Boys' Hoops: Preview of Class AAAA second-round playoffs


Second round

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Junior Dave Krmpotich and La Salle will play District 3 runner-up Cedar Crest in a PIAA Class AAAA second-round contest at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Coatesville High.



Hazleton Area (22-4)

Coach: Mike Joseph.

Finished second in the Wyoming Valley Conference's Division I.

Projected Starters

Sal Biasi 5-11 Sr. G (26.6 ppg.)

Brett Barron 6-0 Sr. G (11.9 ppg.)

Jon Fogarty 5-11 Sr. G (10.1 ppg.)

Kyle Karmonick 6-3 Sr. C

Reynal Santana 6-3 Jr. F

Key reserves

Chris Woodring 5-11 Sr. G

Will Hierro 6-0 Sr. Wing

Hunter Samec 6-6 Sr. F

Notes. The Cougars, who are in the state tournament for the first time since 2010, average 70.8 points per game. They shoot 73.1 percent from the line. ... Biasi holds the school's all-time scoring record with 1,753 points. He is going to Penn State to play baseball. Fogarty, despite his size, attacks the glass on both ends.

Chester (23-5)

Coach: Larry Yarbray

Fourth straight district title; 11th in 13 seasons; 23rd overall

Projected Starters

Khaleeq Campbell 5-6 So. G

Conrad Chambers 6-0 Sr. G

Adeolu "Gabe" Adesina 6-8 Sr. F

Tyrell Sturdivant 6-8 Sr. F

Mahir Johnson 6-2 Sr. G

Key reserves

Keyonte Watkins 5-8 Jr. G

Brewster Ward 6-3 Sr. G

Marquis Collins 6-7 So. G-F

Jahmi Bailey 6-3 So. G

Notes. Sturdivant (15.7 ppg.) and Johnson (18.7 ppg.) came over from Glasgow (Del.)...Sturdivant is headed for Stony Brook... Johnson has drawn interest from Coppin State and Philadelphia University...Sturdivant had 17 points and 18 boards in district final vs.

Predicted winner: Chester.


Parkland (21-5)

Coach: Andy Stephens.

Projected starters

Jimmy Hahn 5-9 Sr. G (8.2 ppg.)

Justin Zajko 6-1 Sr. G-F (15.2 ppg.)

Nick Rindock 6-3 Sr. G (14.3 ppg.)

Nick Selvaggi 6-4 Sr. F

Sam Iorio 6-5 Fr. F (7.7 ppg.)

Key reserves

Devante Cross 6-2 So. G

Ryan Keller 6-0 Sr. G

Alex Mitton 6-4 Sr. F

Notes. The Trojans average 63.9 points and allow 53.3 … Won seventh district title overall, second in a row and third in six years with a 60-33 victory over Emmaus. … Parkland was eliminated by Roman Catholic 64-48 in the first round in 2012. Last year, the Trojans defeated Ridley, 63-53, in the first round before losing to Great Valley, 64-61. … The 2009 district champs reached the state quarterfinals and the 2004 team went to the state final before losing to Penn Hills.

West Chester Rustin (18-10).

Coach: Keith Cochrane.

Placed fourth in District 1 playoffs.

Projected starters

Ethan Ridgeway 5-10 Sr. G

Tyler Blake 6-3 Jr. F

Brennan Halverson 6-5 Jr. F

Dane Anderson 6-1 Jr. G

Andrew Chobany 6-2 Jr. G

Key reserves

Matt McCarrick 5-10 Sr. G

Alonzo Matthews 6-6 Sr. F

Justin Ammerman 6-1 Jr. G

Notes. Ridgeway was the Ches-Mont League American Conference's most valuable player. ... Chobany is a three-point threat. He drilled four in the third quarter of a 72-56 loss to Chester in the District 1 semifinals. Ridgeway had six assists vs. the Clippers.

Predicted winner: Parkland.



Lower Merion (22-7)

Coach: Gregg Downer.

Defending state champion.

Aces placed fifth in District 1 tournament.

Projected starters

JaQuan Johnson 5-11 sr. G

Corey Sherman 6-0 Jr. G

Jule Brown 6-6 Jr. F

Justin McFadden 6-4 Sr. G-F

Steve Pendleton 6-0 Jr. G

Key reserve

Nick Jones 5-11 Jr. G

Notes. McFadden, a Binghamton commit, is averaging 14 points per game. ... Sherman has drilled 62 three-pointers...Brown is receiving Patriot League interest...Aces defeated Chester in last year's state final.

Roman Catholic (23-4)

Coach: Chris McNesby

Catholic League runner-up.

Projected starters

Tony Carr 6-1 So. G

Rashann London 6-2 Sr. G

Shep Garner 6-1 Sr. G

Manny Taylor 6-6 Jr. F

Gemil Holbrook 6-4 Jr. G-F

Key reserves

D'Andre Vilmar 6-2 Fr. G

Paul Newman 6-7 So. F

Notes. TreVaughn Wilkerson, a 6-foot-6 junior, has been sidelined with an ankle injury. ... The Cahillites lost 6-5 senior forward Carnell McGirt to a torn meniscus during the Catholic League playoffs. ... Garner and London will play at Penn State and Drexel, respectively.

Predicted winner: Roman Catholic.



York (23-6)

Coach: Troy Sowers.

District 3 champion

Projected starters

Brandon Smallwood 6-4 So. F

Kristopher Johnson 6-5 So. G

Trey Shifflett 5-11 So. G (12.4 ppg.)

Jahaire Wilson 6-3 Jr. G-F (14.4 ppg.)

D'Montie Shaw 6-1 Jr. F

Notes. Bearcats have won 15 of last 16 games. ... Wilson, a terrific rebounder and shot blocker, was named MVP in the district tournament. ... Shifflett and Johnson are three-point threats.

Abington (23-5)

Coach: Charles Grasty.

Projected starters

Matt Penecale 6-2 Jr G

Anthony Lee 6-3 Jr. G-F

Khari Jefferson 6-5 Sr. F

Lazaros Mackrides 6-5 F

Amir Hinton 6-2 Jr. G

Key reserves

Jordan Neely 5-10 jr G

Mark Bond 6-6 Sr. F

Juan Barrow 5-11 Sr. G

Notes. Penecale, a three-year starter, is the floor general. ... Lee missed the early part of the season due to injury suffered while playing QB in football. ... Mackrides is the top three-point threat.

Predicted winner: York.

Cedar Crest (26-5)

Coach: Tom Smith.

District 3's runner-up

Probable starters

Seth Daubert 5-8 Sr. G

Josh Bucher 5-9 Jr. G

Nick Miller 6-1 Jr. F

Andrew Eudy 6-6 Sr F (10.6 ppg.)

Evan Horn 6-0 So. G (10.1 ppg.)

Key reserves

Zach Gristick 6-0 Sr. G

Jimmy Kern 5-8 Jr. G

Dominic Garloff 5-9 Jr. G

Soren Frost 6-0 Jr. G

Andrew Eberhart 6-7 jr F

Notes. Bucher (42) and Gristick (30) have combined for 72 treys.

La Salle (20-6)

Coach: Joe Dempsey.

Projected starters

Najee Walls 5-11 Jr. G (9.9 ppg.)

Chuck Champion 6-0 So. G

Dave Krmpotich 6-7 Jr. F (11.5 ppg.)

Jalen Herdsman 6-5 Jr. F

Shawn Witherspoon 6-0 Jr. G (9.4 ppg.)

Key reserves

Sean Greenberg 6-3 Sr. G

Dan Corr 6-1 Jr. G

Langston Ellison 6-3 Jr. F

Notes. La Salle reached Catholic League semis before losing to Roman Catholic. ... Krmopitch has a scholarship offer from Lafayette. He had 18 points vs. Conestoga...Witherspoon had season-high 19 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists vs. Conestoga. ... Explorers committed only 8 turnovers (3 in first 24 minutes) vs. Conestoga. ... Walls (11 points vs Conestoga, including two treys), Champion and Corr are three-point threats.... In 2011, La Salle reached state quarterfinals before losing to eventual champ Chester, 68-50.

Predicted winner: Cedar Crest.



Pennsbury (23-5)

Coach: Bill Coleman.

Placed second in Suburban One League National Conference.

Reached the District 1 final for first time since 1999.

Projected starters

Steve Ciotti 5-10 Sr. G

Mekhi Bryant 5-11 Jr. G

Derrick Woods 6-8 Jr. C

Nigel Johnson 6-2 Sr. G-F

Cameron Jones 6-2 Jr. G

Key reserves

Walter Allen 6-1 Sr. G-F

Lewis Troh 6-1 Sr. G

Notes. Woods, a force in the playoffs, has a scholarship offer from Binghamton. ... Jones has drilled 80-plus three-pointers. ... Bryant has an offer from Holy Family.

Martin Luther King (24-5)

Coach: Sean Colson.

Won Public League championship.

Runner up in District 12 playoffs to Roman Catholic.

Projected starters

Jabri McCall 6-0 So. G

Sammy Foreman 6-1 Jr. G

Jahmir Taylor 6-8 Sr. F

Chase Rodgers 6-6 Jr. F

Greg Bennett 6-3 Sr. G-F

Key reserves

Brandon McNair 6-5 Jr. F

Xzavier Malone 6-3 So. G

Notes. Last season, the Cougars lost to eventual champ Lower Merion, 63-50, in the second round of states. ... Foreman transferred to King after Vaux, last year's Class A state champ, closed its doors last June.

Predicted winner: Pennsbury.