Boys Basketball: 2014 East WPIAL Quarterfinal Preview

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Class AAAA

East teams still alive (4) - Hempfield, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area, Gateway


No. 6 Hempfield (21-2) vs. No. 3 North Allegheny (20-3) at Penn Hills, 2:30 p.m., Saturday -- Hempfield put away Mt. Lebanon by the time the first half was over in their first round game. The Spartans took a 22-point lead into the half en route to a 74-56 win. Logan Hunter led three Spartans in double figures with 19 points.

No. 2 Hampton (20-3) vs. No. 7 Franklin Regional (16-6) at Penn Hills, 1 p.m., Saturday -- Franklin Regional continues their hot streak, winning their last eight games including their first round win against Seneca Valley, 70-59. Junior Matt Fisch led the Panthers with 18 points.

No. 12 Gateway (14-9) vs. No. 13 Kiski Area (16-5) at Plum, 2:30 p.m., Saturday -- Both Gateway and Kiski Area picked up first round wins on Wednesday over higher seeded opponents. The Gators made it look easy against Upper St. Clair with a 68-50 win. Senior Delvon Randall led the Gators with 21 points. The Cavaliers won their first playoff game since 2010, 50-40 over Plum, behind a game-high 17 points from Mike Simmons.

Class AA

East teams still alive (1) - Greensburg Central Catholic

No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic (20-2) vs. No. 7 Quaker Valley (21-2) at Peters Township, 1:30 p.m., Saturday -- The Centurions advance to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight year after a 73-56 win against Laurel in the first round. Brian Graytok led GCC with a game-high 20 points.

Class A

East teams still alive (1) - Wilkinsburg

No. 3 Monessen (18-5) vs. No. 6 Wilkinsburg (13-7) at Baldwin, 8 p.m., Friday -- Isaiah Pete led the Tigers to a 74-62 win against Union in the first round with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. The Tigers and Greyhounds will be meeting for the second time this year. The Greyhounds got the best of the Tigers back on Dec. 21 with a 73-51 win.