High School Sports

BASKETBALL

Sto-Rox heads to second

round of WPIAL playoffs

BY KEN HOHMAN

The Sto-Rox boys basketball team enters the WPIAL playoffs as the second-seeded team in Class AA. 

This year, the Vikings played against eight of the teams that made the WPIAL playoffs in non-section games. Missing the first playoff seed by the closest of margins, three of the Viking’s six losses were decided by one point. 

Three teams from their section also made the playoffs.  

The 16-6 team is led by high scoring senior Malik Smith, who, at 6 foot 2 inches, averaged 20 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 blocks. 

Other notable player stats:

• Senior A.J. Nelson, center, 14.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals

• Senior Jamil Williams, guard, 10.3 points, 4 assists, 3 steals

• Senior Jamal Williams, 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 steals

• Sophomore Corey Simmons, starting lineup, 5.7 points, 3 rebounds. Simmons will be replacing Wil Drexler, who is not eligible for the playoffs because of the new PIAA transfer rule. 

The bench is solid, with senior Devonte Johnson averaging 7.9 points per game and dropped 37 three-pointers this season. Senior Jaidon Berry brings solid defensive skills from the bench, averaging three rebounds and two steals a game.  On the paint, backup Junior Diontae Givens averages 2.9 points and 3.5 rebounds and senior Myeir Woodard, at 6 foot 5 inches, averages three rebounds in relief. 

The Vikings will play Brentwood on Feb. 21 in round two of the WPIAL Playoffs. 

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