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Strong second half keeps Sals unbeaten

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WILMINGTON – Seventh-ranked Salesianum started slow on the basketball team’s annual Silent Night, but the Sals erupted for 34 second-half points to earn a 53-39 win over Appoquinimink on Dec. 16. Michael Wallace scored all 13 of his points in the second half and was all over the floor defensively.

The visiting Jaguars dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Sals, 14-6. The Sals’ student section, dressed in Christmas outfits, were silent until the seventh point, which came on a putback by Brett Henshey. He then added a deep two-point field goal and swished two free throws to ignite an 8-0 run to knot the game at 14. Read more »

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Three-point shooting keys Sals in season-opening win at William Penn

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NEW CASTLE – Salesianum, the eighth-ranked team in the state, used six three-point shots in a 38-36 win at William Penn on Dec. 4. It was the season opener for both teams.

The Sals struggled early, falling behind, 10-2, as the Colonials’ defense was stingy. The Sals then hit back-to-back three-pointers, the first one by Darnell Vaughn and the second by Jack Brown, to cut the lead to 10-8. Salesianum trailed, 12-10, at the end of the first but hit three triples in the second quarter, two from Michael Wallace, to take a 19-18 halftime lead.

William Penn’s Jordan Harding puts up a shot over Salesianum’s Luke Pastore during the teams’ meeting on Tuesday. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The offenses took over in the third quarter as Paul Brown scored his first points of the night and Vaughn scored on back-to-back drives to give the Sals a 27-22 advantage. Penn responded, and Jordan Harding knotted the score at 27 with a three.  The teams were tied at 29 before a three-pointer by Chris Cohill as the third quarter ended gave the Sals a 32-29 lead.

The fourth quarter was a defensive struggle that saw both teams struggle from the line. The Colonials missed the front end of three one-and-one opportunities and Salesianum in front, 33-32. The Sals finally capitalized as Vaughn and Brown converted inside to give push the lead to 37-32 with 1:38 left. A free throw from Paul Brown made it 38-34. William Penn’s

Terin Cochran scored inside with 10 seconds left to cut the deficit to two, and the Colonials still had a chance after Vaughn and Paul Brown both missed the front ends of one-and-ones.

Carlos Dean grabbed the rebound on Brown’s miss and drove the length of the floor but missed a layup as time expired.

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The Sals (1-0) were led by Vaughn and Paul Brown with nine points each. They host Newark Charter next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. William Penn (0-1) got a game-high 14 points from Harding.  They host Hodgson Dec. 14 at 5:15 p.m.

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