St Elizabeth basketball Kenneth Hunter Jr take a shot against Mount Pleasant photo courtesy of Nick Halliday

St Elizabeth holds off Mount to advance

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St Elizabeth basketball Kenneth Hunter Jr take a shot against Mount Pleasant photo courtesy of Nick Halliday scaled

The No.1 seeded St Elizabeth Vikings hosted the No. 17 Mount Pleasant Green Knights in the second round of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) boys basketball state championship. 


The two teams didn’t play each other during the regular season, but the two teams are very familiar. It set up the return of the Lawrence twins Jayden and Justin, who played for the Vikings the last three seasons. They transferred to Mount over the summer to play their senior season for the Green Knights. That added a lot of hype to this game which was evident by the game and the fans who sold out the St E’s center. 


From opening tip to the final buzzer the game was action packed with fans on their feet the whole game. This game did not seem like a game between a No. 1 and a No. 17 seed, but I think that the story within the game helped. The game was primarily led by St Elizabeths the whole game, but the Green knights were always within striking range. 


The Vikings led by 1 point after the first quarter, and 6 points after the second and third. The game was never out of reach which is what made this game so intense since each bucket mattered. 


In the fourth quarter Mount stepped up their defensive intensity and brough game to with one score. However the fire power of the Vikings prevailed. With about two minutes left in the game after a big turnover and layup for Mount which brought the game to within three points the Vikings went to their leader Aiden Tobiason.


 The Vikings ran a play to get Tobiason open with a clean look at a three pointer which he drained to push the lead to six. St E’s went on to defeat the Green Knights 47-41. Tobiason led all scorers with 20 points, while Julluis Wright added 15 for the Vikings. 


Mount was led offensively by Cyril Stewart with 13 points and Jayden Lawrence who scored 10. 


The Vikings advance to the quarterfinals as they host the Howard Wildcats this Saturday night at 7pm.

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