MEYERS (20-7) vs. WEST CATHOLIC (12-13)
PIAA Class 2A Second Round
6 p.m. Wednesday, Bethlehem Freedom H.S.
What’s At Stake: The winner advances to the quarterfinals Saturday, playing the winner of the game between District 4 runner-up Loyalsock (25-3) and D12 third seed Delaware Valley Charter (18-7). Those teams play at 7 p.m. today at Cumberland Valley High School.
How They Got Here: District 2 champion Meyers defeated D4 third seed Towanda 58-35. D12 runner-up West Catholic topped D12 fifth seed Academy of Palumbo 61-40.
Scouting Meyers: Meyers is in the state playoffs for a fourth consecutive season and making its third trip to the second round. Both previous second-round games ended in losses to D12 champion Imhotep Charter — 56-33 in 2010-11 and 66-51 in 2011-12.
The Mohawks won the D2-2A title for a second straight season, but this one is a bit of a surprise. Only Tyriek Steward and Matt DeMarco logged significant minutes in 2012-13, and DeMarco joined the team after the season started after recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the football season. Meyers had to mesh them with a couple of transfers — Shahee Aurelus from Stroudsburg and later Lamont Twyman from GAR — and guys who didn’t get a lot of varsity minutes last season like Tyon Thomas, Ryan Wasley, Dominic Pittman and Curtis Blue.
The defense has been stellar as of late, surrendering 42 or less points in six of the last seven games.
Scouting West Catholic: The four PIAA boys tournaments started last weekend with 128 teams. Only five of them had losing records, and West Catholic was one of them. Considering the Burrs were 2-20 last season, the 12 victories are quite an accomplishment. They’re the most since the 2008-09 squad finished 16-11.
Another thing to consider is the schedule. West Catholic lost twice to both Neumann-Goretti and Constitution, which are favored to win the Class 3A and 2A state titles respectively this season. There were a few ugly losses, but the Burrs have won five of their last eight games.
West Catholic is in the second round for only the second time since Philaldelphia Catholic League joined the PIAA for the 2008-09 season. The Burrs advanced to the second round in 2009-10, losing to D2 champion Holy Cross 63-37.
West Catholic relies heavily on underclassmen headed by 6-foot-5 junior Jahmil Harris, who paced the team with a 10-point scoring average. He, junior Devonta Peterie and sophomore Josh Townsend all scored in double figures in the victory over Academy of Palumbo.