ford (1-7) vs. Cedar Crest (3-2). First-year coach Chris Talley and the Rams are in the state tournament for the first time. Cedar Crest is ignited by 6-6 senior Andrew Eudy (10.4). Also in the mix are sophomore guard Evan Horn (10.0), junior guard Josh Bucher (7.9), and junior forward Nick Miller (7.4). Predicted winner: Cedar Crest.

Haverford High (1-10) vs. York (3-1). The Fords are making their first appearance in states in 44 years. Against the Bearcats, they will have to keep a close eye on 6-3 sophmore Jahaire Wilson, a solid rebounder who averages 14.4 points. Trey Shifflett (12.4) and Kristopher Johnson have each drilled 30-plus treys. Predicted winner: York.

Abington (1-6) vs. Emmaus (11-2). Abington is out to reverse back-to-back losses in the first round of states. Last year, the Ghosts were ousted by St. Joseph's Prep, 48-33, in opening-round action. Emmaus is led by 6-4 senior forward Nate Feiertag (16.4 ppg.) and freshman guard David Kachelries (10.2). Predicted winner: Abington.

Pennsbury (1-2) vs. Wilson (3-5). The Falcons, who had Chester on the ropes before falling short in last week's District 1 final at Villanova, are powered by a trio of seniors: guard Cameron Jones (82 treys), 6-8 center Derrick Woods, and guard Mekhi Bryant. Wilson will go as far as 5-11 senior Travaun Coad, a terror in the open court and impressive dunker, takes it. Predicted winner: Pennsbury.

Martin Luther King (12-2) vs. Cumberland Valley (3-6). The Cougars are looking to bounced back from a close to Roman Catholic in the District 12 final. Cumberland Valley is keyed by 6-5 senior forward Matt Tamanosky (19.4 ppg.) and 6-2 senior Gray Kline (13.1). Another contributor is 6-1 senior guard John Peterson (8.6). Predicted winner: Martin Luther King.

 

Rick O'Brien Inquirer Columnist
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