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Sals to defend boys’ basketball crown, with three other Catholic schools in pursuit

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The boys’ state tournament begins on Wednesday, and there are four Catholic school teams looking to make a successful run.

Wednesday (first round, seedings in parentheses). All games at 7 p.m.

Nate Thomas (25) will be an important piece for St. Elizabeth, which will be playing without Jordan Money. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)
Nate Thomas (25) will be an important piece for St. Elizabeth, which will be playing without Jordan Money. (The Dialog/Mike Lang)

(19) St. Mark’s (13-7) at (14) St. Thomas More. This is a game of contrasts as the Ravens play fast and like to score, while the Spartans concentrate on defense and prefer a low score. This could be one of the most interesting first-round matchups.

(23) Red Lion (10-10) at (10) Salesianum. The Sals have won five of their last six and are playing well, with balanced scoring. Red Lion has been up and down but has a nice win over St. Thomas More on its resume. The winner plays Friday at 7 p.m . at (7) Delcastle (14-6).

Friday (second round). All games at 7 p.m.

(24) Howard (10-10) or (9) Milford (14-6) at (8) St. Elizabeth. The Vikings earned the final first-round bye and a home game, but they are playing without their leading scorer, Jordan Money, out with an injury. St. Elizabeth will need balanced scoring and a tight defense if they want to advance.

St. Mark’s or St. Thomas More at (3) Dover. Dover features one of the state’s best players, Jordan Allen, and will be a formidable opponent for either the Spartans or Ravens.

Sunday (quarterfinals). Games at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.

If either St. Mark’s or St. Thomas More wins its first two games, the team will play in the first quarterfinal at 2 p.m. vs. (11) Concord, (22) Caesar Rodney or (6) St. Georges.

Should Salesianum defeat Red Lion and Delcastle, the Sals will meet either (18) Laurel, (15) Middletown or (2) William Penn at 3:30 p.m.

St. Elizabeth would take on (17) Woodbridge, (16) St. Andrews or (1) Sanford if they defeat the winner of Milford vs. Howard. That is the final quarterfinal, scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start.

The full bracket is available here.