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Pittston Area playoff bound


February 19. 2013 1:07AM
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It came down to the last game of the season, but the Pittston Area boys‚?? basketball team is in the district playoffs.
The Patriots win over Wyoming Area, coupled with Lake-Lehman‚??s loss to Wyoming Seminary on Friday night, earned Coach Alan Kiesinger‚??s cagers the final Wyoming Valley Conference berth in the upcoming District 2 Class 3A playoffs.
According to Dispatch calculations (WVC berths are determined by a complicated point system), Pittston Area will take on Crestwood ‚?? the WVC top seed - on Friday, Feb. 24 in the district quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined. The Comets beat the Patriots twice this season.
Dallas and Tunkhannock will be second and third WVC seeds depending on the result of their Division II championship game. Holy Redeemer is the fourth WVC seed.
Scranton Prep is the top Lackawanna League Class 3A team and has earned a berth into the district bracket. The winners of last night‚??s Valley View v. Abington Heights and Honesdale at North Pocono will be the other LL representatives.
The Class 3A semis are Tuesday, Feb. 28 with the championship tilt on Friday, March 2.
The official District 2 brackets should be released today, and can be found at .
Pittston Area will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 team out of WVC according to Dispatch numbers. The Lady Patriots are currently tied with Crestwood for those two spots.
A win in the WVC Division I title game by Pittston Area tomorrow would earn it the third seed, but a loss drops them to No. 4 as Crestwood holds a tiebreaker advantage in victories over teams in the same class.
Should the Lady Patriots take the third seed, they would face the Valley View-Honesdale winner on Feb. 25 at a site and time to be determined. If they are the No. 4 seed they would take on top Lackawanna League seed Scranton Prep.
Holy Redeemer is the WVC top seed and Nanticoke is the No. 2 seed. Dallas is No. 5.
The Class 3A semis are Wednesday, Feb. 29 with the title game set for Saturday, March 3.
Old Forge will earn either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed based on a coin flip held today by the District 2 committee. The Blue Devils finish tied With Susquehanna for the top record in the Class 1A field with all tiebreakers being exhausted.
A win of the flip sets Old Forge up with a game against MMI Prep, the No. 4 seed. Should the Blue Devils lose the flip, they will take on Forest City.
The Class 1A semis are set for Tuesday, Feb. 28 with the championship game slated for March 2.
Old Forge is the second seed, finishing one game behind Forest City for the top seed in the District 2 Class 1A Girls‚?? playoffs.
Despite a worse overall record, the defending champion Lady Foresters earned the top seed with an 11-3 Lackawanna League Division III record while Old Forge went 10-4 in the LLD2. The Blue Devils ‚?? who beat the Lady Foresters on the road in mid December ‚?? finished the season at 15-6 while Forest City finished at 11-9.
The other teams in the tournament include, No. 3 seed Northwest (13-8), No. 4 seed Blue Ridge (2-19), No. 5 seed Susquehanna (2-20), and No. 6 seed MMI Prep (2-19).
The quarterfinals will take place Saturday, Feb. 25 with the semifinals scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29. The title game will be held Saturday, March 3. All games will be played at a neutral site.


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