Below is a preview of five must-see PIAA state tournament Quarterfinal Round games taking place this weekend in southeastern Pennsylvania. Fri., 3/17…Archbishop Ryan (12-2) vs. Radnor (1-1): This 5A quarterfinal is a highly anticipated rematch. Back in December Radnor (28-0)…
Below is a preview of five must-see PIAA state tournament Quarterfinal Round games taking place this weekend in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Fri., 3/17…Archbishop Ryan (12-2) vs. Radnor (1-1): This 5A quarterfinal is a highly anticipated rematch. Back in December Radnor (28-0) handed Ryan a 15-point loss. Ryan is playing much better basketball here in the post season. However, Radnor was missing 6’6” shooting guardin that regular season win. If Ryan is going to get its revenge, their man in the middle, (20 & 11 per; several DI offers) must have a monster game. Sorber will get support from DI perimeter prospects , , and . Radnor will continue to rely heavily on its 2023s. Included in that group is Princeton commit (20 ppg.; Central League POY), wing (11 ppg.), point guard (Rochester commit) as well as the previously mentioned Gaffney. Tipoff is at 7:15PM at Bensalem HS.
Sat., 3/18…Parkland (11-1) vs. Roman Catholic (12-1): Even though this 6A state quarterfinal is a matchup of district title winners, Roman (District 12 and PCL champion) is the heavy favorite. For Parkland to pull off a huge upset, junior superstar(23 ppg.) will have to shoot the lights out. He will get support from talented 2023 guard prospects Robbie Ruisch and Matt Ray. Roman Catholic will be led by 1st Team All-PCL guard (27 pts. in 2nd Rd win; St. Joe’s commit) and top ranked 2025 power forward (11 ppg. & 8 rpg.). Running with those two will be point-forward (9 ppg., 5 rpg. & 4 apg.; St. Joe’s commit) and combo guard Robert Cottrell (6 ppg.; 36% from 3). Tip-off is at 4:30PM at Norristown Area HS.
Sat., 3/18…Coatesville (1-9) vs. Archbishop Wood (12-3): Coatesville has its work cutout for them in this 6A quarterfinal, but they just might have the talent to pull off the upset. Junior backcourt standoutsand Dior Kennedy are their primary options. Athletic wing posted a monster regular season and must contribute for them on Saturday. Wood’s perimeter talent needs no introduction. Junior (multiple DI offers) is one of the most feared scoring threats in the region. Standout junior wing and sophomore guard are highly ranked prospects as well. Power forward (East Stroudsburg commit) is a double-double machine who provides some balance for the Wood lineup. Tipoff is at 1:00PM at Norristown Area HS.
Sat., 3/18…Executive Education (11-1) vs. West Catholic (12-1): Two extremely talented district title winners square off in this 3A state quarterfinal game. Executive is led by point guard Rylan Muniz and super sophomore. Hornberger posted a 15/10/10 triple double in Executive’s 2nd Round win. Big man (Rider commit) dominates the paint at both ends. WC’s roster is loaded, but it all starts with their standout backcourt tandem of point-god Adam “Budd” Clark (18 ppg.) and electric combo guard (18 ppg.). Both prospects were 1st Team All-PCL selections. Supporting those two will be wing Marcus Branker, Jr., and Swiss Army knife prospect . Tipoff is at 1:00PM at Schuylkill Valley HS.
Sat., 3/18…Devon Prep (12-3) vs. Trinity (3-1): On Saturday this 3A state quarterfinal contest will pit defending 3A state champion Devon Prep against Trinity (District 3-3A champs), one of the hottest teams in the region. DP features a trio of highly skilled players in stretch-4(18 pts. & 5 rebs. per; Army commit), wing (13 ppg. & 5 rpg.) and combo guard (14ppg.; 39% 3PM). Those three all played major roles for DP in last year’s state title run. Trinity will look to lethal scoring guard Owen Schlager to guide them to another win. Schlager is coming off a 40-piece in Trinity’s 2nd Round win. 6’11” senior forward Mike Bednostin and 6’7” combo forward Adelphe Cisse will give DP significant matchup problems on the interior. Tipoff is at 4:30PM at Gov. Mifflin IS.