AMBLER >> Wissahickon and Bensalem could not have been more even.
“I always have the feeling that I see a reflection of our work,” said Trojan trainer Kyle Wilson of the owls. “They get out, they execute on the offensive, they move and I said to the boys, ‘It depends who is playing more games tonight.'”
The “W” went to Wiss when the Trojans did everything they could to win and a little more and prevailed 63: 54 in the crossover game of the Suburban One League on Wednesday evening.
“We’re trying to push for playoffs so every game counts,” said Wiss senior guard Matt Compas, who brought in 30 points. “Our goal was to finish the rest of the way 6-0, and we’re starting that 1-0.
“We have to keep putting the teams under pressure. We played great defense. We got a lot of steals, a lot of rebounds and we pushed the break. And we did a lot of simple shots. “
Jackson Intrieri added 13 points for Wiss (10-7 total, 6-4 SOL Liberty) and Will Kunzier had eight.
Wiss went all the way.
“We had to delve into defense,” said Wilson. “We knew Bensalem (James) had Ashford who can get to the rack and (Aaron Sanders) who can shoot the ball.”
Hot from the outside >> Wissahickon opened the competition from below.
Intrieri buried a pair of threes and compas in one, which helped make the early breakout possible.
Compas, who started the game at full pace, also finished an alley.
The Trojans took the lead 14: 8 in the second quarter.
At that point, Compas started taking things over.
Wilson, the senior, who is approaching 1,000 points in his career, said, “Matt is a special kid. He’s a kid who has made the effort on our program for the past three years, even as a ninth grader. “
Compas often provided the exclamation point on the transition, slamming home two dunks and adding two layups while the Trojan lead went into double digits.
Compas had 19 points in the first half.
The Trojans also received contributions from Kunzier, who fought for a tough basket during the big push in the second quarter.
“We felt like we had a bit more inside and in the mail, so we went with Kunzier tonight – he gives us so much energy there,” said Wilson. “He can do a lot of things.”
Intrieri grabbed a bucket to help Wiss extend the lead to halfway through 33-21.
Ashford had eight points for the Owls in the first half.
Bensalem stayed close in the third quarter, but Josh Twersky and Intrieri’s threesomes kept Wiss leading 45-36 early in the fourth quarter.
Wiss put the game down in the final minutes with a few clutch foul shots and three more from Twersky. Earl Stout found Compas in a different key sequence for Wiss.
The Trojans are back in action on Friday when they travel to Pennsbury for a 5:30 pm game.
Bensalem (8-9, 6-3 SOL Patriot) receives William Tennent on Thursday evening at 7 a.m.
Sanders led the Owls at 19 and Ashford added 14 before leaving the game late due to injury.
Wissahickon 63, Bensalem 54
Bensalem 8 13 15 18 – 54
Wissahickon 14 19 12 18 – 63
Bensalem: Tra Edwards 1 0-0 3, James Ashford 7 0-1 14, Allen Myers 1 2-2 4, Aaron Sanders 6 4-4 19, Jake Delange 1 0-0 2, Luke Ziedler 2 2-2 8, Jack Wineburg 1 0-0 3, Nifita Schafer 0 1-2 1st overall 19 9-11 54.
Wissahickon: Earl Stout 0 3-4 3, Josh Twersky 2 1-6 7, Jackson Intrieri 4 2-3 13, Will Kunzier 3 2-3 8, Matt Compas 10 8-12 30, Morgan Wilson 1 0-0 2. Total 20 16-28 63.
3-hand: B-Edwards, Sanders 3, Ziedler 2, Wineburg; W-Twersky 2, Intrieri 3, Compas 2.