Delmarva Christian rode the hot-hand of Hamilton Schlabach, and some timely defensive stops to a ten-point win over St. Thomas More on Friday night.
Schlabach led all scorers with 37, 15 of those points coming from beyond the arc, while Matt Dykstra contributed a much-needed 15 points to lead the Royals to the victory.
Delmarva Christian came out ready to play, catching St. Thomas More a bit flat-footed and taking an early 14-6 lead after just one quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Ravens offense – led by 15 points from big-man Tevin Brown – began to find a rhythm scoring 14 points in the quarter to go into the locker rooms trailing the Royals by 11 at the break.
After a stalemate in the third-quarter, the two teams entered the fourth and final stanza with the Royals still holding onto an 11 point lead.
In the fourth the Ravens began to institute a full-court press, while taking three-balls on offense whenever the opportunity presented itself. Their aggressive defense was able to force some turnovers, which led to points from a variety of contributors including Sean Pool, Corey Gordon, Rourke Bonnell, and Ahkill Patel, all of whom finished with at least six points on Friday night.
The Ravens were able to get the Royals lead down to just seven with a little over three minutes remaining. Though, St. Thomas More’s luck from beyond the arc ran out, and the Royals had begun to build their lead back up for good thanks to some transition baskets from Schlabach, Dykstra, and Micah Magee.
For Delmarva Christian, the win breaks a six-game losing streak improving their record to 3-9 on the year. They’re back in action on Monday, February 3 when they host Salisbury School at Sussex Academy starting at 7:00 p.m.
After a nice start, the Ravens have now lost eight games in a row, dropping to 3-12 on the season. St. Thomas More will look to turn things around Wednesday, February 5 when they host Conrad School of Science at 5:30 p.m.