The Dribbler: Playoffs an upsetting time for him

February 24, 2012 12:00 am

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The opening weekend of the WPIAL playoffs was an upsetting time for a number of teams and for The Dribbler, who likes underdogs but isn't good at correctly forecasting their triumphs.

He missed on two Class AAAA boys games Saturday: Peters Township's comeback victory against Woodland Hills and Seneca Valley's defeat of Mt. Lebanon, his darkhorse.

But neither surprised him as much as the Class AAAA girls game between No. 3 seed Gateway, led by Baylor recruit Destiny Brown, and No. 14 Upper St. Clair. The PG prognosticator could not envision a first-round defeat being Gateway's destiny, so he didn't even proffer a prediction ... to his good fortune.

But this, as the hoary cliché goes, is why they play the games, and why The Dribbler is a playoff aficionado. He also loves some of the names that emerge in pressure situations.

Being shut out in the first half was a jarring experience for Micah Mason, and could have been for the Highlands boys team. But the Rams stayed close then rallied -- as did Mason -- for a victory against Southmoreland.

In boys play, Carrington Motley's crew (Sewickley Academy) advanced, Markel Peace was in a tranquil mood following Union's triumph, and Lincoln Davis scored nearly one score (19 not 20) to spark Central Catholic. And the Allderdice girls team is thankful Janay Bottoms isn't from the Bottoms area of McKees Rocks.

The Dribbler had an odd week, finishing 10-5. That gave him a season mark of 84-40, a .677 accuracy percentage.

Here are his predictions for this weekend's matchups, including a Dragons double feature Saturday afternoon:

Top boys games

Allderdice vs. Obama Academy, Saturday, noon, at Peabody -- The City League championship game pits teams that split their two regular-season contests, each winning a close one at home. Obama has been sizzling, winning its past 11 games. Because of that, and because this is an election year, The Dribbler likes the new kids. Winner: Obama Academy.

First Published 2012-02-23 23:19:11

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