Thursday, February 23, 2017

Boys Basketball: District XI Playoffs Start Tonight

Tonight, after what seems like an eternity, the PIAA District XI playoffs finally get under way. The kids at Allentown Central Catholic made this poster for my grandson Dat, and he loves it.

Allentown Central Catholic, seeded at #7, had to crawl its way into the playoffs this year, but I am predicting right now that they will upset #2 seed Blue Mountain tonight at magnificent Martz Hall in Pottsville.(7 pm) They came together at the end of the season and had some clutch wins against Becahi and Whitehall in he final two weeks.

There will be two other 5A games tonight.

Pottsville, always a threat, will face Southern Lehigh at Blue Mountain. (7 pm)

Mikey Esquilin and the Whitehall Zephyrs will say Hi to East Stroudsburg North at Allen gym. (7:30 pm).

The #1 seed Bangor, gets a bye. My second prediction is that if they eventually face either Central or Whitehall, it will be bye-bye.

The 1A is playing, too.

Notre Dame East Stroudsburg faces  Tri-Valley at Minersville (7 pm)

Salem Christian will take on Susquehanna Community at Allen (6 pm)

Top-seeded Lincoln Leadership gets a bye.


Anonymous said...

Routing for Allen to win District 11 6A. Hoping for an eventual Allen vs. Reading match up, would be one of the more interesting basketball games in Eastern PA in quite some time. I've even wondered where they would play, Martz Hall or maybe in the KOP/Valley Forge area. Winning District 11 is no formality either as Emmaus and Parkland could knock Allen off on a good night.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm rooting for Allen to go all the way.

Anonymous said...

I see the Morning Call is predicting PM West in District 11. They have some players and gave Allen a bit of trouble in the EPC Tournament.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I'll stickj with Allen. PMW is very good, though.