Bears open up districts tomorrow at Emmaus
PV's Jarius Hosier
DISTRICT 11 AAAA BOYS
No. 10 Pleasant Valley (13-11 overall)
at No. 7 Emmaus (11-11 overall)
TIPOFF: Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmaus High School
COACHES: Pleasant Valley - Ken Piontkowski. Emmaus - Steve Yoder.
LEADING SCORERS: Pleasant Valley - Marquis Brown (Jr., C, 12.65 ppg), Devon Howard (Sr., G/F, 12.08 ppg), Bryan Sharpe (So., G, 5.13 ppg), Dan Hrbek (Sr., G, 4.42 ppg), Sekou Jones (Sr., F, 4.38 ppg); Emmaus - Nate Feiertag (Jr., G/F, 15.68 ppg), Derek Tannous (Sr., G, 11.43 ppg*), Joe Nicolini (Jr., C, 9.38 ppg*), Gabe Shankweiler (Sr., F/C, 7.95 ppg), Dan Brndjar (Sr., G, 7.10 ppg*).
GAME NOTES: Emmaus was the No. 1 seed in last year's playoffs, but is still in search of its first District 11 title since 1986 … Pleasant Valley won its last and only district title in 1998 … Both teams have qualified for the district playoffs each of the last two years … The Green Hornets' streak is actually at three years, as the last time they failed to qualify was 2009 … The Hornets did not play in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs despite having a 9-5 league record … Pleasant Valley lost to Pocono Mountain West in the Mountain Valley Conference championship for the second straight year last Friday … Of the teams' seven common opponents, Emmaus went 5-2 and defeated Parkland in the process … Pleasant Valley went 3-7 (1-4 vs. LVC) against those teams, beating Northampton, Eastburg South and Stroudsburg once …The Bears have played 16 games against an opponent with a .500 record or better and are 7-9 in those contests … These two teams met in the district playoffs in consecutive years in 2005 and 2006. The Hornets won the first meeting 54-41, while the Bears won the second 59-52 … The 2006 win against Emmaus was Pleasant Valley's last district victory … The last time the Bears advanced past the D-11 quarterfinals was 2004 … Emmaus reached the finals in 2007.
QUOTABLE: "Emmaus has a lot of balance with five guys averaging at or above seven points-per-game. You can't really focus on one guy, although Feiertag is definitely their main threat and somebody we have to pay extra attention to. They are all on the tall side, but most of our guys aren't that short either so I think it will make for a pretty good game." - Pleasant Valley head coach Ken Piontkowski.
* - averages do not include points vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic