High praise from Fisher for Susquehanna Twp.
Know this much about the Susquehanna Township boys' basketball team: They're not your typical No. 9 seed.
After all, how many No. 9 seeds can say they've won two of the last four District 3, Class AAA titles?
So if top-seeded Eastern York had any visions of a cakewalk in its district quarterfinal Friday at 8 p.m. at the Giant Center, it might want to table them for a while. At least that's if you listen to what Golden Knights coach Larry Fisher had to say.
"They can be as good as any team we played all year," Fisher said of Susquehanna Township. "I think they had a few injuries, they had some guys out for a while. But their guards penetrate really well. They shoot well. Look to run the break. They're good that way."
Fisher said his team could expect an uptempo style, like the Golden Knights saw against Simon Gratz and William Penn. The Bearcats, you'll remember, gave Eastern quite the run for its money in the YAIAA title game Saturday.
Getting Township at this juncture in the tournament certainly isn't an easy draw. The Indians are 14-8, but they played in the rough-and-tumble Mid-Penn, and scored victories this year against district contenders Red Land, Trinity and Steel-High.
In other words, when Susquehanna Township is on, it can be a tough team to beat.
"You gotta play the best teams to win this thing," Fisher said. "So when you play them is not as important as how you play them. I told the guys tonight they just got to come and play hard like they have against every team this year."
Fisher hopes to have leading scorer Andrew Nicholas back at 100 percent. The 6-foot-6 junior has been bothered lately by a right thigh injury, which he suffered Saturday against William Penn. Fisher said Nicholas also was dealing with rather severe bout of dehydration in the Golden Knights' district first-round win over Wyomissing.
"He told me the gym was starting to spin on him a little bit," Fisher said. "I don't know, maybe he hadn't eaten right that day. It might have been a touch of the flu. We haven't quite been able to put our finger on it."