Mcglawn, Chelts top Wis­sahickon

The Globe - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

Both Chel­tenham and Wis­sahickon came into the game un­de­feated at 3-0 in the Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can, so at the end of the night one team was go­ing home with that ugly one in the loss col­umn. rn­for­tu­nately for the Tro­jans, the Pan­thers can at­tack the mid­dle, a vul­ner­a­bil­ity that haunted them so far this sea­son.

“It’s out­stand­ing, any time you beat Wis­sahickon it’s a huge win,” Chel­tenham coach Brian John­son said. “They are very well coached and have some of the best guards in our league. It’s a good win for us.”

Chel­tenham use its in­side play and jump shoot­ing to earn a con­vinc­ing 57-45 win over Wis­sahickon. The 3DnWKeUV nRw VKDUe fiUVW place with ko­r­ris­town, the only two un­de­feated teams in the Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can.

De­spite the Tro­jans’ at­tempt to shoot their way back into the game, the Pan­thers closed in the fourth quar­ter and got a big 25-point per­for­mance from guard Aaron McGlawn.

“I t hink we j ust have t o play a l i t t l e smarter t han we did,” Wis­sahickon coach hyle Wil­son said. “We aren’t go­ing to win t urn­ing t he ball over as much as we did. Chel­tenham was able t o f orce us i nto some t ough plays and t ough shots. I saw some head- hang­ing, but we need t o stay f ocused.”

The open­ing eight min­utes was fast-paced, as you would ex­pect from th­ese two teams. Wis­sahickon’s CKULV VLOD KDG Dn DFWLve fiUVW quar­ter, scor­ing seven points in­clud­ing a three-pointer, while Chel­tenham’s Aaron McGlawn and Rashawn Reed had four points apiece. The Tro­jans ap­peared to be at­tack­ing the bucket more WKDn uVuDO Ln WKe fiUVW, buW that was no easy task against a good mid­dle for the Pan­thers. Still, two three-point­ers were the dif­fer­ence in the quar­ter as Wis­sahickon went into the sec­ond lead­ing 1310.

Chel­tenham really showed its ad­van­tage over the Tro­jans in the sec­ond quar­ter and it’s some­thing that was ex­ploited in its game against La Salle: a soft mid­dle. The phys­i­cal Pan­thers banged in­side and mixed that with a cou­ple of treys to take ad­van­tage of a Wis­sahickon team that lacks size.

McGlawn ripped the Tro­jans for seven points en route to a 16-point quar­ter. The vis­i­tors only man­aged 10, in­clud­ing two three­p­oint­ers by Vila. Once again, the re­liance on the three hurt Wis­sahickon and the Pan­thers went into half­time up 26-23.

Things started to fall apart for Wis­sahickon af­ter half­time. kot only were the Tro­jans not hit­ting open threes, but they had a hard time scor­ing all to­gether. Mid-range shots and layups re­fused to go down for the most part, while the Pan­thers took ad­van­tage and con­tin­ued to at­tack the paint with an oc­ca­sional three-ball.

Chel­tenham ate glass all night, ev­ery player out­re­bound­ing their de­fen­sive as­sign­ment. McGlawn led the Pan­thers with six points in the quar­ter, which tied the amount Wis­sahickon scored as a team. By the end, Chel­tenham had a dou­ble-digit OeDG KeDGLnJ LnWR WKe finDO pe­riod.

“They are a lit­tle smaller than they were least year, so the plan was to at­tack the mid­dle,” John­son said. “We are able to go in­side to our bigs this year and we have had some success with that. I think one of the is­sues that we have had is play­ing a com­plete game. I think, for the most part, to­day we were able to do that and sus­tain our en­ergy the en­tire game.”

The fourth quar­ter was clos­ing up shop. Although Wis­sahickon hit four three­p­oint­ers in the pe­riod, in­clud­ing two from Chris Car­radorini off the bench, they could not stop the Pan­thers from scor­ing in the paint. When the Tro­jans tried to clog the mid­dle, they left perime­ter shoot­ers open and got buried for it. McGlawn hit all eight of his free throw at­tempts and the Pan­thers took care of busi­ness from the char­ity stripe as a team, JRLnJ 10 RI 13 Ln WKe finDO eight min­utes.

“We are go­ing to grow,” Wil­son said. “It’s not the end of the world. I know the guys wanted to take con­trol of the league and set up a tough matchup with ko­r­ris­town or rp­per Me­rion later on, but we didn’t do the things we needed to do to win and we can’t win when we are not at our best.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Chel­tenham’s Aaron McGlawn drives be­tween Wis­sahickon’s Chase Wil­son and Chris Vila dur­ing Fri­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence game.

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