Delmar spoils senior night at Lake

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Jailyn Warner Delmar dribbles during to the basketball against Lake Forest

Jailyn Warner Delmar dribbles during to the basketball against Lake Forest photo by Nick Halliday

The Delmar Wildcats broke open a one possession game in the final 2:15 of Friday night’s boys basketball game, winning 59-47 at Lake Forest on senior night for the Spartans.

The Wildcats converted 9 of 11 attempts at the free throw line in that final 2:15 while holding Lake scoreless. 

The two Henlopen-South teams traded baskets in the opening quarter as there were 7 lead changes. Delmar held a lead of 18-17 after one period and opened up a 6-point advantage at the half, leading 28-22. Sophomore guard Takai Hugee led the ‘Cats with 13 points in the half, with back-to-back three’s in the first eight minutes. 

Lake came out of the locker room inspired and cut the Delmar lead to one point on a basket by senior Jalen Morris to make the score 32-31, then tied the game at 33-all on a pair of foul shots by Jackson Starkey. The Spartans took their first lead since the opening quarter thanks to two more free throws from Starkey at 39-38 with 2:28 left in the 3rd. That’s when Hugee picked up his 4th personal foul and sat out until late in the game. With :13 to go in the third period, Delmar’s Gage Wintermoyer drained a long range jumper to give his team a 43-41 lead going into the final 8:00.

Neither team scored until 4:28 to go in the game when Jaylin Warner made 2 foul shots. Just :17 seconds later, Wintermoyer hit another shot beyond the arc to push the Wildcat lead to 48-41. Undaunted, Lake cut the deficit to 3 points on baskets by Starkey and Calif Spencer with 2:15 left, but that’s as close as they would get as Hugee and Emanuel Ortiz re-entered the game, each with 4 personal fouls. Delmar out-scored the Spartans 9-2 to finish the game and spoil senior night for Lake.

Hugee paced Delmar with 21 points (4-three pointers) while sitting out almost 8:00. Davin Chandler chipped in with 15 points, while Wintermoyer added 8. The ‘Cats improved to 11-7 overall (6-7 Henlopen-South) and have one game remaining in the regular season before the playoff field is announced.

The Spartans were led by Jackson Starkey with 20 points (3-three’s) as he was a perfect 7/7 from the line. Senior Jalen Morris grabbed a plethora of offensive rebounds in his final game on the Lake court. Lake falls to 6-11 (4-10 Henlopen-South).

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