Delta will get another chance to face Wapahani in the Delaware County boys basketball tournament.
The Raiders eliminated the Eagles in the tournament’s opening round last season. And two years ago, Wapahani defeated Delta by five points in the county championship game, the first of two consecutive titles for the Raiders.
Delta picked up an 81-23 win against Cowan in Friday’s semifinals at Delta, meaning it will play Wapahani in the tournament’s championship game tonight at Delta.
For Delta coach Stan Daugherty, it means his team has another chance to face the combination of Wright State signee guard Grant Evans and Raiders post player Jacob Foster. Wapahani is 9-1 and ranked No. 6 in Class 2A.
“It’s why you coach and why you play, to be in the championship game,” Daugherty said. “We realize we’re pretty big underdogs, but I think our guys are up for the challenge and looking forward to playing Wapahani.”
Once Friday’s game began, there was little doubt Delta (6-4) would advance to face Wapahani. The Eagles picked up a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter, and it continued to escalate as the game went on.
The margin stretched to 29 points by halftime. The Eagles’ starting lineup spent considerable time on the bench cheering on the reserves.
Daugherty said the rest for the starters could be helpful as his team plays its second game in consecutive nights tonight. But he said he would have spun it positively if his starters had been forced to play throughout in a competitive game, as well.
Delta had three players crack double-figure scoring.
Starter Jalen Robinson scored 10 points, with all of them coming in the first quarter to help his team build a big advantage. Fellow starter Kameron Slaven scored 14 points, 11 of them coming in the second quarter to help the Eagles push the lead further at halftime.
Reserve John Clawson, who played at various points throughout, scored 12 points and had 11 rebounds.
“One thing we talked about tonight was good focus early in the game,” Daugherty said. “I didn’t think we had that particularly well Tuesday against Daleville, but I thought tonight we did.”
Breydn Weston had six points to pace Cowan (1-8). Teammate Calvin Furniss had four points for Cowan.