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Dominant second quarter helps Archmere Academy boys basketball past Indian River High School: Photo gallery

Noah Blessington of Archmere drives into the lane amid a bunch of Indian River players. Dialog photo/Mike Lang

CLAYMONT — Miles Kempski had 24 points as the Archmere boys basketball team led wire to wire in a 59-28 win over Indian River on Jan. 13 at Moglia Fieldhouse. It was the Auks’ fourth straight win.

The Auks started early, scoring the first seven points of the game and generally controlling the action. The Indians, after making one of the longest commutes in Delaware high school sports, did not get on the board until Jeremiah Dennis hit a pair of free throws with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter.

Archmere, however, scored the next six points, driving inside for high-percentage shots over and over. Drew Duncan and Kempski did the scoring down low for the Auks in the first, while Charlie Malloy gave them an option from the mid-range out.

Indian River scored the final five points of the first, and when Rashad Hopkins laid one in to open the second, they closed to within six at 15-9. Those, however, were their last points of the half until Robert Lawrence-Mumford closed the scoring.

In between those hoops, the Auks pulled away with 15 straight points. Malloy’s baseline jumper ended IR’s run. Kempski and PJ Blessington each went underneath for two. After a short drought, Riley Schultz came up with a steal and turned it into a three-pointer. Duncan scored on a runout, and Kempski had the final three field goals, all from close in after Indians turnovers.

The Auks remained in control throughout the second half, but Indian River scored as many points in the third as it had in the first half. With the big lead, the entire Auks roster got minutes in the final quarter.

Nine Auks got into the scoring column, led by Kempski and Malloy, who had 14. Archmere (5-2) is on the road Tuesday to meet Odyssey Charter at the Grail Sports Complex in Elsmere at 5 p.m.

For Indian River, Tay’von Rounds had 10 points, while Dennis added 9. The Indians (1-8) play their next four at home, beginning Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Delmar.

Photos by Mike Lang.