(Feb. 22, 2019) After getting off to a slow start, the Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team turned things around and pulled out a 27-24 victory over the Salisbury School Dragons in Tuesday’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Berlin.
“For some reason, we really don’t start off strong,” Prep Coach John Moeser said.
Salisbury took an early 6-0 lead before Moeser called a timeout to talk to his players. At the end of the first quarter, the visiting Dragons held an 8-2 advantage.
The Mallards chipped away at their opponent’s lead in the second quarter. With 1:40 remaining in the half and Worcester trailing 12-9, sophomore Mason Brown hit a three to tie the score. He made another shot with 28 seconds on the clock to put the Berlin squad ahead, 14-12, going into halftime. Brown tallied all of the Mallards’ second-quarter points.
Worcester outscored Salisbury 11-8 in the third to take a 25-20 lead.
Moeser said the Mallards maintained possession of the ball and worked it around in the last two and a half minutes of the game to try and run down the clock.
Worcester’s two fourth-quarter points were free throws. Brown netted one and senior Mike Curtis scored the other.
Mason led Worcester with 18 points.
“He hit a couple big threes that got us going,” Moeser said.
Solid defense has been the team’s strength throughout the season. Moeser praised the defensive play of freshman Brice Richins, guarding Salisbury’s Jared Vazquez. When Richins was on the bench, Moeser said junior Sam Tinkler stepped in and did a good job.
“The theme all year is we play great defense. We’re always going to be in the game with our defense. We just have trouble scoring,” Moeser said. “We ran and got up and down the court and got points off our press, off transition. Our half-court offense, we got good shots, we just weren’t making them.”
Worcester was slated to play the Delmarva Christian Royals, yesterday, Thursday, for the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference championship in Georgetown, Delaware.
The Royals won both game against the Mallards during the regular season – 48-33 and 50-30.