Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pregame: California at Chartiers-Houston

Will be heading to Chartiers-Houston tonight for Bucs/Trojans, and I thought I would put some details and thoughts on here. Might even develop this into a regular winter feature, who knows.

California (0-0) at Chartiers-Houston (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last game: First game of the season for California; the Bucs beat Avella, 75-36, in the consolation game for the McGuffey tournament, getting 15 points from Kodie Hanley, 14 from Miles Williamson and 11 from Alec Ferrari.

Up next: California hosts Mapletown in a non-section game Thursday; Char-Houston begins Section 4-AA play at Seton-La Salle, one of the favorites.

What to watch: California has a great guard tandem: Tanner Huffman and Brian Fisher. Talked to one coach today who said they're like Pitt's Carl Krauser -- seems like they've been at California forever. Huffman (6-0) averaged 16 points and five assists game last year, Fisher (6-2) 16 points and seven rebounds per game. Evan Patterson is a force inside and pulled down four rebounds per game in 2011-12.

Senior guard Shayne Murphy is the offensive leader for Char-Houston and scored a team-high 14 points during a 55-54 loss to Western Beaver in the first game at McGuffey. Williamson (6-4) brings plenty of size. Williamson, Hanley and Ferrari have been in doubles figures in both games thus far.

Last year: California was 5-7 in Section 4-AA, 11-12 overall and lost to Shady Side Academy in the preliminary round; Char-Houston was 6-4 in Section 5-AA, 14-9 overall and lost to Riverside in the preliminary round.

Coaches: California is led by Phil Pergola; Chartiers-Houston is coached by Eugene Briggs. Pergola won a state title at Ringgold. This will be Briggs' third season at Char-Houston (record: 21-21) after coaching at Fort Cherry from 1996-2006.

See y'all out there. Should be a good one, for sure.

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