Imhotep Charter, Sankofa among teams set for second round of PIAA playoffs

Tyler Norwood and District 1 titlist Penncrest will face District 3’s Northeastern in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The PIAA boys’ basketball tournament will continue Tuesday with second-round games in Classes 5A, 4A, and A.

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Imhotep Charter’s Chereef Knox (center) is surrounded by teammates (from left) Danta Scott, Jamil Riggins and Bernard Lightsey.

Imhotep Charter opened its quest for a second straight Class 4A crown with a 76-30 rout of Kennard-Dale, and Sankofa Freedom emerged as a Class A title contender with an 80-59 romp over Girard College.

Here is a closer look at the second-round contests involving area teams.

Class 5A

Penncrest vs. Northeastern, at Garden Spot in New Holland, 7:30 p.m. Northeastern, undersized but athletic, is led by 6-foot-2 guard Antonio Rizzuto. The Albany recruit, who has played on despite a recently suffered fractured tailbone, averaged 26.4 points in four District 3 playoff games. Pick: Penncrest, 59-56.

Abington Heights vs. Chester, at Bethlehem Liberty, 8 p.m. Abington Heights, which last season reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champ Archbishop Wood, is spurred by a pair of forwards: 6-6 junior George Tinsley and 6-5 senior Jackson Danzig. Pick: Abington Heights, 62-54

York vs. Bonner-Prendergast, at Reading’s Geigle Complex, 7:30 p.m. York’s headliners are 6-2 guard Kyree Generett, 6-4 guard Clovis Gallon, and 6-3 guard Marquise McClean. Generett netted 28 points in the Bearcats’ 63-59, first-round win over Holy Ghost Prep. Pick: Bonner-Prendie, 60-50.

Milton Hershey vs. Bishop Shanahan, at Geigle Complex, 6 p.m. Hershey, which plays at breakneck speed and tries to exhaust its foes, is keyed by 5-9 guard Don’yae Baylor-Carroll (23 ppg.) and 6-2 forwards Pedro Rodriguez and Treyvon Ferguson. Pick: Milton Hershey, 73-65

Archbishop Carroll’s Luke House (14) is pressured by Wissahickon’s Carmen Ostroski (33) and Donovan Oliphant (2).

Archbishop Carroll vs. Lampeter-Strasburg, at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, 7:30 p.m. Lampeter-Strasburg’s catalyst is 6-10 forward Ryan Smith, an East Stroudsburg recruit, and 6-2 guard Isaac Beers. Carroll’s Luke House came through with 20 points, including four three-pointers, in a 66-59, first-round win over Wissahickon. Pick: Carroll, 67-48.

Class 4A

Conwell-Egan vs. Bethlehem Catholic, at Souderton, 7 p.m. Bethlehem Catholic’s stalwarts are 6-10 senior and Northeastern recruit Ryan Young, his brother Kyle, a 6-8 junior, and guards Justin Paz and DeAndre Gardner. Pick: Bethlehem Catholic, 63-49.

Imhotep vs. Scranton Prep, at Bethlehem Liberty, 6:30 p.m. Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle is a 6-8 junior who averages about 21 points and has a scholarship offer from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He racked up 32 points, eight boards and three blocks as the Cavaliers topped Valley View, 54-46, for the District 2 title. Pick: Imhotep, 76-45.

Khalif Washington (3) hugs teammate Cyrie Coates at the end of Overbrook’s 76-51 defeat of Lower Moreland.

Overbrook vs. Middletown, at Garden Spot in New Holland, 6 p.m. Junior guard and sixth man Khalif Washington scored 21 points as Overbrook, with a balanced attack and depth, blasted Lower Moreland, 76-51, in the first round. Middletown has a solid one-two punch in 6-4 wing Ryan Hughes and 6-foot forward Tre Leach. Hughes poured in 33 points as the Blue Raiders dispatched Montoursville, 66-57, in the first round. Pick: Overbrook, 62-55.

Class A

Plumstead Christian vs. Sullivan County, at Pottsville’s Martz Hall, 6 p.m. Spearheaded by guards Carson Curry (20 ppg.) and Kyle Elton (12.4), Plumstead Christian is enjoying its first appearance in states. Against Sullivan County, the Panthers must closely defend senior guards John Saxe and Alex Baumunk. Pick: Plumstead Christian, 55-48.

Millville vs. Faith Christian, at Pottsville’s Martz Hall, 7:30 p.m. Faith Christian (27-2) has capable scorers in floor general Darius Forney and wings Charles Ervin, Derian Bradford, and Landon Coyle. Pick: Faith Christian, 66-63, in overtime.

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Sankofa’s Scott Spann (23) goes for a layup against Lincoln’s Tyree Corbett (22).

Lourdes Regional vs. Sankofa Freedom, at Hamburg, 7:30 p.m. Sankofa centers its potent offensive attack around wing Scott Spann (19.2 ppg.) and 6-6 point guard Khalil Turner.  Spann, a 6-2 junior, delivered 25 points as the Warriors cruised past Girard College, 80-59, in the first round. Pick: Sankofa, 76-65.