Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Vincentian boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.
(Photo: Vincentian Academy's Greg Kaniecki and his teammates will have to rebound well to defeat Clairton. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"As the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team attempts to defend its WPIAL Class A title, a familiar name stands in its way.
In Friday's WPIAL Class A quarterfinal, Vincentian (21-2) will play Clairton (10-6) at 6:15 p.m. at West Allegheny in a rematch of last season's district final. But there won't be much to be gained from looking back at last season's meeting, because most of the high-profile players on the Bears' side in that game are long gone.
Clairton lost all five starters and a few key reserves from last season's WPIAL runner-up. With a new group of starters, the Bears started just 5-4 before winning five of their past six games, including a 55-51 overtime win Friday against Sewickley Academy in the first round of the WPIAL tournament.
"The report I got on them is that they are very athletic," Vincentian coach George Yokitis said. "The Matthews kid, who is their quarterback in football, is very adept at playing basketball, too. He dominates the boards.""