Roswell’s boys beat Wheeler again Friday, winning 58-57 on Sean Brennan’s 3-point shot in the final five seconds of a wild finish.
Roswell had beaten Wheeler, ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA, on Dec. 7 by a 72-69 final, but this one was perhaps more significant since Wheeler now has its full allotment of players. Elijah Staley (football), Jaylen Brown (injury) and Jerron Love (eligibility) have missed significant time but are in the lineup now.
In Friday’s game, Wheeler led 8-0 and 20-8, but it was tied at 28 at halftime. Neither team led by more than six points in the second half.
Wheeler led 57-55 with 11.8 seconds left before Brennen made his winning shot. Wheeler came down and missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and Roswell fans stormed the court. But officials restored order and ruled that Wheeler had called a timeout with 3.8 seconds left. Wheeler failed again, and it was done.
‘’It was a nice with with the respect we have for Wheeler’s program and their talent base,’’ Roswell coach Ty Phillipos said. “It was just a great high school game with big runs, the back-and-forth drama at the end. We’ve told our kids all year that we’re capable if we do our system and execute. It [beating Wheeler twice] gives us some confidence.’’
Wheeler (14-5, 7-2) continues to lead Region 5-AAAAAA. Roswell (13-8, 7-3) must play contender Cherokee (13-6, 6-3) on Tuesday.