Boys’ V Basketball Opens Season at Westtown Tourney
Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity basketball team lifted the lid on its 2021–2022 season November 19–21 in the Westtown-Phelps Invitational in West Chester, PA
Game 1 (Friday, November 19): Westtown 69, Mercersburg 50
The Blue Storm faced host Westtown (which features Dereck Lively II, the nation’s No. 2-ranked prospect and a Duke signee) in its first official game in 21 months (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Westtown led 21–9 after the first quarter, but Mercersburg surged back to cut the deficit to 33–25 at the half. The third quarter was back and forth and ended with a similar spread before the host Moose hit back-to-back-to-back three-pointers to start the fourth quarter and cruised to the 19-point win.
Bryson Brown ’24 led Mercersburg with 16 points. Darren Blocker ’22 had 15 points, and Collin Metcalf ’22 added 14 points.
“We came out flat and had to fight to get back into it,” said Mercersburg head coach Sean Crocker. “Against a team like Westtown, you can't afford to take time off, and ultimately spotting them 15 points was too much for us. Given that we have more ninth and 10th graders than seniors on the roster, I was pleased with our effort and our energy for most of the game.”
Game 2: (Saturday, November 20): Kiski 69, Mercersburg 61
Mercersburg got a game-high 26 points from Blocker in his second game for the Blue Storm. Chris Watson ’22 tossed in 13 points, and Metcalf and Duncan Besch ’22 added six points apiece—but it wasn’t enough to get past the Cougars, who held off the Storm for an eight-point win.
Game 3 (Sunday, November 21): Peddie 59, Mercersburg 57
The Blue Storm suffered a tough loss in what officially goes down as a non-conference game against a Mid-Atlantic Prep League foe. Trailing 56–53, the Storm forced a shot-clock violation with 43.8 seconds left, but missed a layup on the other end. Following two Falcon free throws (the last with 3.5 seconds remaining) sandwiched around a foul shot by Adrian Rios ’25, Samuel Menendez ’24 hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer, but the Storm came up two points short.
Metcalf had 19 points to lead all scorers. Blocker scored 12 points (he was in double figures in all three games in the tournament), Watson added nine points, and Besch contributed seven points.
Mercersburg (0–3) returns to action following the Thanksgiving break when it hosts the annual Stuff the Basket Showcase December 3–4 in the Plantz Courts of Nolde Gymnasium. The Storm’s first game in the event is Friday, December 3, at 7 p.m. against Broadfording Christian Academy of Hagerstown, MD.