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2017-12-05 / Sports

Rally by DA Boys ‘5’ Stopped by S.S. Seward

By Tom Coddington


ON THE BOARDS — Nate Craft grabs one of his many rebounds during Saturday’s championship game. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter ON THE BOARDS — Nate Craft grabs one of his many rebounds during Saturday’s championship game. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter DELHI— The Delaware Academy boys basketball began the second half of Saturday’s championship game in the Bulldogs’ annual Ed Shalkey tournament with 11 consecutive points, but it was not enough. Visiting S.S. Seward had a 28-17 lead at the half, but the hosts, spurred by Cristian Aloisio and Connor Aikens, came back to tie the game.

The Spartans scored a field goal, and then the Bulldogs scored four points before SSS got another basket, which the home forces countered, but the visitors followed with six straight points, to gain a 40-36 edge going into the final frame. The Spartans kept the lead the rest of the way, and finished with a 61-51 victory.

Aside from the third quarter run, the only time DA had the lead in the game was at the start, when Tyler Bruce sank a three-point shot to counter a basket by SSS’ John Guerra, who would finish with 23 points and become the tourney’s most valuable player. Also named to the all-tournament team were the Spartans’ Matt Stam (13 points) and the Bulldogs’ Aloisio


DETERMINATION — Connor Aikens drives toward the basket during the championship game. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter DETERMINATION — Connor Aikens drives toward the basket during the championship game. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter (20 points) and Nate Craft (12 points). Andrew Sanchez added 10 points to the SSS offense, while Aikens tallied nine points for DA.

“That was a good run,” stated DA Head Coach Warren Kelly of the third quarter effort, “but we couldn’t keep it going. We did not shoot well in the first half, and they (the Spartans) were sinking their shots. The same thing happened last night, when we shot poorly in the second half.”

Fortunately, in the Friday opener against Midstate Athletic Conference Bainbridge- Guilford, the Bulldogs had a 36-20 lead at halftime, and finished with a 55-49 victory. In that game, Aloisio and Aikens scored 12 points apiece and Craft had 11. For the Bobcats, Tom Palmatier netted 16 points, Trevor Halaquist had 13 and Devon Sherhaufer 10.

In the consolation game, Hunter-Tannersville had a 33- 15 lead at the half, and posted a 54-45 win over the Bobcats. In the opening game on Friday, SSS defeated H-T, 51-45.

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