The Dribbler: Playoffs drive him bananas

February 17, 2012 12:00 am

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The WPIAL playoffs begin tonight, and The Dribbler is out of his gourd. Which you already knew.

His excitement in this instance, however, is well-founded. He loves the tournament ... the traditions, the surprises, the clutch plays. This is the epitome of scholastic basketball in Western Pennsylvania.

The PG prognosticator believes all eight tournaments -- four boys, four girls -- are wide open, although he is expecting championships for Lincoln Park in boys Class A and Seton-LaSalle in girls Class AA. So he is fired up.

The Dribbler is eager to see the postseason performances of Kamic and Camic (Mt. Lebanon's Kamic Anyang and Serra Catholic's Brandon Camic), Shaler's Geno Thorpe, the high-octane New Castle boys, Highlands' Micah Mason, Gateway's Tyler Scott and Destiny Brown, Beaver Falls' Sheldon Jeter, and Oakland Catholic and Mt. Lebanon in girls Class AAAA.

He prefers that the WPIAL playoffs would not end, but knows they will -- and will lead to something else fabulous: the PIAA championships. Oh, how he savors spending the Sunday morning before they start, filling out bracket sheets from the lists of statewide qualifiers compiled by the PG's Ken Mrazik, who knows everything that is going on everywhere.

The Dribbler never has been accused of that, although he is coming off a second consecutive strong week. He went 11-6 with his predictions, giving him a season record of 74-35 (.679).

Let the playoffs begin:

Top boys games

Woodland Hills vs. Peters Township, Saturday, noon, at California University -- The Wolverines twice defeated reigning WPIAL champion Gateway en route to the No. 4 seed in Class AAAA. Led by Shakim Alonzo, they will advance to the quarterfinals. Winner: Woodland Hills.

Mt. Lebanon vs. Seneca Valley, Saturday, 3 p.m., at Chartiers Valley -- After an uneven start, Mt. Lebanon has been excellent. The Blue Devils will have a battle with the Raiders, but will prevail.

First Published 2012-02-16 23:22:20

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