DeMedal leads Wilmington boys to quarterfinals
Wilmington (63) Vs. Titusville (59)
Feb 16, 2016
Following two close losses, the Wilmington High boys basketball team wanted one more chance at West Middlesex.

Now they have it.

The Greyhounds advanced to the District 10, Class AA quarterfinals with a 63-59 upset of host Titusville in an opening-round game Thursday night.

Wilmington (12-11) now meets the Big Reds (16-7) for a right to go to the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Slippery Rock University. West Middlesex edged North East 49-47 Wednesday night.

The Greyhounds previously lost to the Section 2 champions twice during the regular season, 64-58 and 54-52 in overtime.

"We've glad to get the win, but we're not done yet," Wilmington coach Mike Jeckavitch said. "We wanted a chance to play West Middlesex and we got it. We had the lead on them in both games and couldn't hold on. Now we have to make the of it and make this third one a charm for us."

Wilmington trailed 25-17 after one quarter and 37-25 in the second quarter when Jeckavitch called his squad together.

"In the first quarter, they shot lights out," he said. "We were contesting their threes, but they were making them. We just did not play very well. At 37-25, I told our guys this is it, we need to cut this to single digits before the half. And we got it to seven (39-32), which was a huge momentum swing and a huge boost for us."

Jeckavitch also switched up his defense, putting Spencer DeMedal on Titusville's leading scorer Kai Skinner, who came in averaging 19.1 points per game. Skinner, who scored 21 in the first half, was limited to four with DeMedal watching him. Jacob Harvey also was given the Rockets' big man, 6-5 Tyler Gates, to guard.

"We amped up our defense and pressured the ball a little more," Jeckavitch said. "We played some great team defense in the second half."

DeMedal also starred on offense, pouring in a season-high 30 points while adding 13 rebounds and five assists. Jimmy Powers chipped in with 20 points, four assists and three steals. Jared Berlin had five blocks and Jacob Harvey five rebounds.

The Rockets finished at 18-5 after finishing as Region 4 co-champion with Northwestern. Wilmington tied for third place Region 2.

This is the Greyhounds' first win in the postseason since it knocked off Titusville 47-40. Jeckavitch was an assistant on that team, which was coached by Will Harris.

"We are very happy to get a win in the playoffs," Jeckavitch said. "The only kids with varsity experience coming into this season were DeMedal and Powers (the latter of whom transferred in from Neshannock). So they took the rest of these guys on their backs and carried them through the season and right into the playoffs. I'm very proud of how far we've come."
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Wilmington 0 0 0 63 0 63
Titusville 0 0 0 59 0 59
Box Scores
Spencer DeMedal 12 4-7 30
Jimmy Powers 7 4-4 20
Jacob Harvey 3 0-0 6
Matt Zimmer 2 0-0 4
Reese Bender 1 0-0 3
Jared Berlin 0 0-0 0
Colton Marett 0 0-0 0
Cameron Marett 0 0-0 0
Bryson Verrelli 0 0-0 0
Robert Pontius 0 0-0 0
Totals: 25 8-11 63

Kai Skinner 10 4-4 25
Brady Corklin 4 0-0 10
Nate Ciccarelli 2 2-2 7
Tyler Gates 7 1-1 15
Zack Richards 1 0-0 2
Schneider 0 0-0 0
Totals: 24 7-7 59

WILMINGTON 17 15 19 12 — 63
TITUSVILLE 25 14 6 14— 59

3-point goals — Wilmington 5 (Powers 2, DeMedal 2, Bender 1), Titusville 4 (Skinner 1, Ciccarelli 1, Corklin 2).
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