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(Jan. 11, 2013) The Worcester Prep boys’ basketball team went on a 9-0 run to start last Friday’s game against the Delmarva Christian Royals and never looked back. The Mallards won the competition in Berlin, 55-39.

“I was very happy with the game overall, except for the third quarter, [when] we just got destroyed on the boards,” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “[In practice], we had worked on our man-to-man defense, talking, handling the screens, defending the post, etc., and we definitely improved in those areas.”

The Mallards led 14-4 at the end of the first quarter and increased their lead to 29-12 at the halftime break.

Worcester had a 43-29 advantage with one quarter remaining.

Senior co-captain Harrison Brennan was the top producer with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.

“In my opinion, Harrison played his best game of the year. He played very good defense, talked and led the team,” Geiger said.

Junior Ryan Nally, who Geiger said played his best defensive game of the season, chipped in with 15 points. Senior Zander Farr had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“We desperately need to focus on defensive rebounding for the next few games, but overall, I’m very proud of way the guys have been getting better every game,” Geiger said. “We need to keep getting better … if we are going to continue to win.”

On Monday, the Mallards hosted the St. Thomas More Ravens and again took it to their opponent early. The Prep team outscored St. Thomas More 21-8 in the opening quarter and led 35-26 at halftime.

Worcester had built a 55-38 lead by the end of the third quarter and won the game 71-42.

“I thought it was the best game we’ve played so far. The things we have been doing in practice are starting to pay off,” Geiger said. “There are still little things to improve, especially defensive rebounding, but overall, I’m very proud of the team.

“Playing man-to-man defense is hard, and running like we do is hard,” he said. “I’m asking a lot out of them, but they are responding really well, and we’re winning … I think that if we continue getting better on defense, we can be hard to stop because of our transition game.”

Farr led the team with 20 points, and Nally contributed 19. Junior Matt Reilly logged 13 points and 11 rebounds and Brennan tallied nine points and eight assists.

“Harrison has become the leader the last two games,” Geiger said. “He plays great defense, passes when he needs to pass and shoots when it’s appropriate.”

The Gunston Day Herons are scheduled to travel to Berlin today, Friday, for a 5:30 p.m. match-up against the Mallards.

Worcester Prep freshman Wyatt Richins drives by a Delmarva Christian player during last Friday’s game in Berlin. Worcester won 55-39.

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