York, PA - This isn't the first time William Penn had one brother setting up another. Just two seasons ago, Kelvin Parker and then-sophomore Tavon Parker shared a basketball court.
Now, Tavon Parker sees senior teammate Derek Wilson doing the same with his sophomore brother Jahaire Wilson. He saw it with everyone else Friday night at William Penn, where the Bearcats (5-1, 3-0) quickly turned a slow start into a drag race and an 80-56 YAIAA Division I boys' basketball win against South Western (4-3, 3-1).
The Bearcats trailed for the first 5 minutes, 24 seconds. Once Derek Wilson's block fed his open younger brother in transition, the rout soon became a formality.
The Wilson brothers had never played organized basketball together until earlier this month in William Penn's season-opener against South Philadelphia. Before then, Jahaire Wilson could only draw upon last season on the freshman team and pick-up games around York during the summer for experience.
"That first game against South Philly, I got it together and became a better player," he said. "I had those butterflies."
Wilson said he lost the jitters with that season opener. A 25-point performance came in his second varsity game, and Friday night he added a 10-point, five-rebound effort to his fast-developing role.
"He really worked on his shot a lot and his ballhandling," said Tavon Parker, who played with both extensively during the summer. "He really improved on being big. Last year when he played freshman (games), the games that we caught, he would be in the post but he wouldn't be big. He's starting to use his length to his advantage, where he doesn't have to jump every time to block a shot."
Nowhere was that more evident than his help defense on Parker Bean early in the third quarter. Wilson, at 6-foor-3, caught the 6-5 Bean driving around his defender to alter the shot and set up Parker in transition for two of his game-high 22 points.
Bean, meanwhile, was indirectly the focus of the Bearcats' defense. William Penn's press successfully denied South Western's guards much time to find Bean, who finished with eight points. Usually, a loose ball would end up with a Bearcat defender: sometimes Parker, other times DaiQuest Casiano, who scored 21 off the bench. But ultimately, the effort forced South Western to commit 26 turnovers. Fifteen came in the first half, as William Penn built a 15-point lead by halftime.
The night did not get any easier for Bean or his teammates in the third quarter. Bean collided with William Penn's Stephen Dickson just after the period's midway point, and the Mustang bent to the ground near the corner of the gym next to William Penn's locker room. Bean needed to be helped back to the bench, and Mustangs coach Nathan Brodbeck said he believed his senior tweaked his ankle.
When Bean exited, the difference teetered near 20 points. The blowout was a far cry from last season's YAIAA tournament title game, which William Penn won, 59-52, but it presented a similar challenge in trying to cool a strong Bearcat shooting performance. William Penn was 31-of-57 from the floor Friday night, including a 12-of-14 effort from the free-throw line.
"They shot the lights out," Brodbeck said. "We were working hard just to stay in front of them.
"I told the guys, 'Our season is bigger than beating York High.' You'd like to."
SOUTH WESTERN (56)
Jordan Smith 2 0-1 6, Austin Cook 3 4-4 10, Parker Bean 4 0-0 8, Scott Hess 2 0-0 6, Mike Duffy 1 0-0 3, Brock Geiman 2 1-2 7, Ryan Lane 4 2-2 10, Jerome Robinson 1 0-0 2, Noah Staub 0 0-0 0, Spencer McKercher 1 2-2 4. Totals20 9-11 56.
WILLIAM PENN (80)
Derek Wilson 2 6-8 10, Jahaire Wilson 5 0-0 10, Ohsajid Beard 1 0-0 2, Stephen Dickson 1 0-0 2, Tavon Parker 8 4-4 22, Ramel Stephens 4 0-0 9, DaiQuest Casiano 9 0-0 21, Trey Rivera 1 0-0 2, Davante Jackson 0 0-0 0, Trey Shifflett 0 2-2 2. Totals 31 12-14 56.
South Western 12 9 16 19 -- 56
William Penn 19 17 25 19 -- 80
3-point goals -- William Penn 6 (Casiano 3, Parker 2, Stephens); South Western 7 (Smith 2, Hess 2, Geiman 2, Duffy).
JV score -- William Penn, 61-49.