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EPC releases basketball playoff brackets

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.

In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Tuesday, Feb. 14 at a site and time to be determined.

At the bottom of the bracket, Pocono Mt. West earned the three seed and will host a red-hot Parkland team, which is the sixth seed. Below that bracket, Allen, the second seed, will play host to seventh-seeded Stroudsburg.

The winners of those brackets will square off also on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at sites and times to be determined.

The boys finals are slated for Friday, Feb. 17.

On the girls side, Becahi cruised through the league with an unbeaten mark so the Hawks will be the top seed and play host to city-rival Freedom, which squeezed in as the eighth seed.

This game will take place Friday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. with the Becahi boys immediately afterward.

Parkland picked up a big win over Northampton Wednesday to secure the four seed as well as a home-court game against Pocono Mountain West, the fifth seed. The winner of this game faces the Becahi-Freedom winner.

In the bottom brackets, Nazareth gets the third seed and will face the Kids, who fell to the sixth seed. Nazareth and Northampton split their season series with the Kids winning the most recent game.

Easton is the two seed and will host seventh-seeded Stroudsburg with the winners of these games facing off.

Second round games take place Wednesday, Feb. 15, with the finals on Friday, Feb. 17.