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Boys Basketball: Bishop Canevin to play District 10 champion in PIAA second round

Written by Brad Everett on .

Bishop Canevin rolled to a convincing win in its PIAA playoff opener.

It's second-round opponent did the same.

A pair of teams which claimed lopsided first-round wins will meet Thursday as Bishop Canevin (20-5) squares off against District 10 champion Wilmington (19-7) in a Class 2A second-round game at North Allegheny at 5 p.m. Bishop Canevin hammered Brockway, 74-38, in the first round, while Wilmington trounced Chartiers-Houston, 69-38.

Bishop Canevin will try to take its state playoff run one step farther after being eliminated by eventual champion Aliquippa in the second round of last year's playoffs. Mitchell King was the star in the win against District 9 runner-up Brockway. King poured in a game-high 27 points for the Crusaders, who led by 11 points at the half and outscored Brockway, 39-14, in the second half. Walter Bonds added 17 points and Kellan Gustine had nine. It was a great bounce-back win for the Crusaders, who lost to Sewickley Academy in the WPIAL semifinals.

Wilmington, which won its first District 10 title and first district title since winning a WPIAL championship in 1987, is looking to eliminate a WPIAL section champ for the second game in a row. The Greyhounds trailed Chartiers-Houston, 16-6, after one quarter before outscoring the Bucs, 63-22, the rest of the way to sprint to the resounding win. Spencer DeMedal led the Greyhounds with 19 points and Robert Pontius chipped in 17. DeMedal is a Duquesne football recruit.

The Bishop Canevin-Wilmington winner will play the Bishop McCort-Our Lady of the Sacred Heart winner in Saturday's quarterfinals.