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WILMINGTON – Third-ranked Mount Pleasant took control in the second half and secured a huge road win at No. 8 Salesianum on Feb. 6. The Green Knights outscored the Sals in the second half, 20-6, on the way to a 48-27 win.
Host Salesianum jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, as Michael Kempski and Trevon Alderman hit field goals. The Green Knights’ Sharif Holland hit a three, but Tariq Ingraham scored off an offensive rebound, and Duncan Treratola added a free throw for a 7-3 Salesianum lead. Mount ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, the last three of which came on a shot by Raheim Burnett as the quarter wore down.
The Sals scored the first four points of the second quarter, with a Fahmir Ali layup giving them their last lead at 11-9. Mount went on a 9-0 run, led by four points from Jaire Brown and a three-point play from DeJon Backus.
Salesianum trailed, 22-15, when Kempski hit back-to-back threes to cut it to a single point with less than a minute to go before halftime. But Holland made a three-point shot, and Burnett added another in the closing seconds to restore the seven-point margin.
The Green Knights maintained a seven-point lead heading into the fourth at 34-27. Mount took control in the fourth, scoring 14 points while holding the Sals off the scoreboard. Burnett had half those points, including going five of seven from the free-throw line. Salesianum, meanwhile, missed all five of its free-throw attempts in the quarter and went just five for 18 in the game.
Kempski led the Sals with eight points. Salesianum has lost two straight to fall to 7-6, and the team hosts top-ranked Sanford on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The Green Knights were paced by Burnett’s 17, with Holland adding 10. Mount is now 14-3 and has a showdown with No. 2 William Penn on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The winner will likely take the Blue Hen Conference Flight A title.