Eagles rip Wyomissing, headed to Chocolatetown

By on February 17, 2016

Cocalico’s Aidan Trynosky shoots over Wyomissing’s Ben Croft during Tuesday’s District game in Denver. Trynosky canned six treys in the game to score a game-high 22 points to lead his team to victoryofitability, “you’ve got to be willing to notch up your fertility budget,” O’Hara said.

The Cocalico Boys’ basketball team caught fire in the second half of Tuesday night’s District Three AAA opener, eliminating Wyomissing 66-41 in Denver. The Eagles (18-5) outscored the Spartans (17-8) 45-20 after the break as the two squads were tied at the half.

“He said we haven’t played in two weeks,” said senior Tucker Lescoe (20 points, 10 rebounds) when asked what Coach Travis Wealand said at half-time. “He said, it’s time to play. Put the pedal down. Stay intense on defense.”

That defense was reflected in the Wyomissing shooting as Cocalico held the Spartans to 34 percent from the field while outrebounding the taller Berks County foe, 29-21. They also held Wyomissing’s lead scorer and senior guard Jarvay Bolton (20.2 per game) to eight points before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we were disciplined,” said Wealand, when asked about his team’s composure. “We worked on doing all the small things in practice. It starts with the seniors. They did multiple things in practice, and they all accepted their roles.”

Eagle sophomore Aidan Trynosky was the hottest of the hot, draining six of seven three pointers (five of five in the second half) and scoring a game-high 22 points for the contest.

“I was running off screens right on their shoulders,” described Trynosky. “I took a look at where the defense was, and my teammates found me for open looks.”

“It felt pretty good to get the threes going,” continued Trynosky. “It became contagious with all of our other shooters.”

As a team, the Eagles shot 19-for-37, or 51.4 percent.

“They stepped up in a big way,” added Lescoe, when asked about the job Trynosky and fellow senior Moses Ulysse (14 points, 10 in the first half, 10 rebounds) did. “That’s what I love about this team. Everyone embraces whatever it takes.”

Senior guard Colin Smith led the Spartans with 18 points, including 11 of Wyomissing’s first 15 in the first half.

“They are a guard-oriented team, and so are we,” said Lescoe. “But we wanted to show them that our guards were better.”

The win was the first District Three triumph for Wealand and his staff. It earns Cocalico (seeded sixth) a 5 p.m. Friday matchup with three seed Bishop McDevitt at the Giant Center in Hershey. McDevitt defeated Manheim Central, 75-54 on Tuesday night to advance.

“This is a great thing for the program and the kids,” said Wealand. “They didn’t want it to end here. I’m really proud of them.”

“Honestly, I was really emotional early,” explained Lescoe, when asked to describe the seniors’ feelings on playing their last game on the Denver hardwood. “Having my name called, hearing the National Anthem, looking back four years, it got to me. I didn’t want to go out on a loss.”

Lescoe went over the 1,500-point mark for his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer in Tuesday night’s win.

The student section sent Lescoe and the rest of the Eagles off to Hershey in style, chanting “We smell chocolate.”

Win or lose Friday, the Eagles will remain alive and be in action Monday. A win and they are off the semifinals against the winner of the Gettysburg-L-S matchup Monday back at the giant Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Should McDevitt prevail Friday, Cocalico will face the Gettysburg-L-S loser Monday at Dallastown, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in pursuit of a State Tournament berth.By Kevin Frey

The Cocalico Boys’ basketball team caught fire in the second half of Tuesday night’s District Three AAA opener, eliminating Wyomissing 66-41 in Denver. The Eagles (18-5) outscored the Spartans (17-8) 45-20 after the break as the two squads were tied at the half.

“He said we haven’t played in two weeks,” said senior Tucker Lescoe (20 points, 10 rebounds) when asked what Coach Travis Wealand said at half-time. “He said, it’s time to play. Put the pedal down. Stay intense on defense.”

That defense was reflected in the Wyomissing shooting as Cocalico held the Spartans to 34 percent from the field while outrebounding the taller Berks County foe, 29-21. They also held Wyomissing’s lead scorer and senior guard Jarvay Bolton (20.2 per game) to eight points before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we were disciplined,” said Wealand, when asked about his team’s composure. “We worked on doing all the small things in practice. It starts with the seniors. They did multiple things in practice, and they all accepted their roles.”

Eagle sophomore Aidan Trynosky was the hottest of the hot, draining six of seven three pointers (five of five in the second half) and scoring a game-high 22 points for the contest.

“I was running off screens right on their shoulders,” described Trynosky. “I took a look at where the defense was, and my teammates found me for open looks.”

“It felt pretty good to get the threes going,” continued Trynosky. “It became contagious with all of our other shooters.”

As a team, the Eagles shot 19-for-37, or 51.4 percent.

“They stepped up in a big way,” added Lescoe, when asked about the job Trynosky and fellow senior Moses Ulysse (14 points, 10 in the first half, 10 rebounds) did. “That’s what I love about this team. Everyone embraces whatever it takes.”

Senior guard Colin Smith led the Spartans with 18 points, including 11 of Wyomissing’s first 15 in the first half.

“They are a guard-oriented team, and so are we,” said Lescoe. “But we wanted to show them that our guards were better.”

The win was the first District Three triumph for Wealand and his staff. It earns Cocalico (seeded sixth) a 5 p.m. Friday matchup with three seed Bishop McDevitt at the Giant Center in Hershey. McDevitt defeated Manheim Central, 75-54 on Tuesday night to advance.

“This is a great thing for the program and the kids,” said Wealand. “They didn’t want it to end here. I’m really proud of them.”

“Honestly, I was really emotional early,” explained Lescoe, when asked to describe the seniors’ feelings on playing their last game on the Denver hardwood. “Having my name called, hearing the National Anthem, looking back four years, it got to me. I didn’t want to go out on a loss.”

Lescoe went over the 1,500-point mark for his career as the school’s all-time leading scorer in Tuesday night’s win.

The student section sent Lescoe and the rest of the Eagles off to Hershey in style, chanting “We smell chocolate.”

Win or lose Friday, the Eagles will remain alive and be in action Monday. A win and they are off the semifinals against the winner of the Gettysburg-L-S matchup Monday back at the giant Center, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Should McDevitt prevail Friday, Cocalico will face the Gettysburg-L-S loser Monday at Dallastown, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in pursuit of a State Tournament berth.

 

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