(Jan. 11, 2019) The Worcester Prep and Salisbury School boys’ basketball teams went head-to-head twice in five days, with each squad earning one victory.

Worcester traveled to Salisbury last Saturday and won 40-35.

Prep Coach John Moeser praised the defensive effort of the Mallards.

“Defense was excellent,” he said. “It’s become our calling card. Winning comes down to defense, in the end, and taking care of the basketball.”

The Mallards started off the game playing man-to-man defense, then switched to zone. The Dragons struggled with the Berlin squad’s press.

Both teams scored 13 points in the first quarter.

“I think we were a little hesitant in the beginning,” Moeser said. “We talked about taking it straight at their big kids, which opened up the outside for us. We shot pretty well.”

At halftime, the Salisbury Dragons led 24-22. Worcester pulled ahead in third quarter, outscoring Salisbury 9-4. The Mallards went into the fourth quarter on top 31-28.

Senior Mike Curtis led Worcester with 12 points. Senior captain Colin Miller contributed with 10 points.

“I think the kids are starting to buy into the system,” Moeser said. “We’ve gone back to basics and it’s starting to help. We’re much better than we were in November.”

Worcester hosted Salisbury on Wednesday.

Points were traded in the first quarter. Tied 10-10, Curtis hit a three at the buzzer to give the Mallards a 13-10 lead at the end of the first. At halftime, the Berlin squad held an 18-14 advantage.

Salisbury pulled ahead 25-23 in the third quarter and went on to win 37-23.

Curtis was Worcester’s top producer with 12 points. Miller added six.

Worcester will recognize its seniors before tonight’s game against the Salisbury Christian Jaguars at 6:30 p.m.

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