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PIAA Class 2A play-in round

TONIGHT

BOYS

Muncy (4-3) vs. Northern Bedford (4-3)

Teams: Northern Bedford Black Panthers (11-14); Muncy Indians (13-12).

Site, time: Muncy Area High School, 6 p.m.

The coaches: Northern Bedford — Shawn Hicks (21-27, two years). Muncy — Jason Gresh (98-75, 16 years).

Playoff path: Northern Bedford — defeated Rockwood, 56-53, in the District 5 quarterfinals; lost to McConnellsburg, 65-41, in the District 5 semifinals; defeated Conemaugh Township, 59-57, in the District 5 consolation. Muncy — defeated Sayre, 57-48, in the District 4 quarterfinals; lost to North Penn Mansfield, 68-55, in the District 4 semifinals; defeated Canton, 63-49, in the District 4 consolation.

Starting lineups: Northern Bedford — G Jaden Fernandez (24, 5-10 jr., 7.1), G Jake Cherry (20, 6-2 sr., 12.5), F Andrew Foor (34, 5-10 jr., 6.6), F Isaac Drenning (10, 6-0 sr., 13.3), C Jacob Dasher (30, 6-3 sr., 16.9). Muncy — G Nathan Paisley (1, 5-8 jr., 8.4), G Noah Rymsza (3, 5-7 so., 5.9), G Jeffry Fry (4, 5-8 sr., 19.7), G Peyton Hulyo (10, 5-11 sr., 3.3), F Matthew Coyner (21, 6-0 jr., 10.7).

Key reserves: Northern Bedford — G Case Donaldson (14, 5-7 so., 4.0). Muncy — G Dylan Wilt (2, 6-1 so., 2.0), G Kolby Moyer (23, 5-9 so., 2.0), F Nick Paternostro (25, 6-2 sr., 2.0).

Who they get: The winner plays Halifax (3-1) in a PIAA first round game on Saturday at Central Dauphin East High School.

Notable: This game was arranged between Districts 4 and 5 since they had an identical number of 2A boys teams. Next year, the District 5 team will host the play-in contest. … The Panthers are making their 11th interdistrict appearance. They’ve won their opening game four of the last seven times. … Northern Bedford only has had its full rotation together for about the last 10 games. Cherry missed the first 14 contests, while Fernandez has sat out 11 games. … Dasher and Fry both are 1,000-point career scorers. … Coyner averages a double-double. … Muncy is making its third trip to states with Gresh as head coach. The Indians made it to the PIAA semis in 2003 when he was an assistant.

— Philip Cmor

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