Wissahickon uses three-ball to topple Plymouth Whitemarsh
com If one thing can be taken away from Wissahickon’s win over Plymouth Whitemarsh, it’s this: the Trojans just showed the Suburban One American who’s boss.
“The win is huge,” Wissahickon coach Kyle Wilson said. “Every player to a man kept trusting each other and making smart plays. It was a gutsy performance for Chase [Wilsonz and Chris [Vilaz, I don’t think I subbed them out all game. They just wanted it.”
The league was on notice way before Wissahickon’s 68-57 over the Colonials on Friday night, but the way the Trojans downed a good, well coached team in PW will certainly leave some future opponents nervous. Led by Chase Wilson and Gordon Bentley’s 16 points apiece, the Trojans won every phase of the game DnG WKe VFRreERDrG refleFWeG that.
“We are young and we are going to have to stick together,” PW coach Jim Donofrio said. “We have a challenge with a tough schedule early in the season and we are waiting for the light bulb to turn on. The kids have to be tough enough to believe in each other. Everything is new to them and the league is tough.”
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“Because we don’t have the size we’ve had in past years, we’ve become better shooters,” Wilson said. “They have to take some of their bigs out to match our quickness, and that works well for us.”
It took the Trojans a quarter to wake up. They were down most of the opening period, EuW finLVKeG VWrRnJ WR WDke WKe lead just before the buzzer. Vila led Wissahickon with six points in the quarter, while PW’s Michael Reddick had seven. PW ran and attacked the middle, as the Trojans are sometimes vulnerable down there because of their lack of size, and that plan worked for a while, but things changed in the next period.
“By finLVKLnJ WKDW TuDrWer strong, it gave us the ability to continue to improve as the game went along,” Wilson said. “If you get a lead, then they have to chase us. It was just a chess match that went our way.”
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“[Wissahickonz shot extremely well,” Donofrio said. “We don’t have enough experience yet to understand that games are lost in two to three minute stretches. Defensively we are raw right now. vou have to get the experience in live action and that can be diffiFuOW VRPeWLPeV.”
Both teams were in full offensive mode after halftime. Wilson and Gordon Bentley went off for nine and eight points, respectively, for Wissahickon, while Anthony McKie, who went to WissaKLFkRn IRr KLV firVW WwR yeDrV, DnG BreWW 3DuO KDG fiYe eDFK for PW. The Colonials scored 17 points in the third, but Wissahickon threw another 19 for the quarter and had a 10-point OeDG KeDGLnJ LnWR WKe finDO Seriod.
As in most games, the fourth quarter came down to free throws. While McKie tried to will the Colonials back with a spirited nine points, the Trojans went 8 of 10 from the line to lock up the victory. Vila acted as the closer, hitting a clutch three and knocking down two free throws to seal the deal.
At 3-0 in the SOL American, the Trojans have emerged as a threat to the rest of the league.
Wissahickon’s Gordon Bentley drives past Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Cameron Johnson during Friday’s Suburban One American Conference game.