What to look at for in WPIAL sports activities on Feb. 23, 2021: Playoff brackets to be unveiled | Trib HSSN


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 12:32 am

Christopher Horner | Tribune review

Shady Side Academy’s Rian Fitzgerald drives to the basket during their game on February 17, 2021 at Fox Chapel against Omar Faulkner of South Allegheny.


Christopher Horner | Tribune review

Shady Side Academy’s Thompson Lau (right) celebrates with Owen Martens after defeating South Allegheny at Fox Chapel on February 17, 2021.

Welcome to the biggest party the WPIAL has ever hosted.

Everyone was invited, and 235 boys and girls basketball teams took part in the 2021 open basketball playoffs.

Each game in the preliminary round, the first round, the quarter-finals and the semi-finals is played on the home court of the higher-ranked team.

The preliminary rounds are played on Saturday and Monday, the first round matches on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, the quarter-finals on March 5th, 6th and 8th and the semi-finals on March 9th, 10th and 11th .

Here is the breakdown for each bracket:

Boys class 6A: 17 teams, one preliminary round match

Boys 5A, Boys 3A, Boys 2A: 23 teams, seven preliminary round matches

Boys 4A: 21 teams, five preliminary round matches

Boy A, girl 6A: 15 teams, top seed gets a goodbye in the first round

Girl 5A: 26 teams, the largest field, eight preliminary round matches

Girl 4A: 19 teams, three preliminary round matches

Girl 3A: 18 teams, two preliminary round matches

Girl 2A: 21 teams, five preliminary round matches

Girl A.: 13 teams, the three best seeds get a goodbye in the first round

The district boys and girls basketball clips will only be revealed here on HSSN during the WPIAL Basketball Playoff Pairings Show on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hello neighbor

Some of the best boys basketball games to be played in 2021 will be held in a 1.2-mile area east of the city of Pittsburgh.

Just over a mile separates Fox Chapel and Shady Side Academy.

The Fox Chapel’s two neighbors have dominated in their respective classifications. On the way to Monday they are overall 26: 3.

The Shady Side Academy is 11-1 and will be one of the top three seeds in the brackets of Class 3A, with an outside chance of earning the best seed.

Fox Chapel is 15-2, and if not the top seed in Class 6A, it will be the No. 2 seed for the second postseason in a row.

The Foxes host the Bulldogs on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a marquee matchup.

Sparty versus Prexie

Brentwood and Washington were # 1 and # 2 in boys’ basketball sections 4-3A all season.

On Tuesday they meet in Washington with first place or part of first place at the second meeting of the season between the two.

On January 30th, the Spartans used a great third quarter to take control of the top spot in the section with an exciting 55-54 triumph over the Little Prexies. Chase Rosing scored 18 points for Brentwood while Tayshawn Levy led Washington with 17 points.

Since then, Brentwood has lost first place and lost the section games against McGuffey and Charleroi.

Washington have won five games in a row since that defeat.

You can hear this 3A showdown on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on HSSN.

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