Roswell’s boys beat Wheeler (again) on Brennan’s 3-pointer, 58-57

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.

11 comments Add your comment

Wildcatznation

January 26th, 2013
3:52 pm

Wheeler will win tonight vs christ school n beat roswell next go, for sure…with Jalen, Daniel, Staley in ineup expect an old fashion run n gun game,from now on

Tony

January 26th, 2013
4:03 pm

Congrats to Roswell for outworking and out-toughing Wheeler to negate a massive talent gap between the two teams and produce a winning outcome.

The Wheeler team made a statement at Roswell last night: they don’t have much in the way of toughness, intensity and fundamentals to go along with their super elite levels of talent and athleticism.

Lakerman

January 26th, 2013
6:15 pm

Congrats to coach Ty Phillips for bringing Roswell boy’s basketball back to competitive status. I know the program has had some big down years since the Rorie Pugliese era, but Phillips has paid his dues and not it’s coming to fruition. The Hornets went to the Class AAAAAA “Sweet 16″ two years ago and appear to be on its way again. And Phillips has had this success with his OWN PLAYERS!!!

A guy

January 26th, 2013
9:04 pm

Lipsomb doesn’t recruit anymore than any other high school basketball or football team. Difference is he is successful. If I had a $ for every kid Lassiter or Walton has nabbed away from wheelers middle school program over the last 5 years. I’d have at least $50

Hubert Green

January 26th, 2013
11:55 pm

I went to a game the other night between two schools in which the majority of the players had moved in to play basketball. There was a huge crowd, lots of excitement, and everybody seemed to have a good time. For every player that transfers, that opens a spot for somebody else at that school. As for programs like Roswell, they have some move-ins, but families want to play for the best schools, coaches, et al. My son was a great tennis player; he transferred to a tennis academy; got a scholarship to an ACC school. No complaints.

Wildcatznation

January 27th, 2013
4:10 am

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Tony

January 27th, 2013
9:01 am

Wheeler lost to Christ School last night at the Nocross showcase. This is the same team that Wheeler beat a month ago when they were significantly shorthanded. Now at full strength, with an abundance of elite talent on paper, Wheeler is inexplicably losing games that they should be winning.

Youth isn’t an excuse. Milton went 24-8 and went to the final in 08-09, with 3 sophmore and a freshman as starters and the 4 leading players.

Hubert Green

January 27th, 2013
12:18 pm

There was a time when you feared playing Wheeler. They got in your face on defense for 32 minutes and ran the floor on offense like gazelle’s. But that was before all the aau nonsense that you see now. Wheeler hasn’t been the same for four years now.

raidersupporter

January 27th, 2013
3:47 pm

Cobb Football……any of the kids on the Wheeler team come through the middle school or junior programs at Wheeler?????

raidersupporter

January 27th, 2013
3:53 pm

A Guy…..not all schools recruit. I know of one in particular that works closely with the junior program to develop players so that once they get to the high school level, they are competitive with the other schools in the county. No recruiting necessary!

im just syaing

January 27th, 2013
5:19 pm

hubert green- I agree with you about the AAU nonsense, its all about the $$$$ and not about the KIDS anymore.