Boys left stunned after loss
A day later, Eric Snyder still couldn’t believe what happened.
Snyder and his team were still reeling from a stunning 74-53 loss at home to Wilson in the opening round of the Colonial League playoffs.
With the defeat, the Roughies (14-9) will await their opponent in the opening round of the District 11 Class 3A playoffs February 24 at a time and a site yet to be determined.
The fourth-seeded Roughies struggled to get into a rhythm in the early going and never recovered. They fell behind 11-0 and temporarily closed the gap to 22-9 at the end of one quarter and trailed 39-18 at halftime.
Snyder noted that at one point his team had more turnovers than points, 13 to 12. It marked their worst defeat of the season when Palmerton beat the Roughies, 78-60, on Jan. 25.
In the lone meeting between the two teams earlier this season, Wilson edged Catty, 58-53, Jan. 23.
“I don’t know what happened,” he deadpanned. “It was like we never played before. It was unreal and just one of those games.”
Wilson, who entered as the fifth seed, fired on all cylinders from start to finish. The Warriors shot a sizzling 62.2 percent — making 28 of 45 shots from the field – for the game. They also kept pressure on the Roughies throughout the game.
“They were more intense than us,” said Snyder about Wilson. “They were more focused and played harder.”
The Roughies managed to reduce the margin to 44-29 late in the third quarter, but Wilson responded with a 10-0 run to seal the game.
Wilson had three players in double figures, led by Robbie Swiatek’s 22 points. Jaylen Green led the Roughies with 22 points and Isaiah Graves added 11.
The Roughies ended the game with 20 field goals and 23 turnovers.
“I felt so bad for the kids,” added Snyder. “They took it to us. We couldn’t get it to the open man all game.”
With the nearly two-week layoff, Snyder has scheduled scrimmages with Northwestern and Northampton, the latter depending on how they advance in the East Penn Conference playoffs.
The Roughies likely won’t find out their opponent until late in the week or even next week due to the district formula. They began the week seeded third in the Class 3A bracket and could play either New Hope-Solebury, Palmerton, or Northern Lehigh. All three of those teams finished the year with an 11-11 record.