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March 15, 2013

PIAA Boys Playoffs: Battle-tested 'Canes face tough Erie Prep



Sheldon Zablotny, a 6-foot senior guard, paces Erie Cathedral Prep at 18.9 points a game. He’s second in rebounding at 5.2 and second in assists at 2.8.

“He’s an excellent player,” Blundo said of Zablotny. “He’s got a legitimate jump shot from 3; he’s really the go-to guy in terms of scoring.”

Zablotny, who is being recruited by Division II schools, led the Ramblers with 21 points in the win over Hampton. He’s just the 10th player in school history to score over 1,000 points. Last year, Zablotny connected on the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Erie Cathedral Prep past Pittsburgh Central Catholic in the second round of the state playoffs.

“Sheldon is a very good player with a lot of experience,” Majewski said. “We play the game as a team, though.”

Matt Harris, a 6-2 junior guard, is next for the Ramblers at 13.7 points a game. He adds 3.8 rebounds a game as well.

“Harris is a great spot-up shooter,” Blundo said. “He plays hard. If you give him an inch, he will drill it.”

Conor Colpoys, a 6-3 senior forward, chips in 11.4 points and a team-best 6.1 rebounds a game. He also hands out 2.4 assists.

“Colpoys is a really effective interior player,” Blundo said. “He’s really strong with great footwork and he appears to be their emotional leader.”

Chris Francis, a 6-0 senior guard, is Erie Cathedral Prep’s defensive specialist.

“He guards extremely well,” Blundo said. “When I look at them, I see an excellent team defensively.

The Ramblers toss in 70.9 points a game, while surrendering 50.6.

“They will look to push it and they will try to get an easy one,” Blundo said. “They have a variety of different sets. Whatever it is they do, they do it all well.

“Defensively, they’re mostly a halfcourt man-to-man team. They put good ball pressure on and they’re really good in the gaps. They’re just an excellent basketball team.”

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