(Jan. 3, 2020) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team lost its first-round match, but won its consolation game during last week’s Governor’s Challenge tournament.

The Mallards battled Frederick Force out of Frederick, Maryland, on Thursday, Dec. 26 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.

Frederick came out on top, 66-51.

“For not practicing for awhile [prior to the game], we actually played pretty well,” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “For us, 50 points is pretty good. We did really well shooting foul shots and threes.”

Geiger said the Mallards struggled defensively to shut down their opponent. The Prep squad also committed a number of turnovers.

Junior Mason Brown led Worcester with 18 points. Sophomore Michael Wehberg scored 13.

The other two teams in the bracket were Salisbury School and King’s Christian Academy of Callaway, Maryland. Salisbury won, 53-39.

Worcester and King’s Christian went head-to-head in the consolation game on Friday, Dec. 27 at Wicomico High School in Salisbury. The Berlin squad earned a 59-49 victory.

Missing three players, Geiger said his expectations were low.

“I thought we would struggle to score, but we didn’t,” he said. “We did really well. We shot decently from the foul line.”

Worcester led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the Mallards were ahead, 33-29. After three quarters, the Prep team held a 46-36 advantage.

We scored 19 points in the first quarter, which was nice for us. I think it gave them some confidence,” Geiger said. “Once we got ahead we stayed ahead the rest of the game. We kept about a 10-point lead. It never got really close.”

Senior captain Ryan Cronin and Wehberg scored 16 points each. Sophomore Brice Richins added 12 points.

Worcester returns to regular-season competition on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Mallards will take a trip to Frederick, Delaware, to play the St. Thomas More Ravens at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re getting back into it,” Geiger said. “We have a big January ahead. Lots and lots of games.”

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