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Inter-Ac League boys' preview

Malvern Prep's bid to defend its Inter-Ac championship will be led by senior wing guard Brendan Kilpatrick, a Vermont recruit who averaged 16 points and drilled 43 three-pointers last season.

Also back for the Friars, who went 24-7 overall and 8-2 in the league, are point guard Steve Perpiglia and 6-foot-4 forward Tom Pitt, both seniors.

Malvern also will seek contributions from 6-4 junior guard Jimmy Gordon and 6-5 sophomore forward Jeff Hagan.

Chestnut Hill Academy (11-14, 5-5) is powered by three seniors: 6-5 guard Billy Dooley, 6-5 forward Malik Garner, and 6-2 guard Luke Mulvaney.

Dooley (11 ppg., 42 treys) and Garner (12.5 ppg., 7 rpg.) are headed for American and Maryland-Baltimore County, respectively. Mulvaney averaged 11.5 points and canned 33 treys.

CHA juniors Bobby Keyes (broken thumb) and Mike Hayes (concussion) are hoping to bounce back from injuries suffered in football.

Germantown Academy (14-14, 5-5) has to fill the void left by the departure of Jimmy Hammer (19.7 ppg., 77 threes).

The Patriots are fueled by five juniors: point guard Nick Lindner, 6-9 forward Julian Moore, 6-2 forward Earl Edwards, 6-5 forward Greg Dotson, and 6-2 guard James Drury.

The buzz at Haverford School (12-13, 5-5) surrounds the recent arrival of Tao Xu, a 7-foot, 260-pound junior center and member of China's 19-and-under national team.

The Fords, guided by new coach Henry Fairfax, also have senior guard Zach Thomas, 6-5 sophomore swingman Eric Anderson, and 6-6 junior forward Semaj Reed.

Lynard Stewart, who played at Simon Gratz and Temple, is now in charge at Penn Charter (9-17, 2-8).

The Quakers' catalysts are senior point guard John Moderski, and 6-8, 275-pound junior Mike McGlinchey. Sophomore Sean O'Brien and senior Nick Lamb, both guards, and 6-6 junior forward Dave Huber are part of the rotation.

Episcopal Academy (13-12, 5-5) brings back 6-4 senior swingmen Brian Metzler and Billy McAvoy, junior forward Adam Strouss, junior guard Matt Angelos, and 6-6 senior center Jack Schiel.

- Rick O'Brien