Wis­sahickon uses three-ball to top­ple Ply­mouth Whitemarsh

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele


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.”

It is doubt­ful that a team can con­tinue shoot­ing the three at the clip Wis­sahickon is shoot­ing it, but just to put ev­ery­thing into con­text, the Tro­jans hit 10 three-point­ers in the JDPe, fiYe RI wKLFK FDPe Ln the sec­ond quar­ter where the home team pulled away.

Four dif­fer­ent play­ers, Wil­son, Chris Vila, Chris Car­radorini and Todd Bent­ley all had mul­ti­ple treys. Sure, some GLGn’W JR Ln, EuW LW’V GLI­fiFuOW to win when the op­po­si­tion is mak­ing it rain from be­yond the arch, es­pe­cially when trail­ing.

“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.”

Wis­sahickon had trou­ble get­ting through the paint, so they de­cided to shoot the OLJKWV RuW LnVWeDG. AOO fiYe RI WKe 7rRMDnV’ fieOG JRDOV Ln WKe pe­riod were from three-point land and they were 4 for 4 from the char­ity stripe. Although PW scored 12 points, LnFOuGLnJ fiYe IrRP Dee Ben­nett off the bench, the triples from Wis­sahickon were over­whelm­ing and the the Colo­nials went into half­time down 32-24.

“[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.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Wis­sahickon’s Gor­don Bent­ley drives past Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s Cameron John­son dur­ing Fri­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence game.

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