PIAA Class 3A Second Round
Wednesday, at Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, 7:30
Trinity: District 3 champion (21-5, Mid-Penn Capital)
Dobbins: District 12 two seed (19-9, Philadelphia Public League American Division)
Next round: Winner of 1-1 Valley Forge (24-5) vs. 4-2 Loyalsock Twp. (21-7), at Milton Hershey HS, 7:30
Coverage: Follow editor Jake Adams (@jakeadams520) on Twitter for updates, a recap and video highlights after the game
Notes: Dobbins beat Southern Columbia 61-50 in the PIAA opener Saturday. Dobbins is the home of Dawn Staley, a standout women’s basketball player and coach that graduated from the school in 1988, played at Virginia and was a two-time national player of the year and won three Olympic golds. She is a WNBA Hall of Famer and coached at Temple and then South Carolina, where she just led the Gamecocks to an NCAA championship in 2017. ... Trinity took down another District 12 squad, Tacony Academy, 63-47 in the first round.
Mustangs top players: Coached by Lou Williams. Balanced but not particularly high scoring, with four players averaging five points or more. Would be five, but junior Jymir Thompson (11.9 ppg, 23 3s) hasn’t played since Jan. 17. Senior-heavy bunch now led by Yochua Diaz (9.8 ppg), Antonio Lewis (8.0 ppg, 25 3s) and Dashawn Hockaday (7.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.7 spg, 21 3s). Thompson has been held to six combined points in the last two games, including a scoreless performance against Neumann-Goretti in the District 12 championship. Hockaday has two 20-point performances the past three games, including 25 in the PIAA first round. Sophomore Kasiem Andrews (4.2 ppg) will battle with Sean Good primarily, averaging 10.2 rebounds. Not a good team from the free-throw line — just 54 percent. Lacks height across the board; Andrews stands at 6-foot-5 as their tallest player.
Shamrocks top players: Coached by Larry Kostelac Jr. (34th season, 697-280 record). Team is hoping a sloppy performance at the free-throw line and at the rim is behind them. Winning with their B-game is a positive. Senior Jack Bucher (9.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) has some impressive court vision. Could take more of a scoring role, but doesn’t on a balanced offense. Kalen Veres (9.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) could have some success in this contest with his size (6-7, 225 pounds), as almost surely will 6-10 rim-protector Good (13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.4 bpg). Guards Matt Long, Patrick Walker, Mike Scarpelli and Anthony DeFrank must take care of the ball against a team averaging double-digit steals.