Class A Boys: Sullivan County (20-6) vs. Plumstead Christian (18-10)
at Martz Hall, Pottsville, 6
Sullivan playoff road: In District 4, beat St. John Neumann, 54-46; lost to Millville, 39-20; beat Meadowbrook Christian, 45-28; in states, beat Pottsville Nativity, 49-43
Sullivan leading scorers: John Saxe, 15.9; Alex Baumunk, 10.7; Sam Carpenter, 8.3
Sullivan notes: The Griffins have reached the second round of states for the fourth time since 2012 and could become the first team in program history to reach the quarterfinals if they win tonight. Sullivan raced out to a 19-10 first-quarter lead against Nativity and held off repeated second-half comeback attempts. Saxe scored 13 points and Baumunk added 11. Dave Pardoe was excellent inside, scoring nine points and helping Sullivan crash the boards well. Sullivan was a fairly inexperienced team entering the season, but captured a share of the Mid-Penn championship and has won 16 of its last 19 games. The Griffins ended Neumann’s 5-year District 4 title reign and are the only team that has beaten Neumann in districts since 2010. Dylan Hottenstein had a big game in the first of two late-season Neumann wins and Justin Metzger hit a clutch 3-pointer to help seal the win. Jesse Williams came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points against Meadowbrook and freshman Jalen Thomas was big in a 47-41 win against Jersey Shore in which Sullivan erased a 14-point third-quarter deficit.
Plumstead playoff road: in District 1; beat Jenkintown, 48-45; lost to Girard College, 61-43; beat Philmont Christian, 58-54; in states, beat York Country Day, 62-50
Plumstead notes: The Panthers feature a nice blend of size, shooters and quickness. Guard Carson Curry averages 20 points per agme and is one of three especially strong shooters. He also is a good defender who made 97 steals as a sophomore last season. Point guard Kyle Elton has hit a team-high 67 3-pointers and also is a dangerous scorer as is center Drew Grow who has 51 3-pointers. Plumstead has made an eight-win improvement from last season and played both last year’s Eastern semifinalists, Faith Christian and Girard College, late in the season. It handed District 3 champion York Country day a first-round loss after it had reached the second round and quarterfinals the past two seasons.
Winner plays: District 4 runner-up Millville or District 1 champion Faith Christian