BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum built a 12-point halftime lead and went on to a 53-37 win at Concord as the regular season came to an end for both teams. For the Sals, the next step is the state tournament, while the Raiders look forward to next year.
Salesianum jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a three-pointer by Jack Brown, and a follow shot by Darnell Vaughan. The Raiders, however, stormed back with seven straight, getting a three-point shot from DaVon White and two-pointers from Eric Neal and Paris Hickman. That would be the home team’s only lead.
A 15-2 run covering the end of the first quarter and much of the second helped the Sals put the game away. The first eight points of those came came in the first stanza and included a pair of short buckets from Luke Pastore. After Peter Simpson ended that run, Sallies scored seven more. This run began with a big dunk by Paul Brown following a Concord turnover.
The scoring picked up after halftime, but the Sals, paced by Vaughan and Mike Wallace, stayed away from any real trouble.
Vaughan finished with 17, the only Sals player in double figures. Salesianum wrapped up the regular season with a 13-6 record and will find out Friday if that and their strength of schedule is enough to earn them a first-round playoff bye.
For Concord, Matthew Ilodigwe had 14. The Raiders closed out the season at 5-13.