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Strong first half leads St. Elizabeth boys basketball past Friends

The Dialog/Jason Winchell

WILMINGTON – Tenth-ranked St. Elizabeth rode a 32-point first half to defeat Friends, 54-38, on Dec. 8 at the St. E Center.

The Vikings raced out to a quick 6-0 lead as Nasir Brown scored back-to-back hoops driving to the basket, and Jaden Dickerson scored on a layup. The Quakers couldn’t slow down the Vikings’ offense as Dickerson would add another two baskets., An additional field goal from Brown gave the hosts a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Dialog/Jason Winchell

The Quakers tried to cut into the lead in the second period. Tim Farley scored on a pair of layups, but the Vikings got Ray Jones going. He scored five points, and Dickerson hit a big basket as the lead was extended to 32-20 at the half.

The Vikings would go ice cold in the third quarter as they made just one field goal, a three-pointer by Justin Money. Their defense was great, however, as they pestered the Quakers into turnovers and made sure they couldn’t get back into the game. The Vikings would use free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to pull away as they converted 10 of 14 attempts from the line. Brown would make six of 10 in the final stanza.

The Vikings (2-1) were led by Brown and Money with 15 points each, while Dickerson added 12. The Vikings travel to No. 4 St Georges Tech on Tuesday for a 5:45 p.m. tip.

The Quakers (1-1) got 12 points from Farley. They travel to Archmere on Thursday night at 6:15 p.m.