SHARON — The usual “Coach Speak” is that it’s difficult to beat a team three times in the same season. Really?
That certainly was not the case in the District 10, Class 2A semifinals, where Wilmington and Farrell finished off 3-peats against Lakeview and West Middlesex, respectively, last night in a doubleheader at Sharon High School. The Greyhounds advanced with a 58-34 decision over the Sailors.
That sends Farrell and Wilmington against each other — yeah, you got it — for a third time Friday at a site and time to be determined with the District 10 title on the line.
Farrell won the first two meetings, so will the 3-peat history follow form again, or will the third time be a proverbial charm for Wilmington? Stay tuned.
The Greyhounds continued their dominance of Lakeview, with the speed and athleticism of the ‘Hounds too much for the Sailors to maintain.
“We’re excited to be in the District 10 finals no matter who we play,” Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. “Farrell and West Middlesex are very good teams. We’ll enjoy this tonight then we’ll go back and have a film session and get ready for Friday.”
The game got off to a slow start as the teams felt out the opponent’s defenses. Neither team scored for about 2 ½ minutes before Wilmington’s Colton Richards hit a trey.
The rest of the scoring that period belonged to two players. Wilmington’s Shane Cox came off the bench and hit for 7 points, while Lakeview’s Brett Beith tallied 8 markers, including a pair of 3-pointers.
“They came out in that diamond-1 and we had to be patient and work the ball,” Jeckavitch explained.
Wilmington (16-7) started to take control in the second stanza, taking advantage of missed Sailors’ shots. Wilmington’s Tage Kelliher scored the first three hoops of the period as the ‘Hounds moved ahead 16-10.
After the Sailors cut the margin to 18-13 midway through the quarter, Wilmington rattled off 10 straight points — 6 by Jacob Yohman. Lakeview rallied a bit in the final minute on a 3-pointer and two foul conversions by Zack Doddo to cut the margin to 28-18 at intermission.
In the third quarter, it was another low-scoring affair as Wilmington slowed the pace to bring Lakeview out of its tight zone. The Sailors did cut the lead to 32-26 late in the period, but the Hounds scored the final five points for a 37-26 heading at the fourth-quarter turn.
But after Lakeview pulled within 39-30, Wilmington ran off 12-straight points to take control of the contest.
“We battled, but I thought we could have done better in that fourth quarter,” Lakeview coach Garrett Blaschak said. “They are long and I think that length bothered us on some of our shots. They are very athletic. We let it get away from us when they went on that run.”
Cox, a 6-foot-1 junior, had a career night for the ‘Hounds with 20 points.
“Our bench played great,” Jeckavitch said. “It’s a luxury to have players who can come in and play like that. This was a total team win, our guys are unselfish and the execute.”
Yohman added 10 points, while Kelliher hit for 9. The ‘Hounds were a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe.
For Lakeview (16-9), Beith led the point-production with 12, while Doddo chipped in with 11 and Gavin Boggs 9.
(Lynn Saternow is the sports editor at the Sharon Herald).
WILMINGTON VS. LAKEVIEW
DISTRICT 10, CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS AT SHARON
Miller 0-0-2-0, Doddo 3-4-4-11, Burke 0-0-0-0, Beith 5-0-0-12, Boggs 3-2-2-9, Thiec 0-0-0-0, McIntire 1-0-0-2, Lightcap 0-0-0-0, King 0-0-0-0, Grim 0-0-0-0, Weaver 0-0-0-0. Totals: 12-6-8-34.
Cameron Marett 0-2-2-2, Danny Hanssen 2-0-0-4, Tage Kelliher 4-1-1-9, Robert Pontius 3-0-0-6, Colton Richards 1-0-0-3, Jacob Yohman 3-4-4-10, Junior McConahy 2-0-0-4, Shane Cox 9-2-2-20, Bryce Endrizzi 0-0-0-0, Austin Lisowski 0-0-0-0, Braxton Shimrack 0-0-0-0, In Sullivan 0-0-0-0. Totals: 24-9-9-58.
LAKEVIEW 8 10 8 8 - 34
WILMINGTON 10 18 9 21 - 58
3-pt. goals: — Lakeview 4 (Beith 2, Boggs 1, Doddo 1), Wilmington 1 (Richards 1).