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“TALE OF THE TAPE” for 6A Round 3 (3/18/17) and “6A Round 2 Synopsis” by: James Nelson Stewart

“TALE OF THE TAPE”  by: James Nelson Stewart
PIAA Class 6A  Round 3 Breakdown for Saturday (3/18/17) & Round 2 Synopsis
The 2nd round proved as unpredictable as the 1st round as 2 more favorites fell. This
has been Pennsylvania’s version of March Madness.
The Cinderella of the 1st 2 rounds has been The Hempfield Knights. Hempfield led by
6-5 Jr Ryan Moffatt has upset both William Allen, of
Allentown and the Williamsport Millionaires, who had won 14 straight games heading
into that contest. Hempfield won 62-57 over Allen by shooting 20-32
from the field and they won 49-45 over Williamsport by shooting 30-38 from the charity
stripe. In Round 3, Hempfield will challenge Archbishop Ryan of
the Philadelphia Catholic League. Ryan has won their 1st 2 games over Parkland, from
District 11 and over Giant slayer Central Dauphin East.
Another not quite Cinderella story has been Emmaus, out of District 11. Emmaus has
won 2 very close games in these playoffs. The first over a Very Good Cheltenham team
and that game came down to the last play as
Emmaus won 68-67. Then in a shocker heard around the
state, Emmaus shocked District 3 Champion and one of the favorites to win the title
Harrisburg 64-61. But the reason it’s not as much of an
upset to die hard High School basketball fans is because of the “TWINS”. David and
Matt Kacheries, are the star guards of Emmaus. They are
very exciting and capable players. When you have experienced guard play like those 2
players bring at this time of the year, anything can happen.
Carlisle is on a roll again. After beating Coatesville in the 1st round, they came back
and beat Lincoln, out of the Public League of Philadelphia, by 16
points. This team is led by exciting and athletic guard Deshawn Millington, a 6-1 Sr
(Young Derrick Rose clone). In the 3rd round, they will face Emmaus,
for the right to go to the Final 4 of the state playoffs. The “Twins” vs Millington alone is
worth the price of admission. That’s 3 guards that are 4 year Varsity
players and each have scored over 1000 points. Buckle up, this one should be fun.
Reading has taken care of business on their side of the bracket. After a 1st round win
over North Penn 58-45, the Red Knights beat a Very tough
Perkiomen Valley team in a hard fought 62-50 victory. The Red Knights are capable of
going on very large runs, at any time of the game to
change the momentum. The 1-2 punch of Lonnie Walker and Tyrone Nesby is very
formidable. But The Red Knight go 8 deep with capable players
who fill variety of roles. And they are going to need that depth going against Plymouth
Whitemarsh, of District 1. This will be their 3rd consecutive
District 1 opponent. But PW is the best and deepest of all of the team they have faced
from District 1. PW made it to the 3rd round by beating
Pocono Mountain West 66-63 in a CLASSIC high school game. (See game recap) PW
boasts their own set of “Twins” in Ahmad and Ahmin Williams.
(Ahmin is out the season with a foot injury) PW is a battle tested group that will not give
up no matter the circumstances. This game has a chance
to be a classic because neither team wants to lose and they are both battle tested
teams willing to go the extra mile.
Pine Richland (26-1) meets Butler (19-9) for the 4th time this season.
It’s hard to beat a team 4 times. Pine Richland is led by #5 Sr G 6-4 Andrew Petcash,
who averaged 21 points a game. He is supported by #21 So C 6-6 Andrew Kristofic (11
pts a game) and Notre Dame Football Commit #22 6-5 G Phil Jurkovec
(16 pt per game). Butler counters with #25 6-4 Freshman Guard Ethan Houston. The
question is can they break through on attempt #4.

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