PIAA Class 6A Quarterfinals
Saturday, at Reading Geigle Complex, 4
Carlisle: District 3 five seed (20-8, Mid-Penn Commonwealth)
Emmaus: District 11 four seed (22-6, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division)
Next round: Winner of 7-2 Butler (19-9) vs. 7-1 Pine-Richland (26-1), at North Allegheny HS, noon
Coverage: Follow reporter Geoff Morrow (@RageAgainstGMo) on Twitter for updates, a recap and video highlights after the game
Notes: Emmaus pulled off the upset of the District 3 champs, beating Harrisburg 64-61 on Friday. Green Hornets’ first ever trip to the state quarters. Carlisle beat a frustrated Lincoln 85-69 to return for the second straight year to the state quarters.
Top players: For the Green Hornets: Coached by Steve Yoder. Starts with the 6-foot Kachelries twins, senior guards David and Matt. David Kachelries (23.5 ppg, 67 3s, 74.7 FT%), an NJIT commit, is the program’s all-time leading scorer now, breaking Roy Stauffer’s 1,746 mark. Matt Kachelries (16.2 ppg, 59 3s, 74.5 FT%), a PSAC recruit, sank the deciding free throws Thursday night against Harrisburg for career points 1,000 and 1,001. Emmaus got 24 from David and 14 from Matt on Thursday, and the team is 72-37 during their four years in green and yellow. Zach Sabol (so., 9.5 ppg) and Josh Artis (jr., 6.3) fill out primary scorers. Hornets love the 3-pointer, having jacked 179 of them this season. ... For the Thundering Herd: Coached by Andre Anderson. Deshawn Millington (19.3 ppg) scored 21 for the second straight game against Lincoln on Thursday and is averaging 22.5 his past four games. Nate Barnes (7.1 ppg) continued his tough play since being inserted into the starting lineup as the dirty-work man, with 11.5 ppg and 14.5 rpg in states. Herd got bounce-back games from Ethan Houston (12.7 ppg) and Gavyn Barnes ( 13.5), who had 14 and 16, respectively. Will have to correct Thursday’s 30-of-50 performance from free-throw line.
Anderson’s scouting report: “We know what they have. We got to watch a lot of them today, I got some newer film on them today. … They got some players.”
On the Kachelries brothers: “They’re not just shooters, that’s the thing. … After seeing them in a full game, you can’t believe of the stuff they can do. They got some jazz to them. … They backdoor cut like crazy. The game revolves around those two.”
On where Carlisle matches up best: “As always, in order to make a good run at states, you need good guards. And I’ve been saying it all year, we have good guards. … It’s just the right people stepping up at the right time.
“They have a big kid looks just like Ethan, they have a scrappy kid looks just like Nate Barnes.”
On playing at Reading High School: “At this point, man, we’ll play anybody, anywhere, anytime. … We know what we have, we believe in ourselves.”
On returning to quarterfinals: “We all knew we’d be where we’re at.”