There has certainly been no shortage of Wilson vs. Reading basketball games this season. The two squads had previously played three contests heading into Tuesday night’s District 3 playback game. The Bulldogs had won each of the previous games and were looking to deny Reading’s wishes that the fourth time would be the charm.
Wilson jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, behind 6 early points from Travaun Coad. However, the Red Knights would answer as Gil Benz would help push Reading into a 13-10 lead after one.
The Bulldogs were able to outscore Reading 17-7 during the second frame, despite both Sam Smith and Jaylin Calloway being in foul trouble. Smith’s buzzer beating three pointer would give Wilson a 27-20 lead heading into the half.
Sam Smith would start the second half much like he ended the first, by swishing a long range jumper. Despite a strong push from Benz and Israel Abreu, Travaun Coad was able to help Wilson increase their lead to nine points after three, 41-32.
The fourth quarter would see the Red Knights cut the Wilson down to as little as five, but they would get no closer. The Bulldogs earned a 60-54 victory and a spot in the PIAA playoffs.
Wilson was led by Travaun Coad’s 23 points, while Sam Smith added 13.
Reading got 23 points out of senior guard Gilberto Benz.
Wilson will play in the fifth place consolation game against Cumberland Valley on Thursday evening at 6:30 at Lebanon High School.
Reading finds themselves in an absolute must win situation when they play for seventh place on Thursday against Carlisle at 8 pm at Garden Spot HS.