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Seniors shine on their night as Spartans end regular season with big win

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MILLTOWN – St. Mark’s boys basketball team honored five seniors on Feb. 22, and all five started and scored in the 63-41 win over Polytech.

St. Mark's Chris Ludman drives toward the hoop vs. Polytech. He finished with 21 points. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

St. Mark’s Chris Ludman drives toward the hoop vs. Polytech. He finished with 21 points. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

It didn’t look too rosy at the beginning, however, as the visiting Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead less than four minutes into the first quarter. Seniors Zach Palmer and Chris Ludman hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to 12-6 and begin the comeback. A spin move by Ludman led to a field goal and cut the deficit to 12-8 at the end of one.

The second quarter was all Spartans, as they outscored the Panthers, 22-4. Senior Billy Sullivan got the party started, scoring six straight to tie the contest at 14. Palmer then hit a three, followed by a putback, and Ludman made a pair of shots.

The Spartans took a 30-16 lead into intermission but didn’t let up, as Ludman scored six third-quarter points. Polytech’s Joseph Haass caught fire in the third, draining a trio of three-pointers and converted one into a four-point play. The Spartans took a 44-29 lead into the fourth quarter, but a Haass triple cut it to 47-37. The Spartans closed strong, outscoring the Panthers, 16-4, including a three-pointer at the buzzer by senior Matt Smith. His teammates came running out to make this senior’s night.

Billy Sullivan looks for a Spartans teammate. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

Billy Sullivan looks for a Spartans teammate. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Spartans finished the regular season 15-5 and now await their seeding for the state tournament. They were led by Ludman, who finished with 21 points. Palmer added 13 and Sullivan 11. The Panthers were lead by Haass, who finished his season with 16 points.

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Eleven players score as Ursuline cruises in battle of the Raiders

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Ursuline wrapped up its regular season Feb. 21 at Concord by showing it is ready for the girls basketball state tournament. Concord scored the first bucket of the game, but it was all Ursuline after that, as the top-ranked Raiders swamped the No. 6 Raiders, 71-37, in nonconferene action.

Concord junior Zhan’e Snow opened the contest with a layup, but it was Ursuline’s day after that. The visitors ran off the next six points, including a nice back-door layup for Olivia Mason and a give-and-go between Alisha Lewis and Maggie Connolly. Lindsay Brown came in after Yanni Hendley picked up her second foul, and she drained a three-pointer as Ursuline built up a 17-7 lead after one quarter. Read more »

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Sals repel Raiders’ furious comeback, wrap up regular season at 15-5

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum used two big runs to overcome the long-distance marksmanship of Concord in a 62-51 nonconference basketball win on Feb. 21. The Sals finished the regular season with eight straight wins and a 15-5 record and are virtually guaranteed a first-round bye in the state tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

Salesianum began the game by jumping to a 9-0 lead and had the advantage up to 16-2. But Concord battled back through the second and third quarters, and the Raiders finally took the lead at 42-41 on a three-point shot by Matthew Ilodigwe with 1:29 to go in the third. Concord built the lead to 45-41, which is when Salesianum started its own comeback. Read more »

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Postseason seedings on the line as basketball regular season reaches its end

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We are in the last week of the basketball season before the tournament starts, and there are key games for both girls and boys.

GIRLS
Tuesday
Ursuline (18-1) at Concord (16-2), 5:15 p.m. The battle of the Raiders sees the top-ranked Ursuline team on the road looking to remain unbeaten in the state against top-10 teams. Concord hopes to
make a statement before the tournament starts.
basketballSanford (16-3) at Padua (5-14), 5:30 p.m. The Pandas face the second-ranked Warriors to celebrate senior night.  
Mount Pleasant (12-7) at St. Elizabeth (11-7), 6:45 p.m. It’s senior night for the Vikings, who look to win eight of nine as they fight for a first-round bye in the state tournament. The Green Knights bring size few teams in Delaware possess.
Wednesday
St. Elizabeth at Howard (13-5), 5 p.m.
St. Thomas More (13-6) at Caravel, 6 p.m. The young Ravens have a tough road test to help them get ready for a tournament game.
BOYS
Monday
St. Thomas More (15-3) vs. Lindenwold (N.J.), 1:30 p.m. at Delcastle Technical High School. The Ravens have played a tough schedule this season to get ready for the playoffs. 
Tuesday
Archmere (9-10) at Delaware Military Academy (8-11), 6:15 p.m. The Auks look to get to .500 on the season and win the Diamond State Athletic Conference. The Seahawks attempt to win their fourth in a row to end the season.
Indian River (12-7) at St. Thomas More, 6:30 p.m. It’s senior night for the Ravens, who would complete their in-state schedule undefeated with a win.
Concord (4-15) at Salesianum (14-5), 7:30 p.m. On senior night, the No. 6 Sals will try to finish the regular season with their eighth straight victory.
Wednesday
Polytech (5-13) at St. Mark’s (14-5), 7:30 p.m. The Spartans have a chance to win a 15th game and could possibly earn a first-round bye in the state tournament on senior night.
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Raiders withstand Caravel’s comeback attempt, finish home slate unbeaten

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WILMINGTON – The top-ranked Ursuline basketball team, in the middle leg of a challenging three-game stretch to end the regular season, built up a 15-point lead over No. 4 Caravel on Feb. 18, then survived a spirited comeback attempt by the Buccaneers to grab a 40-36 win in nonconference action. It was Senior Night at Ursuline, and the Raiders finished their home schedule undefeated at 6-0.

Ursuline used its trademark hounding defense to take control of the game early on. Caravel’s Sasha Marvel found Grace Lange following a steal for the quick 2-0 lead, but that was all the scoring the Bucs would do in the opening eight minutes. The Raiders answered with the final nine points of the first. Read more »

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Auks boys storm back for win vs. Newark Charter

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CLAYMONT – Archmere came from 11 points down to top Newark Charter, 44-40, in Diamond State Athletic Conference boys basketball on Feb. 17 on Senior Night at the Moglia Fieldhouse.

The Auks honored their seniors, who led them out of the gates to a 13-6 lead. Kevin Olsen scored six of those points. The Patriots’ Justin Thomas took over in the second quarter as he hit two mid-range jumpers and a pair of foul shots to pull them within one at 17-16. He wasn’t done, draining a deep three, followed by a long two-point jumper to give the Patriots a 24-21 halftime lead. Read more »

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Red Wolves’ first half too much for Spartans girls to overcome

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MILLTOWN – The young Conrad Red Wolves scored 31 first-half points and held off St Mark’s, 57-33, on Feb. 16.  The Conrad victory took some of the shine off of the senior night celebration for the Spartans’ Emily Coyle and Hailey Langan.

basketballThe Red Wolves jumped out to a 12-0 lead as freshman Julie Kulesza hit a deep three-pointer and two foul shots. Jordan Rook and Alyssa Faville each hit three-pointers in that opening run. Kulesza added six more first-quarter points as she connected on another triple, then had an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Red Wolves an 18-4 lead.

The Red Wolves got eight second-quarter points from Faville, and Kulesza hit another three as they grabbed a 31-12 lead at the break.

The Spartans played better in the second half as four players made three-point shots, and they played the Red Wolves close to even. Julie Kulesza added four points in the third quarter, while her sister Stefanie had six fourth-quarter points. Coyle and Langan hit three-pointers in the fourth for the Spartans.

Coyle led the Spartans with six points as they finished the season at 5-15. The Red Wolves (18-1) got 18 points from Julie Kulesza and 13 from Faville. They host A.I. DuPont on Wednesday at 5 p.m. to wrap up the regular season.

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Raiders sink nine three-point shots to defeat Sanford in showdown of top teams

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WILMINGTON – In the most anticipated game on the Delaware girls high school basketball schedule this regular season, Ursuline proved once again why it is deserving of the top spot in the rankings. The Raiders overcame a six-point deficit after one quarter with lethal long-distance shooting to defeat No. 2 Sanford, 50-40, on Feb. 16.

The Raiders (17-1) drilled nine three-point shots against the Warriors, five by junior guard Maggie Connolly. Four of Ursuline’s distance shots came during a second quarter in which Ursuline outscored Sanford, 21-9, to take a 35-29 lead into halftime. Read more »

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Brown brothers combine for 31 in Sals win over Quakers

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WILMINGTON – Paul Brown scored 19 points and his younger brother Jack added 12 to lead Salesianum to a 57-47 home win over Wilmington Friends in nonconference basketball on Feb. 14.

The Sals got off to a fast start as Paul Brown scored the team’s first five points. Jack Brown then hit back-to-back three-pointers to help Salesianum to an early 11-5 lead. It was 15-9 at the end of one quarter, and the Sals began the second stanza on a roll. Jack Brown drained a three, and Chris Cohill tipped in a missed shot to extend the lead to 22-13 with 6:46 left in the half. Paul Brown added his own triple before the horn, and Salesianum led, 27-20 at the break. Read more »

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Big second quarter carries Auks girls past DMA

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WILMINGTON – Archmere used a big second quarter to earn a significant road win against Delaware Military Academy in Diamond State Athletic Conference girls basketball on Feb. 14. The Auks scored 22 second-quarter points while holding the Seahawks to just six to take control on their way to a 48-29 triumph.

The Auks were trailing, 14-13, early in the second when they started a 19-2 run. Senior Danaziah Brown hit a three-pointer, followed by a steal and a layup. Junior Sydney Niumataiwalu converted an old-fashioned three-point play, and Brown drained another three. Then freshman Madison Stewart scored four straight before Amanda Denning scored to make it 32-16 at halftime. Read more »

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