Big-name matchups highlight Saturday’s quarterfinals

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By Josh Verlin

When the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal locations were announced, Bensalem HS didn’t seem to be the best fit to host Reading vs. Chester.

First there was the location, in Chester’s home District 1–though Bensalem is certainly nowhere near Chester.

On top of that, Bensalem’s gym didn’t seem quite big enough to hold a game between the District 1 runner-up Clippers and District 3 champion Red Knights, whose two fanbases are amongst the largest and most devoted in the state.

So within three hours of the original announcement, the venue was moved to Temple’s Liacouras Center, whose 10,000 seats could be filled with the Chester and Reading faithful on Saturday at noon.

“I’d like to thank the PIAA for making that accommodation and really acknowledging both of our followings and our communities,” Reading head coach Rick Perez said. “This gives everybody a fair chance with the least stress possible to enjoy the game, not only the people from the Reading and Chester community but people who just enjoy watching basketball.

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