PIAA Class AA & AAAA: Second-Round Preview (March 9)

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By Josh Verlin

The PIAA playoff second round began on Tuesday night with the Class A and AAA brackets, and continues this evening with the AA and AAAA tournaments.

Here’s a look at all of Wednesday night’s games that involve area teams:

Chester (1-2) vs. Spring-Ford (1-5)
Where: Cheltenham HS; Wyncote
When: 7:00 PM
How they got here: Chester def. Hempfield (55-46); Spring-Ford def. Spring Grove (74-43)

Skinny: It’s a District 1 showdown for a spot in the quarterfinals as the Clippers and Rams meet for the first time this year. Chester (21-7) presents a matchup problem for any team in the state with its depth and size — no fewer than six members of the rotation stand 6-5 or taller — and Spring-Ford will need to make sure this game doesn’t get into a track meet or volleyball contest on the boards. For that, the Rams (21-7) will need strong games from the perimeter trio of Matt Gnias, Nigel Cooke and Charles Drummond, who combined for 47 points in the win over Spring-Grove, but they’ll also need a big effort from 6-6 Cameron Reid inside. Spring-Ford will have to figure out a way to slow down Chester’s big scoring wings, senior Stanley Davis and Marquis Collins, from getting loose inside, but a 3-point contest benefits the Rams.

Webmaster’s note: If you can’t make the game you can listen to it LIVE right here on Delcohoops.com.  Our broadcast will begin at 6:45. Click on the Game-of-the-Week logo on the left hand side of this page.

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