The 3rd ranked Salesianum boys basketball team was “dialed -in” the moment they took the floor at Appoquinimink Tuesday night. On the strength of 10 1st half three pointers, the Sals extended their winning streak to 5 games with a 73-57 road win.
Head coach Taylor Trevisan received a tense moment just :18 into the game when starter Justin Molen went down with an apparent leg injury. Molen sat out most of the opening quarter, but fortunately for him and coach Trevisan, he got back in the game and promptly drained the 1st of his four shots beyond the “arc” with :10 left in the quarter.
It was the fifth long range make for the Sals as they took a 23-14 lead into the 2nd quarter. They would make five more 3’s in that 2nd quarter (accounting for all 15 points), and needed every one of them as the home team Jags fought back, cutting the lead to 38-32 at the half. Owen Parrish led Appo scoring 8 of his team’s 18 points in the 2nd quarter as the Jags closed the half on an 8-3 run.
The two “top-10” teams battled back and forth in the third quarter until Salesianum pushed the lead to 10 on a three-pointer and 2 free throws by Isaiah Hynson at the 4:00 mark. Then Christian Barksdale nailed a 3 and Parrish converted the “traditional” 3-point play with a layup & free throw to bring Appo to within 4 points at 46-42 just :90 later.
The Jags momentum quickly faded as Molen made three of four free throws following a technical foul, and the Sals would not be threatened the rest of the game, outscoring Appo 35-25 in the 2nd half.
Salesianum would end up with a 24-point advantage from 3-point range, making 13 three-pointers to 5 for Appo. The Sals were led by the sophomore Hynson with 21 points, while Molen and Kareem Thomas both scored 16. Molen and Hynson both made four shots beyond the arc. The 3rd ranked Sals evened their record at 6-6 and will travel to face #1 Tower Hill Thursday at 5:30.
The 6th ranked Appoquinimink Jaguars had a 4-game win streak snapped and fell to 9-3 overall. The Jags were paced by Parrish with 16 points (three-3’s). Tommy Vaughn Jr. and Christian Barksdale both added 9 points. Appo will face the 9th ranked Smyrna Eagles Thursday night at 6:30. The Eagles upset Dover and Seaford earlier this season but lost at Caesar Rodney Tuesday night 67-63 as the Riders 6-8 center Messiah Antwi scored 21 points and pulled down 20 rebounds.
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