CALN -- All was going right for No. 13 seed Coatesville with two seconds remaining in the first half.
The Red Raiders, about to take a nine-point lead into the break, looked a confident as a team could be in its District 1 Class AAAA playoff opener against No. 20 Harriton.
Then the Rams' Jordan Wright heaved a half-court shot from the right side and swished it. Coatesville could never recover from that shot as the Red Raiders were outscored 45-26 in the second half in a 73-60 loss to Harriton on Friday night at Ross Kershey Gymnasium.
Head coach Chuck Moore couldn't pinpoint that shot to his team's second half collapse. Instead, he felt missed opportunities cost his team a chance to earn a more comfortable lead heading into the break.
"That shot was a dagger and gave them a lot of momentum,' Moore said. "We allowed (Harriton) to get so many easy looks, mainly based off our mistakes. We weren't running defensive sets right and had a player or two fall asleep at times. If the five guys don't work, the set is going to fail.'
"In the second half, they just had a whole lot of confidence. They just couldn't miss.'
Despite leading 34-28 at the half, the lead lasted less than a minute into the third quarter. Alex Shippen, who had 17 of his game-high 29 points in the half, hit a 3-pointer, followed by another three by Spencer Dickler to tie it 34-34.
Coatesville (14-10), which built a lead as many as 12 in the first half, saw that disappear in just 1:20.
"I've been teaching these guys concentration and mental toughness all year,' Moore said. "We've struggled with it at times along with our approach to the game and our effort. It showed on the floor there. Harriton executed and was disciplined. They were better than us tonight.'
Despite the game slipping away for the Red Raiders, Tyler Burke wanted to make sure this was not his last time picking up a basketball for Coatesville. The senior used his 6-foot-4 frame to control the paint and earn second-chance points throughout the game.
Burke had six points in the third to keep Coatesville within 52-48 heading into the fourth quarter. Moore had high praise for the senior as he walked off the court for the last time.
"He was a major horse this year and for him to make that quick transition from football to basketball and still be our rock was huge,' Moore said. He showed up every game. I feel bad for him and the rest of our seniors because that's not the way you want to go out with a first round loss at home. Tyler has a bright future ahead of him.'
Burke finished with a game-high 16 points, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. He continued to grind even with the game slipping away.
"I just didn't want to see it end yet,' Burke said. "I had a lot of good memories playing football and basketball here at Coatesville and just wanted to make sure this wasn't the last time I put on a uniform here.'
Burke and the Red Raiders had one last fight in them before Harriton took control for good.
Down 57-48, J.T. Hollingshed had a three point play to cut the deficit to six with 4:43 left. After a stop, Keenan Coleman hit a three to make it 57-54 with 4:03 to go.
The Red Raiders never had a chance to tie it as Shippen was fouled on the floor and made both free throws to make it 59-54 with 3:30 to play.
The Rams finished the game on a 14-6 run, including scoring the final six points to complete the road upset over Coatesville.
Coleman finished with 13 for the Red Raiders, eight of which game in the first quarter. Calvin Young added nine points and Hollingshed finished with eight.
Tas Dixon had 17 points for Harriton (14-9), which will face the winner of Spring-Ford-Kennett on Tuesday.
Moore's first year was not one Coatesville is accustomed to, but he knows the Red Raiders can return to the top of District 1 if they continue to practice basketball all year.
"I want to see how these guys approach the offseason,' Moore said. "Basketball, like any sport, is 12 months. You just can't pick up a ball for three months and expect good things to happen. The guys will work on our weaknesses and grow as a team from this. I'm excited to see what's to come.'
Harriton 73, Coatesville 60
HARRITON: Shippen 7 11-14 29, Dixon 6 5-10 17, Wright 4 6-8 16, Schlicting 2 2-2 6, Dickler 2 0-0 5, Rosenberg 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Friend 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 22-34 73.
COATESVILLE: Burke 8 0-3 16, Coleman 4 2-2 13, Young 3 0-0 9, Hollingshed 3 2-3 8, Southcott 1 3-3 6, Rodriguez III 2 1-1 5, Crutchfield 1 0-0 2, Rubincam 0 0-0 0, Lott 0 0-0 0, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Pittman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 9-14 60.
Harriton 8 20 24 21—73
Coatesville 13 21 14 12—60
3-point goals: Shippen 4, Wright 2, Dickler; Coleman 3, Young 3, Southcott.