Glasgow had its ups and downs during a 12-8 regular season. But with a rapidly developing big man, the Dragons could be a sleeper team when the DIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament begins next week.
After averaging 9.5 points through Glasgow’s first 13 games, Tyrell Sturdivant has suddenly blossomed. The 6-foot-7 junior has averaged 21.3 points in the Dragons’ last seven games.
“I’m just trying to get him to have that state of mind of playing hard all the time,” Glasgow coach Shahid Perkins said of Sturdivant. “That’s what he’s doing. He’s not worried about scoring. He’s just worried about going out there and giving his best effort.”
Sturdivant scored 27 against Appoquinimink on Jan. 22, 25 against Charter of Wilmington on Feb. 7 and a season-high 33 against William Penn on Feb. 9.
“We’re definitely getting him the ball more,” Perkins said. “You look at the state of Delaware, there’s not many 6-7 guys out there. I’d be a fool not to say everything goes through Tyrell. We’ve definitely been getting him more touches.”
Perkins said Drexel and Delaware have already shown interest in Sturdivant, who is a solid student. A good summer on the AAU circuit could send his recruiting stock much higher.
“I think the sky is the limit for him,” Perkins said. “Right now, we’re just trying to get him to keep playing hard. The last seven, eight games, he’s been doing that.”
A young St. Elizabeth boys team got off to a 5-6 start, with four of those losses coming by five points or fewer. Now, the Vikings are winning the close ones.
St. Elizabeth (13-6) will take an eight-game winning streak into tonight’s regular-season finale against Newark. Five of those wins have come by five points or fewer.
It all starts with Andre Patton, who is averaging 24.8 points per game. The 6-4 senior has scored 30 points or more four times and has only been held under 20 twice. He scored 18 both of those times.
“Everybody knows we have Andre,” St. Elizabeth coach Dick Rago said. “But Andre is such a team player. He gets everybody else involved. Everybody else we have was inexperienced. Andre was our only starter back, and we only had three guys back who were in the program. It was all kind of new to everybody.”
Rago has been happy to see his young players develop, especially sophomores Mike Piekarski and Sheldon Sorrell. Piekarski, a 6-2 forward, has scored in double figures nine times and is averaging 9.3 points per game.
“When the going gets tough, they’re not panicking,” Rago said. “They also know they have the best player in the state to go to. You want Andre with the ball in his hands when the game is on the line.”
The Blue Hen Flight A boys basketball championship will be on the line at 5:15 tonight when A.I. du Pont (13-5, 8-2) plays at Concord (9-10, 8-3).
The Tigers can clinch the title with a win. But the Raiders could still take the title outright with a victory tonight and an A.I. du Pont loss to Charter of Wilmington on Wednesday.
Howard (17-1) and Hodgson (16-3) tied for the Blue Hen Flight B boys championship with 11-1 conference records. But the Wildcats took the title due to their 54-51 victory over the Silver Eagles on Dec. 11.
Cape Henlopen (12-7, 9-2) holds a one-game lead over Sussex Tech (13-6, 8-3) and Dover (12-7, 8-3) going into tonight’s final games in the Henlopen North boys race. Cape is at home vs. Milford, Sussex Tech is at home against Smyrna and Dover is at Sussex Central.
Polytech (14-4, 9-1) can clinch the Henlopen South boys title with a home win over Delmar tonight. But a Polytech loss would give Laurel (13-5, 7-3) a chance to tie for the title. The Bulldogs would need to win at Lake Forest tonight, then beat Polytech at home on Wednesday.
In girls basketball, Appoquinimink (15-3, 12-0) rolled through Blue Hen Flight A and Hodgson (16-3, 12-0) has clinched Flight B.
Smyrna (17-2, 10-1) can clinch the Henlopen North girls title with a home win over Sussex Tech tonight. If the Eagles lose, Sussex Central (15-4, 9-2) could earn a share of the title with a win at Dover tonight.
The Henlopen South girls title will be decided tonight when Seaford (17-2, 11-0) travels to Indian River (12-7, 10-1) for a 6:15 tipoff. The Blue Jays routed the Indians 60-30 at home on Dec. 18, but Indian River could earn a share of the championship with a win tonight.