Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WPIAL Class AAA basketball playoffs breakdown

Class AAA
Top seeds: 1. Chartiers Valley, 2. New Castle, 3. Hampton, 4. Laurel Highlands
Bits and pieces: Chartiers Valley is the only undefeated WPIAL boys team and the Colts - without a starter taller than 6-2 - average an astonishing 86.4 points per game. CV also averages 12 three-pointers per game. ... Blackhawk is the defending champion but the Cougars struggled down the stretch. ... Thomas Jefferson easily won Section 5 and enter the playoffs at 17-5 but were seeded eighth and face Blackhawk in the first round. ... The field features several of the WPIAL's top offensive teams, including Highlands. ... Trinity is making its first postseason since the 2002-03 season.
Sleeper: Greensburg-Salem
Championship: Chartiers Valley over Greensburg-Salem

Top seeds: 1. New Castle, 2. Indiana, 3. West Mifflin, 4. Hampton
Bits and pieces: Top-seeded New Castle beat Butler - the No. 2 seed in Class AAAA - last week. ... Hampton is the defending champion but the field also includes South Park, which won the WPIAL Class AA title last year. The Eagles finished fourth in Section 4, arguably the toughest in the classification with West Mifflin, West Allegheny and Chartiers Valley. ... Hampton averages less than 50 points per game and played in Section 1, where only Mars averaged more than 50 points. ... McGuffey, once one of the worst girls teams in the WPIAL, is making its second straight playoff appearance for second-year head coach Mike Calvert.
Sleeper: South Park
Championship: West Mifflin over New Castle

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