Wissahickon beats Great Valley, earns trip to Temple

By Steve Sherman

From the beginning of the season, Wissahickon set its sights on making its way to Temple University, the site of the District 1 Class 5A semifinals and final.

Make that mission accomplished, as the fourth-seeded Trojans have won their first two playoffs to earn a berth in the D1 semifinal set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Liacouras Center vs. top-seeded Penncrest. No. 2 Bishop Shanahan will take on No. 3 Chester in the other semifinal set for 6 p.m.

Unlike Wednesday’s D-1 5A opener when Wissahickon starters Zach Reiner, Eddie Fortescue and Anthony Lawrence all reached double digits in a lopsided win over 13th-seeded Strath Haven, the Trojans had an off night shooting and had to rely on a pair of reserves in order to get past fifth-seeded Great Valley whose best player Liam Ward exploded for 27 points including 13 in the second quarter to send the visiting Patriots into the locker room with a 2-point lead.

The Trojans received 21 points off the bench from senior Donovan Oliphant (8 points, 5 rebounds) and 6-4 sophomore Carmen Ostroski (13 points, 3 rebounds) and won 55-48 Saturday night on their home court.

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