BETHLEHEM – In the PIAA state basketball tournament for the third consecutive year, Plymouth Whitemarsh understood what it takes to advance in Pennsylvania’s grueling version of March Madness.
It takes everything a team has.
Drawing from their playoff pedigree, the Colonials somehow found just enough to fight past very talented Pocono Mountain West 66-63 Friday night at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.
There’s no rest for the weary. PW, which has reached the quarterfinals for the third straight year, faces District 3 powerhouse Reading Sunday in the state quarterfinals.
PMW, making only its third-ever trip to the state dance, finished the season 23-5.
The Panthers had that look of a team in charge throughout the first 21 minutes of basketball. Their quickness and talent had PW on the ropes.
Power forward Jalen Vaughs and point guard Isaiah Wiggins took it to the Colonials. Wiggins finished with 28 points and Vaughs had 24.
From that point on, however, PW found its game, led by guard Ish Horn, who had only scored four points.
Horn led the rally with 16 points. Hear his thoughts on the video highlights above.
Horn, who finished with 20 points, had a lot of help. Ahmad Williams scored 15 and Cheo Houston had 13.
PMW jumped on the Colonials at the start of the game and led 16-8 after the first quarter. The lead was 46-39 with three minutes left in the third quarter when PW hit all cylinders, outscoring the Panthers 16-4 to end the third quarter.
A wild end to the quarter it was as Horn launched a half-court shot that banked in at the buzzer to give PW a 55-50 lead.
Wiggins was relentless, scoring PMW’s final eight points, but the Panthers came up short.