Wissahickon, the 30th seed in the District 1 Class AAAA boys' basketball tournament, was the unlikely leader at halftime Friday night against Great Valley when Trojans coach Kyle Wilson gathered his team in the locker room.
Keep up the pressure, the coach said, because no one would feel it more in the opening-round game than third-seeded Great Valley.
"Look, we're a 30 seed," Wilson said when his team led by two points. "No one is expecting a 30 to be a beat a three."
And Wissahickon kept up its pressure to provide the tournament's first shocker with a 55-51 win. The loss ended Great Valley's season.
Senior guard Chris Carradorini scored nine of his 14 points in the second half and knocked down three three-pointers in the fourth. Chase Wilson, also a senior guard, scored 16 points and dished out five assists. Brandon Pace, a junior forward, grabbed 11 rebounds.
Thomas Aloia, a senior guard, was tasked with guarding Great Valley's Villanova-bound swingman, Mikal Bridges. Wilson said Aloia is a focused defender who understood that his job was to limit Bridges, not stop him completely. Bridges finished with 15 points.
"We have five seniors," Wilson said. "And they just don't want their season to end."