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Mallards lose first game of season

(Jan. 25, 2013) The Wor­cester Prep Mallards and Salisbury School Dragons were both undefeated going into last Friday’s boys’ basketball game in Berlin. But at the final buzzer, it was the Mallards who added its first hash to the loss column.

“Shots were rimming out all night, we didn’t shoot well from the foul line [and] we got a few offensive rebounds that we couldn’t put back. Shots just weren’t falling,” Prep Coach Keith Geiger said after the 41-29 loss. “Also, the refs called a tight game, which slowed things down for us.”

The score was tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. The Mallards outscored the visiting Dragons 10-6 in the second quarter and led 17-13 at the halftime break.

Salisbury School pulled ahead in the third quarter, scoring 16 points to Worcester’s four. In the final quarter, the Dragons logged 12 points, while the home team tallied eight.

“Their big man (Dylan Shaheen) had 25 points, which is a huge percentage of their total offense; he had 14 points in the third quarter,” Geiger said. “Our guys played as hard as they could and left everything on the court, which they do every night … When one person dominates the game in that way, I should have come up with a different strategy for him.”

Junior Matt Reilly was Worcester’s top producer with nine points and nine rebounds. Senior co-captain Harrison Brennan had nine points.

“All things considered, a few more foul shots, a couple of threes fall and we’re right back in it. I still feel very confident in our team,” Geiger said. “It’s very difficult to go undefeated all year. One bad night, things aren’t going your way, and that’s it. I still believe that we can win the conference and the tournament.”

Worcester students had midterms this week and are off next week for winter break. When the Mallards (13-1) return from vacation, they will again face Salisbury School. That bout is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6.

“A lot of times you learn more from losing then winning. I am still learning and trying to be better every game, just like I tell my players, so I think we’ll be ready to play when we get back from break,” Geiger said.

Lisa Capitelli, Ocean City Today
Managing Editor Lisa Capitelli, a New York native, entered Salisbury University (then Salisbury State) in the fall of 1998 and graduated in the spring of 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree. She majored in communication arts, and minored in art, with concentration on photography. Lisa began her career at Ocean City Today as a staff writer in February 2003. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in August 2011 and Managing Editor in May, 2013. Editorial responsibilities include covering sports — from local high school games, to fishing tournaments and recreation and park programs, the business community and weekly happenings, events and activities.

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