CENTRAL CATHOLIC (Dist. 11 No. 2) vs. BISHOP McDEVITT (Dist. 3 No. 2)
When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pottsville's Martz Hall
At stake: A berth in Friday's quarterfinals against either Neumann-Goretti (Dist. 12 champ) or Manheim Central (Dist. 3 No. 4)
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (17-10)
•Coach: Dennis Csensits (third season, 71-14)
•Projected starters: 5-10 Jr. G Zay Jennings 19.9 ppg; 6-0 Sr. G/F Ben Pratt 10.6 ppg; 6-1 Sr. F Jack Nosovitch 4.4 ppg; 6-4 Fr. F Shackyll Dezonie 5.6 ppg; 6-0 Sr. G/F Bryce Maley 6.8 ppg
•Key reserves: 6-4 Fr. F Kevin Kern 1.9 ppg; 5-9 Fr. G Jay Vaughan 3.6 ppg; 6-3 Jr. F Alex Friel 2.8 ppg
•About the Vikings: Average 55.6 ppg, allow 51.4 ppg. ... Rebounded from the District 11 title-game loss to Pottsville with a resounding 71-36 rout of Milton Area in the first round of the state tournament. … The Vikings led 8-0 at the outset, 16-3 after one quarter, and coasted to one of their most impressive victories of the season. … Jennings led way with 28 points, 21 in the second half. He had five of the team's six 3-pointers. Dezonie had a career-high 17 points. Dezonie also had nine rebounds. … Defeated Bishop McDevitt 82-55 in the second round of last year's state tournament, also held at Pottsville. In that game, CCHS trailed 22-13 early in the second quarter but responded with a 33-6 run. However, the big performances that night were by players who are no longer at CCHS — Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Brendan Wagner and Brian McCarthy. … CCHS and McDevitt have a long history against each other. On March 10, 1970, CCHS won its 15th PCIAA Eastern title by beating McDevitt, 91-76. … CCHS also beat McDevitt 60-41 in the 2000 Eastern semis and 81-66 in the 1986 Eastern semis.
BISHOP McDEVITT (21-5)
•Coach: Mike Gaffey (first season)
•Projected starters: 6-1 Sr. G Reggie Hopkins (9.7 ppg); 6-0 Jr. G Nick Gemmell (4.9 ppg); 6-4 Sr. G Milik Gantz (18.5 ppg);6-4 Sr. Mark Ray (15.6 ppg); 6-4 Jr. F
•Key reserves: 6-4 Jr. F Kyree Calli (4.8 ppg); 6-0 Jr. G Alex Marsico (0.9 ppg); 6-1 Sr. F Tyler Stoner (4.1 ppg).
•About the Crusaders: Average 72.1 ppg, allow 59.6 ppg. … Advanced with an 80-71 win over District 12's Audenried Universal in Friday's first round. Gantz had 22 points, Ray added 20 and Williams chipped in 17. … They made 31 of 45 foul shots. … Lost to Steel-High 70-67 in the District 3 finals after beating Steel-High twice during the regular season. … Gantz is a first-team Mid-Penn Keystone Division all-star. He has been offered scholarships by Manhattan College, Rider, Radford, Boston University and Sacred Heart and has received interest from numerous other Division I schools. … Ray is a Mid-Penn Keystone honorable mention selection. … Gantz, who has 1,216 career points, is the only returning starter from last year's team, although Ray and Williams played significant minutes off the bench. …Gaffey, a 1982 graduate of Bishop McDevitt, previously coached at Annville-Cleona, Steel-High, Palmyra and Susquenita. He led Palmyra to a District 3 title in 1996, and most recently went 71-62 in five seasons at