The Exeter Eagles looked to play spoiler when they welcomed Wilson on Tuesday night. Wilson, with a win Tuesday, would clinch the Berks I title. However, bragging rights at the next Menet/Timochenko family reunion were also on the line, as cousins Michal Menet (Exeter) and Matt Timochenko (Wilson) took to the floor.
The first bucket of Tuesday’s game did not come until about two and a half minutes in, when Exeter guard Luis Arndt drove the lane and got a layup. Once Exeter got on the board, the floodgates opened, as the teams would trade baskets on nearly every possession for the remainder of the quarter. When the first quarter came to a close, Wilson held a 15-12 lead, led in large part by Jaylin Calloway, who registered 11 points in the first stanza.
As things began to settle down in the second quarter, Luis Arndt took over for the Eagles offense, twice pulling Exeter into a tie with the visiting Bulldogs. The ties would be shortlived, however. Wilson headed into halftime clinging to a 26-23 lead. Travaun Coad, Wilson’s leading scorer, was limited to just 4 points in the first half by Exeter defenders.
The third quarter played into the Bulldogs favor as they limited the quality shot attempts for Exeter. The Eagles were held to just 9 points during the third frame, most of which were scored in the low post by Michal Menet. Jaylin Calloway continued his sharp shooting in the third quarter, while Travaun Coad seemingly woke up offensively. When the third quarter ended, Wilson led 41-32.
While Exeter would often cut into the Bulldogs lead during the final period, they could not sustain their energy as they ultimately fell by a final of 58-45.
Wilson was led by Jaylin Calloway, who scored a career-high 24 points.
Exeter’s leading scorer was Luis Arndt, who finished with 18, one shy of his career-best.
The 17-2 Bulldogs, who clinched the Berks I title, will next be in action against rival Governor Mifflin on Friday.
Exeter, who still is in the hunt for a BCIAA playoff bid, plays at Cocalico on Wednesday evening.