BEAR – The Archmere boys basketball team inched closer to winning the Diamond State Athletic Conference with a huge 55-50 road win over Red Lion on Jan. 31. It was Archmere’s second win over the Lions this season; they also took a Dec. 7 matchup by a five-point margin.
The Auks got off to a hot start from behind the arc. Jamil Comeger hit two deep three-pointers off some great ball movement. Ty Brinker added an old-fashioned three-point play as the Auks led, 13-9, after the first quarter.
The second quarter saw four different Auks hit three-pointers: Comeger, Brinker. Darren DiRenzo, and Louis Rosato, who added one right before the half to give the Auks a 27-21 halftime lead.
Archmere really poured in on in the third quarter. Brinker completed another three-point play to push the advantage to 11 at 32-21. Brinker added another bucket, and then DiRenzo and Rosato added two field goals each as the Auks outscored the Lions, 15-6, in the third quarter to take a 42-27 lead into the final stanza.,
It didn’t take long for the Lions to start chipping away at the lead, Gary Brooks got the Lions’ offense going with four free throws and a three-point play to cut the Auks lead to 49.40. DiRenzo knocked down a pair of free throws, but Brooks would answer with a pair of his own, then a deep three to cut it to 53-47 with 20 seconds left. Brooks hit a another triple with six seconds left to make it 54-50, but Brinker made one of two free throws to seal the win.
The Auks (11-4, 5-1 in conference) had three players score in double figures, led by Brinker’s 20. Comeger added 14 points, while DiRenzo added 13. They will travel to MOT Charter on Tuesday for a 6:15 p.m. tip.
The Lions (7-8, 4-2) got 25 points from Brooks, 20 of them in the fourth quarter. They host Hodgson on Friday at 5:15 p.m.