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Mallards respond well

(Jan. 18, 2013) When things are not working for the Mallards on the court, they quickly rectify any issues, which is why the Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team has been so successful this season.

Last Friday, the Gunston Day Herons came to Berlin for competition. The Mallards outscored their opponent 19-6 in the first quarter and led 32-18 at the halftime break.

“I thought we had a few problems with our defense in the first half. At halftime, I emphasized the importance of the fundamentals and basically told the team that I thought we could do better,” Prep Coach Keith Geiger said. “They, again responded so well. We only allowed four points in the third quarter and it sealed the game for us.”

While Worcester held Gunston to four points in the third quarter, the home team netted 21. The Mallards won the game 58-37.

“The guys are very responsive, [they] listen well and play hard. I really couldn’t be happier with the effort so far,” Geiger said.

Senior Zander Farr led Worcester with 17 points and six rebounds. Harrison Brennan, a senior captain, chipped in with 13 points and six assists and junior Matt Reilly had 10 points and nine rebounds.

On Monday, the Mallards hosted the Chincoteague Ponies.

The Prep team went on an 8-0 run to kick off the opening quarter and led 18-2 after eight minutes. By halftime, the Mallards had pulled ahead 39-11.

Worcester tacked on 23 points in the third quarter to gain a 62-20 advantage and went on to earn a 68-25 victory.

“Everyone on the team chipped in [and] played well…It was a good opportunity to let everyone play and get some confidence going into these next few games,” Geiger said.

Junior Ryan Nally tallied 16 points and Farr contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. Jack Marshall, a junior, scored 11 points.

The Salisbury School Dragons will travel to Berlin today, Friday, for a 5:30 p.m. game against the Mallards.

“[It’s] always a big game and a good rivalry,” Geiger said.

Worcester Prep junior Ryan Nally makes a lay-up during Monday’s game against Chincoteague in Berlin. Nally scored 16 points in Worcester’s 68-25 victory.
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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