In Pennsylvania's Class AAAA, nationally ranked Chester headlines four boys basketball state championship matchups Friday and Saturday at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center.
Senior guard Maurice Nelson, younger brother of Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson, leads the way for the 30-1 Clippers as they enter the game heavily favored over Mount Lebanon of Pittsburgh (27-3).
Chester is ranked No. 22 by MaxPreps and No. 23 by ESPN Rise.
In beating playoff opponents by an average score of more than 18 points, Chester, a metro Philadelphia school, looks to do what it does best - pressure an opponent into submission.
In a 180-degree contract of styles, Mount Lebanon will do its best Princeton impression and slow down Chester as it has other playoff opponents.
In defeating Penn Wood 52-48 in the semifinals, Mount Lebanon knocked off a team coming off back-to-back finals appearances, including a state championship in 2009.
In Class AAA Friday night action, Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia (26-4), the only boys team with a chance at repeating, takes on Montour (23-7) , a suburban Pittsburgh school. For Montour, this is the school’s first-ever trip to a state final.
Neumann-Goretti is led by point guard and MaxPreps top-100 player Lamin Fulton, a St. Peter’s commitment. Similar to Chester, Neumann-Goretti relies on pressure to force turnovers and will look to use a speed advantage.
Montour is led by sophomore two-sport star Devin Wilson, who is already receiving Division I interest from a number of colleges.
Pennsylvania finals at a glance - All Games ET
Friday @ Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State
3 p.m. - MCS Charter vs. Lincoln Park Charter
8 p.m - Neumann-Goretti vs. Montour
Saturday, March 26 @ Bryce Jordan Center - Penn State
2 p.m - Imhotep Charter vs. Greensburg CC
7 p.m. - Chester vs. Mount Lebanon