PIAA Tournament Semifinal Preview

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By COBL Staff

Archbishop Carroll (12-3) vs. Cathedral Prep (10-1)
Bald Eagle Area HS, Wingate, Pa.;  3/17/15 7:30 PM

Similar to fellow District 10 team West Middlesex in the AA bracket, Cathedral Prep has done nothing but beat WPIAL teams so far in the playoffs, knocking off 7-6 Hampton, 7-3 Ambridge and then 7-5 Mars, but the Patriots are going to present a whole new set of challenges. No team in the state has an athlete like Archbishop Carroll and UNLV-bound senior Derrick Jones, a high-flying 6-6 wing who’s been a matchup nightmare thus far in the PIAA tournament. He scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against New Castle in the quarterfinals, while junior guard Ryan Daly also continued a strong postseason with 19 points; another junior, speedy point guard Josh Sharkey, is another Division I recruit and name to know. These two teams played each other in last year’s Burger King Classic, with Carroll emerging victorious in a 47-35 decision. The Ramblers don’t have a ton of size, with 6-1 senior Matt Colpoys and 6-3 senior Joe Fustine doing much of the heavily lifting.

Prediction: Archbishop Carroll 65, Cathedral Prep 51

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