Pa. Boys: Fri. Pa. boys: Wissahickon pulls stunner

Posted: February 16, 2014

BASKETBALL

Wissahickon, the 30th seed in the District 1 Class AAAA basketball tournament, was the unlikely leader at halftime Friday night against Great Valley when Trojans coach Kyle Wilson gathered his team in the locker room.

   Keep up the pressure, the coach said, because no one would feel it more in the opening-round game than third-seeded Great Valley.

   "Look, we're a 30 seed," Wilson said when his team led by two points. "No one is expecting a 30 to beat a three."

   And Wissahickon kept up its pressure to provide the tournament's first shocker with a 55-51 win. The loss ended Great Valley's season.

   Senior guard Chris Carradorini scored nine of his 14 points in the second half and knocked down three three-pointers in the fourth. Chase Wilson, also a senior guard, scored 16 points and dished out five assists. Brandon Pace, a junior forward, grabbed 11 rebounds.

   Thomas Aloia, a senior guard, was tasked with guarding Great Valley's Villanova-bound swingman, Mikal Bridges. Wilson said Aloia is a focused defender who understood that his job was to limit Bridges, not stop him completely. Bridges finished with 15 points.

   "We have five seniors," Wilson said. "And they just don't want their season to end."

   Also in the first round:

Pennsbury 81, Academy Park 68: Derrick Woods grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the host Falcons. Mekhi Bryant hit three three-pointers, and Cameron Jones knocked down two.

Haverford High 53, Upper Darby 39: Jack Donaghy sealed the win for the visiting Fords by sinking all eight of his fourth-quarter foul shots.

BICENTENNIAL ATHLETIC LEAGUE SEMIFINALS

Church Farm 51, Calvary Christian 47: Tyler Ofray, a senior guard, scored 12 of his 21 points in the second quarter to steer host Church Farm to victory. Senior guard Aondofa Anyam scored half of his 12 points in the fourth.

Holy Ghost Prep 71, Lower Moreland 47: The Firebirds cruised at home thanks to Zahar Watkins' two three-pointers and nine first-half points. Joe Braun, a sophomore forward, sealed the win with 10 points in the fourth period.

PA. INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

Phelps 88, Abington Friends 62: Mustapha Traore, a 6-foot-9 junior, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out seven assists, and scored 18 points to lead the host Lions. Marques Jackson added 12 rebounds, and Terry Larrier had six assists and six steals.

Perkiomen School 45, Episcopal Academy 44: Paulius Zalys hit four free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the visitors' win. Nick Alikakos had 11 points and eight rebounds for Episcopal.

Germantown Academy 61, Shipley 43: Sam Lindgren scored seven of his 20 points in the third quarter and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the host Patriots. Tim Guers added 18 points, including eight in the third quarter.

Hill School 62, Germantown Friends 48: Bryce Allen drained three threes and John Carroll scored eight of his 18 points in the third quarter to pace the Blues.

Haverford School 72, Friends' Central 38: Eric Anderson scored 10 points in the second quarter and knocked down three three-pointers as the host Fords rolled.

Westtown 57, Springside Chestnut Hill 29: Georgios Papagiannis, a 7-1 center, scored 18 points, hit a three-pointer and drilled seven field goals to lead the host Moose.


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