The Conrad boys basketball team turned frustration into elation Friday night.
The Redskins lost one-point games to Delaware Military Academy last Monday and Christiana last Wednesday. So they were determined to beat Wilmington Christian, no matter how long it took.
Conrad erased a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter, tying it on Jordon Blake’s 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds. Four overtimes later, the Redskins emerged with an 84-81 victory.
Four of Conrad’s nine players fouled out, leaving only five available. Jeff Blackway – the last man off the bench – scored off his own miss, then beat the wilting Warriors down the floor for a fast-break layup for the decisive points.
“In the fourth overtime, we had to put in a guy that hadn’t played the whole game and he scored four points,” Redskins coach Chris McLean said. “He was the difference.”
Three of Wilmington Christian’s nine players fouled out, and three other Warriors finished the game with four fouls. Blake, Conrad’s starting center, finished the game at point guard. The teams combined to shoot 75 free throws.
“I told the kids it was like a heavyweight fight,” Wilmington Christian coach Joe Thomson said. “It was a matter of who was going to be left standing.Conrad had guys fouling out, we had guys fouling out and kids were flying all over the place.”
Blake scored a game-high 26 points for Conrad. Jeramy Torres added 16, Franz Wong scored 13 and Kyle Malick chipped in 10. The Warriors got 18 points from Shayron Jenkins and 14 from Dominick Baffone, 12 from Spencer Lockard and 11 from Austin Harris.
Both teams emerged with 5-9 records, and stories they can tell forever.
“It’s the kind of thing you always remember,” Thomson said. “You might think you came out on the losing end of it, but at the same time, to be involved in that. … Every time our kids see an overtime game now, they’ll remember that experience.”
Get ready to sign
Wednesday marks the first day high school students are allowed to sign a National Letter of Intent to receive an athletic scholarship in football, field hockey, track and field, cross country and soccer. The News Journal will attend some of the signing ceremonies, but with athletes signing all across the state we cannot be at every school. Email photos and details of college signings to email@example.com, and we will include them in our coverage.
Hoops for a cause
A.I. du Pont High School’s basketball teams are pulling out all the stops to raise funds for Coaches vs. Cancer this week.
The Tigers will host boys games against Charter of Wilmington today and Salesianum on Wednesday, while the girls play host to Padua on Friday. All three days, the junior varsity will start at 4 and the varsity game will tip at 5:15.
On Saturday, the girls will host Archmere, with the JV at 10 a.m. and the varsity to follow at 11:15. The boys will follow against Tatnall, with the JV at 12:45 p.m. and the varsity game at 2. All week, admission will be $5 for adults, $2 for students.
In addition, donations will be collected at the door, and donations will be collected from area businesses. Also, discount cards featuring deals from 18 local businesses will be sold for $2 each, and 50/50 raffles will be conducted during all of the varsity games. Proceeds from all of the activities will go to Coaches vs. Cancer.
* Host St. Andrew’s swept the boys and girls team titles in the Delaware Independent Schools Conference swim meet last Saturday.
The Saints’ boys team outpointed runner-up Tower Hill 92-70. St. Andrew’s swept the three relays and got individual wins from Alex Geiersbach in the 200 individual medley and Jay Jacobs in the 100 freestyle. Luke Morgan-Scott took the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly for Wilmington Friends, and Bron Nadal-Todd won the 100 breaststroke. Tower Hill got wins from Adam Reynolds in the 200 freestyle and Greg Gardner in the 500 freestyle, and Tatnall’s David Crossland won the 100 backstroke.
In the girls meet, Westtown (Pa.) won two of three relays and six of eight individual events, but St. Andrew’s still managed to edge the Quakers 79-77. The Saints won the 200 free relay, and Caroline Fry won the 500 freestyle and Emma Porrazzo took the 100 breaststroke for St. Andrew’s.
* The Henlopen Conference indoor track meet will start at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Worcester County Recreational Center in Snow Hill, Md. Admission is free.
* The Henlopen Conference swim meet will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lake Forest High School pool facility. Admission is $5.
* The Blue Hen Conference swim meet will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at McKean High.
* The Delaware Independent Schools Conference wrestling tournament will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s.
The Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association announced the winners of three coaching awards at its annual banquet last Monday night at Dover Downs. William Penn’s Marvin Dooley was named Division I coach of the year, Woodbridge’s Ed Manlove was named Division II coach of the year, and Lee Sibley of St. Mark’s was named assistant coach of the year. DIFCA also honored two recently retired coaches – Joe Hemphill of St. Elizabeth and George Kosanovich of Concord – for their decades-long dedication to Delaware high school football.