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Geiger hopes boys will learn from game, improve

(Dec. 12, 2014) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team fought back to within one point of the Chincoteague Ponies Monday night in Berlin, but the Mallards were unable to pull ahead and lost the game, 59-48.

“We have to do a better job of handling pressure, moving the ball and man-to-man defense,” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “Hopefully, we can learn a little from this game and improve on those aspects.”

Chincoteague led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, the visiting Ponies held a 31-18 advantage.

Worcester trailed 43-30 at the end of the third quarter. The Mallards chipped away at the Ponies’ lead in the fourth and got to within one point, but they failed to gain an advantage.

“We switched defense into a zone, which helped. I was disappointed that our man-to-man defense wasn’t very effective, but I thought we played better in the second half,” Geiger said. “We got to within one point in the fourth quarter, but Chincoteague went back to a press and it threw our guys off.”

Junior Elio Telo was the Prep team’s top producer with 17 points. Tate Shockley, a sophomore, scored 14 points.

“I was really happy with Tate Shockley. I thought he played extremely well,” Geiger said. “He had 14 points and made a couple key three pointers to bring us back. He didn’t miss a shot all night.”

The Mallards will take a trip to Greenwood, Del. to play the Greenwood Mennonite Flames at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday.

The St. Thomas More Ravens are scheduled to come to Berlin on Monday to battle Worcester at 5:30 p.m.

Worcester Prep senior captain Erik Zorn wins the tip-off to start Monday’s game against Chincoteague in Berlin.

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