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Defense, free-throw shooting lead Archmere boys past Wilmington Friends

The Dialog/Jason Winchell

CLAYMONTThe Archmere Auks’ boys basketball team remained unbeaten after making 21 free throws in their 52-35 win over the Friends Quakers on Dec. 13.

The Auks found themselves trailing, 6-0, early as the Quakers got a bucket from William Davis and back-to-back buckets from Tim Farley. Archmere used its defense as Darren DiRenzo stole the ball and finished it with a layup that seemed to fire up the Auks.

The Auks would go on a 10-4 run behind an old-fashioned three-point play by Mike Marino and a three-point bomb by Louis Rosato. The lead was 12-10 heading into a second quarter where their defense took over.

Friends made just one field goal, and the Auks were on fire from the floor. Matt DiGregorio buried a three, followed by a DiRenzo layup. Then, after a pair of free throws from Farley, DiRenzo buried a deep shot to give the Auks a 25-15 lead. It was 28-18 at the half.

The defenses dominated the third quarter – each team scored seven points, and the hosts kept their 10-point lead. Archmere The Auks would build their lead early in the fourth quarter on another three-point play, this time from DiRenzo, and Will Schatzman followed with a jumper. The Auks made 12 of their final 16 free throws to ice the win.

The Auks (4-0) got 17 points from DiRenzo, while DiGregorio added 11. The Auks will travel to Delaware Military Academy on Tuesday for a 6:15 p.m. tip.

The Quakers (1-2) were led by Farley, who finished with a game-high 19 points. They are off until Dec. 28, when they host Wilmington Charter.