Huskies go for a third victory in month against the Panthers

Posted: March 21, 2007

The Public League will be on full display when Imhotep Charter and Prep Charter meet for a PIAA Class AA semifinal tonight right here in Philadelphia.

Some may say they don't truly embody the "Pub," but the smaller charter schools have proved to be the most effective in the state playoffs.

Prep Charter (25-4) already owns a state crown from last year and is looking to become to first Class AA school to win back-to-back championships since the PIAA added a fourth classification in 1984.

Trailblazing Imhotep (22-7) now runs smack into a squad it has lost to twice. The winner's reward - a possible date with powerful Aliquippa in the final in State College (Saturday, 2 p.m.).

Coaches

Imhotep Charter: Andre Noble.

Prep Charter: Dan Brinkley.

Last time they met

On Feb. 20, Prep Charter won, 52-50. The Huskies won the rematch in the District 12 Class AA championship five days later, 52-48.

Probable starters

Imhotep Charter

Jermaine Washington, 5-11, Sr., G

Will Adams, 6-3, Soph., G-F

Hanif Nixon, 6-5, Sr., F

Tamir Johnson, 6-6, Sr., F

Kashief Edwards, 6-6, Sr., F

Prep Charter

Kevin Radford, 5-10, Sr., G

Parrish Grant, 6-1, Soph., G

Jesse Morgan, 6-4, Soph., G

Marcus Morris, 6-9, Sr., F

Markieff Morris, 6-10, Sr., F

Knockout punch

Imhotep Charter: Washington and Johnson are headed to Central Connecticut State, while Edwards is Niagara-bound. All three take turns supplying the offense. Washington, though, runs the show, while Johnson and Edwards provide the inside force.

Prep Charter: The Huskies' super sophomores are no longer green. Morgan is your textbook wing. Grant has cut down on turnovers. And reserve forwards Ferg Myrick and Tyree Harris can spell the Morris twins when needed.

Weaknesses

Imhotep Charter: The Panthers aren't marksmen from outside.

Prep Charter: The Huskies sometimes arrive late to game, both literally and figuratively.

Analysis

With the teams relatively evenly matched, it's a tall order to ask Prep Charter to win three times in about a month. The Huskies have beaten Imhotep in three straight, counting a regular-season win last year. The twins don't scare Edwards and Johnson. But they do find ways to win.

Pick: Prep Charter, 59-57.


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com.

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