Wilson overwhelms Oley Valley in Berks basketball quarterfinals

Brian Rippey, Reading Eagle, Pa.
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Feb. 24—Winning has become a habit for the Wilson boys basketball team.

But it will take a lot of little things to add up to the Berks Conference championship the Bulldogs are chasing this week.

Second-seeded Wilson opened defense of its Berks title at home Tuesday night with a 68-29 quarterfinal win over No. 7 seed Oley Valley.

Stevie Mitchell scored 17 points to help Wilson (16-1) advance to a semifinal game with third-seeded Muhlenberg Wednesday at 7 p.m. in West Lawn.

"We wanted just to play hard and continue to build good habits that we can hopefully use down the road," Mitchell said. "We just wanted to always play with intensity and play hard."

The Bulldogs (16-1) reeled off the first 12 points and held a double-digit lead over the Lynx (11-3) the rest of the way. Chris Vazquez scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for Wilson, which led 37-12 at the break.

Mitchell scored 10 points in the third quarter, mostly on fastbreaks, including a basket on a perfect alley-oop pass from Vazquez.

"We came out at halftime wanting to put them away so everybody could get in," Mitchell said. "We really wanted to come out hot. I just happened to be the beneficiary on a couple fastbreaks."

Eleven Wilson players scored as the Bulldogs ran their record to 44-2 over the last two seasons.

"We need to get a good flow for the rest of the playoffs," said Wilson coach Matt Coldren. "We're more concerned with us just being solid and sharing the ball offensively and not taking chances defensively."

Oley Valley was more concerned with just keeping the ball away from Wilson long enough to get off good shots. Danny Turchi scored eight points to lead Oley, which was taken out of its offensive rhythm by Wilson's quick hands on defense.

"We wanted to be relentless," Coldren said. "We kind of figured they haven't faced the kind of pressure we could give them."