(Feb. 13, 2015) The stands were packed with fans Wednesday, as Worcester Prep’s boys’ basketball team took on the Salisbury School Dragons.
The 48-26 win was extra special as the graduating Mallards where honored during the squad’s Senior Night.
“It was senior night and the crowd was amazing,” said Prep Coach Keith Geiger. “It helps to have a packed house with fans screaming.”
The Prep team was anticipating the match-up after falling to the Dragons 55-41 on Jan. 15 in Salisbury.
Worcester outscored Salisbury 19-1 in the first quarter. The Mallards led 32-9 at halftime.
“We played a great first quarter, and played OK the rest of the game. It was nice to get out to a big early lead. We haven’t done that much this year,” Geiger said. “Salisbury School was missing their best player, one of the best in the league, Bendi Papp, so I was worried that we might take them lightly, but we didn’t. After one quarter it was 19-1 so we were definitely fired up.”
After three quarters, the Prep team led 45-18.
Senior captain Erik Zorn logged 12 points and eight rebounds. Elio Telo, a junior, scored eight points. Junior captain Wyatt Richins and sophomore Tate Shockey tallied seven points each.
“We have a really balanced team this year. The rest of the league has one or two guys that make up most of the scoring, but we have different people leading the team in every game,” Geiger said. “We have guys coming off the bench that can score eight to 10 points. It’s nice to see that we are in first place so far because of our teamwork and team defense.”
The Mallards final game of the regular season is today, Friday, in Westover against the Holly Grove Eagles at 7 p.m. The Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference tournament is set to begin Wednesday with the semifinal round. The conference finals is set for Friday, Feb. 20.
“If we win [Friday], we will win the conference outright and have home court [advantage] for both playoff games,” Geiger said. “[It] is a big game. Holly Grove is fighting to make the playoffs, and they are good. It’s their last game of the season too, and they are going to put up a fight. Should be a fun game.”