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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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Sals’ season ends as second-half comeback falls short

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WILMINGTON – Caravel watched a 10-point lead get cut to one in the last minute, but the 19th-seeded Buccaneers were able to hold on for a 60-53 upset win over No. 3 Salesianum in a DIAA second-round playoff game on March 3. The sold-out battle was Salesianum’s lone home loss of the season.

The Sals came out firing, as Jack Brown hit a three-pointer, and his brother Paul drained three field goals to give the hosts a quick 9-0 lead. It was 11-3 at the end of the first quarter. Read more »

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Sals repel Raiders’ furious comeback, wrap up regular season at 15-5

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum used two big runs to overcome the long-distance marksmanship of Concord in a 62-51 nonconference basketball win on Feb. 21. The Sals finished the regular season with eight straight wins and a 15-5 record and are virtually guaranteed a first-round bye in the state tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

Salesianum began the game by jumping to a 9-0 lead and had the advantage up to 16-2. But Concord battled back through the second and third quarters, and the Raiders finally took the lead at 42-41 on a three-point shot by Matthew Ilodigwe with 1:29 to go in the third. Concord built the lead to 45-41, which is when Salesianum started its own comeback. Read more »

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Brown brothers combine for 31 in Sals win over Quakers

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WILMINGTON – Paul Brown scored 19 points and his younger brother Jack added 12 to lead Salesianum to a 57-47 home win over Wilmington Friends in nonconference basketball on Feb. 14.

The Sals got off to a fast start as Paul Brown scored the team’s first five points. Jack Brown then hit back-to-back three-pointers to help Salesianum to an early 11-5 lead. It was 15-9 at the end of one quarter, and the Sals began the second stanza on a roll. Jack Brown drained a three, and Chris Cohill tipped in a missed shot to extend the lead to 22-13 with 6:46 left in the half. Paul Brown added his own triple before the horn, and Salesianum led, 27-20 at the break. Read more »

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Solid second half, strong free-throw shooting carry Sals past Spartans

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MILLTOWN – Down a point to St. Mark’s at halftime, the Salesianum boys basketball team felt pretty good about how they were playing and just needed some shots to start falling. That is precisely what happened in the third and fourth quarters as the Sals grabbed a road victory over the Spartans, 56-39, on Jan. 20.

The Spartans held an 18-17 advantage at the break, but that didn’t last long. Salesianum forward Paul Brown took the opening possession of the third quarter and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Sals the lead for good. Brown wasn’t done, making two free throws and a field goal in the first minutes of the second half to push the Sals’ lead to 24-18. Those six points were part of a 13-2 run to open the third as the advantage grew to 30-20. Read more »

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Shorthanded Sals pull out much-needed win

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum had a tough last week, losing two straight as they headed into Monday afternoon’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day meeting with Flint Hill (Va.) The Sals also were missing two starters, giving sophomore Jack Brown the opportunity to start He helped the team overcome a slow start and pick up a key 52-45 win at Concord High School. Read more »

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Sals smother Auks in second half en route to 21-point win

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WILMINGTON – After letting Archmere climb back into the game and go into halftime down just two, Salesianum’s basketball team came out in the third and shut the door on the Auks. The Sals outscored Archmere, 17-2, to start the second half and went on to a convincing 68-55 win on Jan. 3. Read more »

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Salesianum falls to No. 5 Appoquinimink in overtime

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WILMINGTON – Fifth-ranked Appoquinimink traveled north on Feb. 2 to meet No. 8 Salesianum, and the Jaguars scored a 50-46 overtime win in a defensive struggle that featured more turnovers than made field goals.

The Sals got off to a fast start behind five points from Kasai Guthrie, including an old-fashioned three-point play. The 7-2 lead quickly faded as the Jags’ Myles Cale took over with Salesianum big man Tariq Ingraham on the bench. Included among Cale’s points was a thunderous dunk that gave Appo an 8-7 lead after the first quarter. Read more »

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On Salesianum’s Silent Night, freshman make noise in win over Malvern

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WILMINGTON – The four freshmen players on the Salesianum basketball roster delivered an early Christmas present to the school and its fans on Friday night at Father Birkenheuer Gymnasium. They combined for 41 points in the Sals’ 63-51 win.

It was a sold-out Silent Night at Sallies, with the students dressed in costumes remaining quiet until the home team scores its seventh point. That came when freshman big man Tariq Ingraham put back a rebound, and the gym went crazy as the Sals took a quick 7-5 lead. Read more »

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Big second half lifts William Penn over Salesianum, 49-39

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NEW CASTLE – William Penn used solid defense to upset Salesianum, 49-39, in the Colonials’ season opener Tuesday night. Senior Daniel Walsh scored 20 points to lead the 10th-ranked winners, who were playing four new starters for second-year coach Stephen Christensen.

It was the sixth-ranked Sals who got off to the quick start as Paul Brown had a big dunk and Michael Kempski hit a three on the way to an 11-2 lead. The Colonials settled down, with Walsh hitting a three-pointer and another jumper to bring them within 14-7. Freshman Tariq Ingraham of Salesianum scored four of his eight points in the second quarter as the Sals extended their lead to 10 at halftime, 25-15. Read more »

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