Boys Basketball: 2014 North WPIAL Quarterfinal Preview

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Class AAAA

North teams still alive (2) – Hampton, North Allegheny

No. 2 Hampton (20-3) vs. No. 7 Franklin Regional (16-6) at Penn Hills, 1 p.m., Saturday – A WPIAL finalist the last two seasons, Hampton plays its first game since blowing out Peters Township, 61-26, last Saturday. Ryan Luther scored a game-high 27 points for the Talbots, who held Peters Township to the lowest point total by a Class AAAA team in a playoff game since 1988. Franklin Regional used a 19-9 second-quarter edge to defeat Seneca Valley, 70-59, in the first round. Matt Fisch paced the Panthers with 18 points.

No. 3 North Allegheny (20-3) vs. No. 6 Hempfield (21-2) at Penn Hills, 2:30 p.m., Saturday – North Allegheny is in the quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season. The Tigers easily dispatched of Norwin, 66-36, Wednesday. Mike Fischer scored 14 points for the Tigers, who outscored Norwin by 20 points in the second half. Hempfield is fresh off its first playoff win since 2003. The Spartans topped Mt. Lebanon, 74-56. The Section 1 champions got 19 points from Logan Hunter.

Class AAA

North teams still alive (1) – Mars

No. 8 Mars (15-8) vs. No. 1 Chartiers Valley (22-1) at Montour, 8 p.m., Friday – Mars went overtime to edge Steel Valley, 67-61, in the first round. John Castello was excellent for the Planets, scoring 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Chartiers Valley made history Tuesday in a 95-62 win against Mount Pleasant. The Colts drained a WPIAL playoff record 21 3-pointers. Cousins Matt McConnell and Jerrad Tuite both made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points. The Colts were the runner-up to Montour last season.

Class AA

North teams still alive (2) – Avonworth, Quaker Valley

No. 6 Avonworth (17-5) vs. No. 3 Aliquippa (17-5) at North Allegheny, 1:30 p.m., Saturday – Section 6 champion Avonworth earned its first playoff victory since 2001 when it hammered Frazier, 80-43, Wednesday. Eric Gallupe scored 15 points for the Antelopes and Garrett Day added 14. Aliquippa is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. The Section 2 champion Quips got 16 points from Jassir Jordan and 14 from Patrick Anderson in a 59-41 first-round win against Chartiers-Houston.

No. 7 Quaker Valley (21-2) vs. No. 2 Greensburg C.C. (20-2) at Peters Township, 1:30 p.m., Saturday – Winter Fondi had a night to remember in Quaker Valley's 64-47 first-round triumph against Apollo-Ridge. Fondi finished with a triple double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The Quakers are in the quarterfinals for the fourth year in a row. Greensburg C.C. continued its terrific season last time out with a 73-56 win against Laurel. Brian Graytok scored 20 points for the Centurions, who are in the quarterfinals for the fifth year in a row.

Class A

North teams still alive (2) – Vincentian, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

No. 2 Vincentian (21-2) vs. No. 10 Clairton (10-6) at West Allegheny, 6:15 p.m., Friday – It's a rematch of last year's championship game, one in which Vincentian won, 86-74. Vincentian had little difficulty getting past Trinity Christian in the first round last Friday. Jay Cortese scored 18 points to lead the Royals to an 85-44 win. Clairton had a much tougher first-round game. The Bears defeated Sewickley Academy, 55-51, in overtime. Rashead Pacley paced the Bears with 14 points and Isaiah Hollis chipped in 13.

No. 4 North Catholic (14-9) vs. No. 5 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (18-5) at Cornell, 8 p.m., Friday – Like Vincentian, North Catholic will try to reach the semifinals for the fourth year in a row. The Trojans began the postseason with a 75-45 win against Winchester Thurston. Timon Gribbin knocked down seven 3-pointers among his 24 points for the Trojans. OLSH got 20 points from Cameron Johnson to blowout St. Joseph, 86-36, in the first round. The Chargers led by 28 points at the half and never looked back.