Prep’s Wyatt Richins stands with his team after a narrow loss to Delmarva Christian Saturday, Feb. 28 in Berlin. The final score was 29-28, with Delmarva Christian claiming the ESIAC Championship.
The Worcester Prep boys basketball team were a team that was not expected to win the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference regular season championship, but they did.
The Mallards were a minute away from winning the ESIAC title game against Delmarva Christian, but the Mallards wouldn’t get the last shot.
With each team tied at 28 with 1 second left, a Mallards played fouled a Delmarva Christian player shooting a 3-pointer. He made just one to give the Royals a 29-28 win Saturday.
“We had plenty of chances to score, we just couldn’t score,” Mallards head coach Keith Geiger said. “When we were patience we would be fine, we just weren’t patience enough.”
The Mallards trailed 15-14 at halftime, but Geiger believes the defense was key to keeping the game close throughout.
“When you keep a team to 29 points you have a great chance of winning, we just couldn’t score,” he said.
Despite the loss, Geiger believes the team should be happy.
“They certainly were not happy with the loss, but I feel we had a great season,” Geiger said. “We overachieved all season and won the ESIAC regular season title and was in the ESIAC championship game. Since I have been here this was the most fans I have seen in the stands.”
Also Geiger knows that the team has a solid foundation for next season.
“Essentially we have the whole team coming back, as we lose only one senior, and we have a couple good JV players who can play basketball,” Geiger said.