Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pregame: Peters Township (4-8) at Washington (10-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last game: Peters Township dropped its fourth straight, 60-52, to Baldwin in overtime on Friday night, despite 34 points from Gabe Pritz.

Washington lost to Seton-La Salle, 50-45, on Tuesday night. Josh Wise scored a game-high 25 points, but the Prexies didn't get enough secondary scoring.

Up next: Peters Township hosts Canon-McMillan (3-3, 8-6) in Section 4-AAAA action Tuesday night. ... Washington plays at Burgettstown (2-3, 6-8) in a Section 4-AA contest Tuesday night.

Last year: Wash High went 13-10 and lost to Elizabeth Forward by two in the WPIAL Class AAA preliminary round. The Prexies dropped down to Class AA this season. ... At Chartiers-Houston's Hoopfest, Wash High earned a 66-64 win over the Indians, who were 12-12 and reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Coaches: Peters Township is led by Gary Goga ... Wash High is coached by Mark Gaither.

Analysis: Screw that whole section thing. Peters Township needs a win. Any win.

Not only have the Indians dropped four straight and five of six, but four of those five losses have been by eight points or less, two by two points.

If the loss to Seton-La Salle proved anything, it's that Wash High is capable of stopping big men, not so much when it comes to shifty guards. (Dale Clancy, all 5-8 of him, slashed his way through the Prexies' defense for 18 points. Malik White and Levi Masua, 6-4 and 6-5, had seven points between them.)

Pritz can play inside and outside, though my (Monopoly) money says he'll have more success on the perimeter and driving to the hoop in this one. Nick Parello and Dakota Norton are also the mold of player capable of giving Wash High fits.

As for Peters, I'm thinking they'll try to defend Wise. (Took me a while to come up with that one, right?) But would you allocate too many resources on Wash High's role players? Probably not until they prove they can take advantage.

Bottom line, Peters Township needs this game, very likely more than Wash High does. A win here can get the Indians on a little role; they have Canon-Mac, Mt. Lebanon and Moon in a seven-day stretch starting Tuesday.

None, of course, are cakewalks. But all are winnable.

On the other side, watch for Wash High to try some things in an attempt to generate offense from someone other than Wise.

See you out there.

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