Tristan Wissemann leads Shelter Island into state Class D regional final

Tristan Wissemann of Shelter Island defends against Clark Tristan Wissemann of Shelter Island defends against Clark Academy on March 4, 2014. Photo Credit: Richard Harbus

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Add another chapter to Shelter Island's storybook season.

The Indians, fresh off their first league title since 1995 and first Class D county championship, will now make their first appearance in the state regional final.

Tristan Wissemann scored 19 points to lead Shelter Island to a 63-35 win over Clark Academy of Westchester Tuesday in a state Class D regional boys basketball semifinal at Westchester County Center.

Shelter Island (12-9) will play Coleman Catholic of Hurley in the Southeast regional final Saturday at SUNY New Paltz.

If there was any lag from the three-hour bus ride to Westchester, Shelter Island's players did not show it.

"We knew what we had to do and came out and did it," said Wissemann, a 6-3 sophomore center, who scored 15 first-half points to key a quick start for Shelter Island.

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The Indians started the game on an 11-4 run, led 20-11 after the first quarter and took a 36-21 lead into halftime.

"It's an unselfish, great team," Shelter Island coach Michael Mundy said. "If anything, we overpass."

That was not a problem Tuesday as good ball movement allowed Shelter Island to find holes in the Clark zone and break an aggressive press.

Wissemann's ball skills in the frontcourt were a big key.

"He's a great overall player," Mundy said. "We hope teams pick on him and double team him because one of the only things he does better than score is pass."

Clark was willing to oblige, frequently doubling Wissemann in the post, only for the sophomore to make intelligent passes and find an open man.

Matthew Dunning added 13 points and senior guard Matt BeltCappellino had nine for the Indians. Andre Carthorn led Clark (7-11) with eight points.

With the win, Shelter Island continues to live up to Mundy's high expectations for a program lacking a rich history of success. "We've been talking about it since the first day of practice," Wissemann said. "Our coach said to us, 'We should be playing in March.' "

Dunning said initially "we were in disbelief this was a possibility, after growing up and not seeing Shelter Island do well."

The team has bought in.

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"As the season went on," Wissemann said, "we knew that we could be a great team and one of the best to come out of Shelter Island. We're doing that right now."

Shelter Island's storybook season continues Saturday.

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