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Defense and intensity leads team to victory

(Feb. 6, 2015) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team came from behind to win Wednesday’s game against the Delmarva Christian Royals, 34-31 in Georgetown, Del.

“The team played excellent defense. Everything that we had discussed in practice, they executed extremely well,” Prep Coach Keith Geiger said. “Offensively, we just couldn’t convert the easy buckets. Again, we keep getting good looks, and as a team we had trouble converting the easy ones.  It could have been because we were rusty, although it seems like it’s been a problem for us all year.”

The Royals led 6-4 at the end of the first quarter. Going into the halftime break, the home team held a 13-11 advantage. After three quarters, Delmarva Christian was ahead 22-21. The visiting Mallards did not give up with the game tied with 30 seconds left, and fought back for the victory.

“Our strength is in our defense. And the way we came back and won was through our defense and intensity,” Geiger said. “We kept making stops, getting steals, getting the rebounds and getting out and running a little. For us, the defense translates to offense.”

Junior Elio Telo scored 14 points for Worcester. Senior captain Erik Zorn had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

This was Worcester’s first game since Jan. 16. Students had a week of semester exams then last week they were on vacation for winter break.

The Mallards have three games remaining in the regular season.

The Prep squad will take on the Salisbury Christian Jaguars on the road today, Friday, at 7 p.m.

Worcester will face the Salisbury School Dragons, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Berlin. The Prep team’s seniors will be honored during that match.

The Mallards will wrap up the regular season against the Holly Grove Eagles in Westover on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament is scheduled to start Wednesday, Feb. 18, with the semifinal round.

“If we are going to win the conference we need to start making some shots in our offensive half-court sets,” Geiger said. “We need to continue to play aggressive defense and keep the tempo up.”

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