Last week was an exciting week of games for the boys that saw No. 2 Salesianum beat No. 1 Sanford, and St Marks split a pair against Catholic schools. This week has the potential to be better. So let’s take a look at this week’s boys games.
Tuesday: St. Elizabeth at Archmere, 6:15 p.m. The Auks are looking for revenge against the Vikings, who handed Archmere its only in-state loss, 68-60, on Jan. 23. The Vikings (4-9) come in off a win over Smyrna in which they scored 93 points. Archmere is 13-2 and looking to extend a four-game winning streak.
St. Mark’s at Caesar Rodney, 7:15 p.m. The 10-3 Spartans travel to Camden to take on the 13-2 Riders, who have won five straight, including one over Cape Henlopen on Saturday. St. Mark’s went 2-1 last week, with a win over William Penn on Saturday. This will be just the fourth road game for the Spartans.
Wednesday: Salesianum at A.I. duPont, 5:15 p.m.: The Sals should hold the state’s top ranking by the time this game is played. It had been scheduled for Monday but was snowed out. The 12-2 Sals face an A.I. that is 5-7 and coming off a loss to Concord. The $5 admission fee goes to Coaches vs. Cancer.
Conrad at St. Thomas More, 5:30 p.m. The 3-12 Ravens look to snap an eight-game losing streak against 5-9 Conrad in a Diamond State Athletic Conference game.
Thursday: Caravel at St. Elizabeth, 7:15 p.m. St. Elizabeth needs a solid effort against the 2-13 Buccaneers to help their tournament chances. A win would give the Vikings two tournament points to go along with the bonus points they are getting for their difficult schedule.
Mount Pleasant at Salesianum, 7:30 p.m.: Salesianum will face a team that applies full-court pressure the entire game. The Green Knights were 9-4 before Tuesday’s game vs. Christiana.
Friday: Archmere at Conrad, 3:30 p.m. The Auks play for another DSAC win, but this is not an easy place to play on the road.
Saturday: St. Elizabeth at Charter, 1:30 p.m. Charter defeated St. Elizabeth, 51-37, on Jan. 25, and the Force have wins over contenders Concord and Tower Hill this season. Charter started the week 7-6 but is playing its third game since Tuesday.
Salesianum at Concord, 2:30 p.m. The Raiders look for an upset at home against top competition. Concord was 11-4 to begin the week; this is the third game for each team this week.
Milford at St. Mark’s, 6:30 p.m. The Buccaneers travel upstate to meet the Spartans, but travel is not the only potential factor affecting this game, as this will be their fourth contest this week. Milford began the week 9-5.
As for the girls, they are also coming off an action-packed week. Some teams will have three games over the next five days.
Tuesday: St. Thomas More at Sussex Tech, 5:30 p.m. The Ravens picked up a win at Delmarva Christian on Friday to improve to 4-10 and will look to extend the win streak against 2-12 Sussex Tech. This is St. Thomas More’s last road game of the season.
Archmere at St. Elizabeth, 7:15 p.m. St. Elizabeth (11-3) seems to have hit its groove, having won four in a row. The Auks (10-4) also have won four straight, but this will be a tough road environment.
Caesar Rodney at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. The Spartans (6-7) suffered a tough home loss to Ursuline last week and have lost three straight. They look to return to the win column against CR, which is 11-4 and has won nine of its last 10 games.
Padua at Ursuline, 7:15 p.m. The Pandas travel a few blocks to meet their rival, the top-ranked Raiders, who have won seven in a row and are playing the best basketball in the state. Padua won in New Jersey on Saturday against the Hun School to go back over .500 at 7-6. Ursuline is 11-3 and won a tough road game at Padua, 57-49, in December.
Thursday: Tome (Md.) at St. Thomas More, 5:15 p.m. This is the first of five straight home games to close the season for STMA.
Caravel at Archmere, 6:15 p.m. It’s another tough foe for Archmere, as Caravel was 10-4 heading into Wednesday’s game vs. 14-2 Hodgson. Caravel’s two in-state losses were to the two teams ranked ahead of them, Ursuline and Sanford. The Buccaneers are deep and talented.
St. Elizabeth at St. Mark’s, 7:15 p.m. The Vikings took care of St. Mark’s last week at the St. E Center, 48-32. The Spartans look for revenge and a signature win with the tournament coming up.
Friday: Padua at A.I. duPont, 5:15 p.m. Your $5 admission charge will go to Coaches vs. Cancer, and you will see Padua in a tough road setting against the young Tigers, who were 8-5 heading into Tuesday’s game vs. Charter. This is the sixth of eight straight road games for Padua.
Saturday: Archmere at A.I. duPont, 11:15 a.m. The Auks catch A.I. with little rest. Ticket sales benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.
Padua at Cape Henlopen, 1:30 p.m. Back-to-back road games in less than 24 hours will tax the Pandas, but they can’t let a win against 3-11 Cape get away from them.
Caesar Rodney at St. Elizabeth, 1:30 p.m. This is the third game this week for St. Elizabeth, and it will not be an easy one. CR makes the trip north for the second time in five days.
Sanford at St. Mark’s, 2:30 p.m. Sanford entered the week 13-1, losing only to St. Elizabeth. (The Warriors played Friends on Tuesday.) Sanford features Alison Lewis and Chrishyanah Alston and will be right there come state title time.
Ursuline also plays two games to end the week against Ursuline Academy (Mo.) on Friday and the Ursuline School (N.Y.) Saturday in a sister-school tournament.
With just two and a half weeks left in the regular season and the number of games postponed by snow this year, the next five days present a great opportunity to catch some of the state’s best talent.