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Boys' PIAA basketball capsules

| Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The semifinal round features WPIAL teams Moon (Class AAAA), Jeannette (Class AA) and Serra Catholic (Class A).

Class AAAA semifinal

Who: Moon (23-7) vs. Norristown (31-1)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Shippensburg University's Heiges Fieldhouse

Notes: Brian Walsh, an Xavier recruit, scored almost half of the Tigers' points when he put up 30 in the quarterfinals against Central Catholic. Moon will try to get back to the PIAA championship for the first time since 2004, when the Tigers won it all. Norristown's only loss came to Philly-power Chester, who also is still alive in the PIAA playoffs. Norristown is 12-deep and scores most of its points off turnovers and in transition. Moon will have to contain Khalif Wyatt, who has a nice shot, and Russell Graham, who can drive to the basket.

Players to watch: Moon: Walsh, Keir Jeter; Norristown: Wyatt, Graham

Who could be next: Chester (31-1) or Pennsbury (30-2)

Radio: WMBA AM 1460


Class A semifinal

Who: Serra Catholic (28-2) vs. Kennedy Catholic (20-9)

When: 7 p.m., today

Where: Ambridge High School

Notes: Kennedy Catholic defeated Serra Catholic, 56-50, in the PIAA quarterfinals last season. With a win this time, T.J. Heatherington and Pat Grubbs, among others, would make their second trip to a PIAA championship game this school year. Serra Catholic lost in the state football title game to Steelton-Highspire. Kyle Randall hurt Serra Catholic last season, when he scored 18 points the playoff game.

Players to watch: Serra: Heatherington, Grubbs; Kennedy Catholic: Randall, Chace McKinney

Who could be next: Freire Charter (15-6) or Reading Central Catholic (18-2)


Class AA semifinal

Who: Jeannette (23-4) vs. North East (29-1)

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday

Where: Sharon High School

Notes: North East's only loss was 55-54 to Class AAAA McDowell. ... North East guard Matt Triana reached the 1,000-point plateau in North East's 66-60 victory over Farrell. ... Terrelle Pryor averages 22 points per game and has scored 2,245 points in his career. ... Shaw Sunder and Pryor each scored 21 in Jeannette's 86-60 victory over North Catholic. ... Jeannette defeated North East, 60-57, in double overtime last year.

Players to watch: Jeannette: Pryor, Jordan Hall, Sunder; North East: Triana, Bryan Kirsch and Michael Rouse.

Who could be next: Imhotep Charter (27-3) or Strawberry Mansion (22-5)

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