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Boys Basketball: 2017 East Season Recap

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Latrobe came into the season as a favorite to win the first WPIAL Class 6A championship.

And, for a while, the Wildcats appeared they would live up to the promise.

Latrobe finished tied with Penn Hills and Fox Chapel for the Section 2 title and earned the No. seed in the WPIAL playoffs.

Only they didn't last very long.

After a first-round bye, Latrobe was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Butler. Thanks to the Golden Tornado pushing through to the championship game, the Wildcats got a reprieve and were pulled into the state tournament. But it was short-lived respite as they were knocked out in the first round by WPIAL-champion Pine-Richland in an 83-82 nail-biter.

Franklin Regional struggled for much of the season, but the team was also dragged into the Class 5A state playoffs where it won a 52-51 rematch with a Moon squad that knocked it out of the WPIAL tournament. The Panthers, though, could not advance any further as they dropped an 80-64 decision to Meadville in the second round.

Greensburg Central Catholic went into the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs undefeated and relatively unchallenged, but despite having the No. 1 seed the Centurions could not get past the semifinals where they were upset by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

They did regroup and won two rounds of the state playoffs before they fell to WPIAL and eventual state champion Sewickley Academy in the quarterfinals.

After losing almost its entire starting lineup from its 2016 Class 4A state runner-up squad, Allderdice was supposed to struggle this season. Though the Dragons weren't dominant, they were still good enough to win their fourth consecutive City league crown and blew through North Hills in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs before losing to Pine-Richland in the second round.