SOL Boys Basketball: Wissahickon Falls Short in State Opener

Wissahickon fell to Archbishop Carroll 66-59 in Friday’s PIAA 5A opener.

The Trojans saw their season come to an end in Friday night’s state opener but not before they gave the Patriots a run for their money.
“We knew what we were up against,” Wissahickon coach Kyle Wilson said. “We played them without our second leading scorer. Eddie (Fortescue) unfortunately got ejected in the Chester game, so we knew going in that we had a tall task. It would be a tall task even with our starting five intact.”
Carroll, which led 17-13 after one quarter, took a 26-24 lead into halftime. It was a 45-37 game after three quarters, but the Trojans battled to the finish.
“At one point, we had fallen behind by 14, and it looked like they could have closed the door, and we came storming back and got it within three,” Wilson said. “One of the things we talk about is this generation of millennials and this ‘me’ generation.
“I’ve coached some really good teams over the years, but this may be one of the best - it falls under the category of team. They don’t point fingers at each other, and they don’t place blame. If somebody falls down, they pick that teammate up. Pat them on the back if they need it, give them a kick in the butt if they need it. They’re just good teammates.
“We had some really strong captains this year. A lot of the credit goes to Max Rapoport and Zach Reiner who have been leaders for the last two or three years for me. Anthony Lawrence stepped up into a leadership role, Eddie Fortescue stepped up. The guys just loved to play together, and it’s tough to see their season end.”
Rapoport led the Trojans in his final high school game with 20 points, which included five threes. Reiner added 16 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. He also had eight assists. Lawrence chipped in with seven points and also had eight rebounds. Donovan Oliphant and Cole Hirsh each had six points.
“I thought Donovan Oliphant stepped up and played a good game,” Wilson said. “We had guys make plays when we needed them.”
Carroll connected on 20-of-41 shots from the field (49 percent) while the Trojans hit on 22-of-53 shots (42 percent).
Wissahickon (11-3 SOL) closed out its season with a 19-8 record.
Wissahickon   13-11-13-22  59
Archbishop Carroll     17-9-19-21   66
Wissahickon (59) – Max Rapoport 7 1-2 20; Zach Reiner 6 3-4 16; Anthony Lawrence 3 1-4 7; Donovan Oliphant 2 1-2 6; Cole Hirsch 2 0-0 6; Carmen Ostroski 2 0-0 4; TOTALS 22 6-12 59.
Archbishop Carroll (66) – Keyon Butler 3 2-2 8; Justin Anderson 5 3-3 15 AJ Hoggard 5 6-6 16; Kiyl Mack 1 0-0 3; Luke House 5 6-6 20; Ny’Mire Lile 0 3-4 3; Tairi Ketner 1 0-1 2; TOTALS 20 20-22 66.
3-point field goals:  Wissahickon – Max Rapoport 5, Cole Hirsch 2, Zach Reiner, Donovan Oliphant. Archbishop Carroll – House 4, AJ Anderson 2, Kiyl Mack.