EDINBORO — It’s playoff time for the DuBois Beavers and they’ll end a 16-day layoff when they take on District 10 champion McDowell at Edinboro University Saturday at 3 p.m.
It’s a PIAA sub-regional, or play-in game between the Beavers (11-10) and Trojans (21-3) with the winner advancing to the state tournament March 8 against the WPIAL third-place finisher, either North Allegheny or Kiski Area.
DuBois, the only Class AAAA school in District 9, hasn’t played since losing its regular-season finale at Brookville back on Feb. 12. Meanwhile, the Trojans won their district title after beating arch-rival Cathedral Prep, 66-52, on Tuesday. The Trojans had lost both regular-season meetings to Prep. Their only other loss was to Thomas Jefferson in December.
In the Trojans’ win over Prep, Michael Beck scored 17 points and Quinn Lewis scored 10 points.
DuBois and McDowell last met on the court in a similar setup back in 2005 when McDowell beat the Beavers, 71-56, also at Edinboro University. The Trojans outscored the Beavers, 45-28, in the second half.
The Beavers are back in the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. In 2012, They split their District 6-9 playoff games with a win over Altoona and loss to Mifflin County.
The Beavers have three players averaging double figures. Senior Hunter Lydick leads the way with 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He’s shooting an impressive 59 percent from the field. Juniors Beau Shepherd (11 ppg.) and Cole Kriner (10.9 ppg.) are also double-figure scorers.