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By Jason Mackey
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Boys basketball championship

No. 1 Obama Academy vs. No. 3 Allderdice

Noon Saturday

At Obama Academy

Scoring leaders: OA: D.J. Porter 23.5; A: James Jackson 14.0

How they got here: After a first-round bye, Obama Academy beat No. 4 Carrick, 62-41, in the semifinals. Allderdice toppled No. 6 Brashear, 71-38, in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Perry, 71-61, in the semifinals.

Notable: Obama Academy won both regular-season meetings: 68-65 at Allderdice on Jan. 14 and 61-49 at home Feb. 7. The Eagles are trying to become the first City League team to win a title undefeated since Fifth Avenue in 1976. Obama Academy has wins over five WPIAL playoff teams, three that are still playing. Allderdice held Porter, an NCAA Division I-caliber player, to just eight points in the previous meeting. This is a rematch of the 2012 City League final, which Allderdice won 56-49. Creighton scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead all scorers in the last meeting. The winner faces the runner-up from the WPIAL in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs March 8.

Predicted winner: Obama AcademyObama Academy (22-0)

Coach: Nate Lofton

No. Name Pos Ht. Yr.

1 Calique Jones G 6-1 Sr.

5 Chris Noel F 6-1 Sr.

14 Alan Hord G 6-3 Sr.

20 D.J. Porter G 6-5 Sr.

34 J. Taylor-Lane G 6-2 Jr.

Allderdice (18-5)

Coach: Buddy Valinsky

No. Name Pos Ht. Yr.

20 D. Moultrie F 6-2 Sr.

22 James Jackson G 6-1 So.

23 Ramon Creighton G 6-2 Jr.

33 Timothy Jackson G 6-1 So.

34 Alex Bell F 6-4 Jr.

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