After watching a 14-point halftime lead disappear at Vo-Tech and Flight B rival St. Georges Tuesday night, Howard High boys basketball coach Chris DiMascio watched his seniors compose the Wildcats and they rallied for a 70-64 win to give the defending Flight B champs a leg up on the Hawks in the race for the Flight B crown.
“I’m extremely proud of my six seniors,” DiMascio said. “They know these St. Georges kids well, so it’s a very personal game.”
The Wildcats (7-3 overall, 5-2 Flight B) had four players in double figures, led by junior guard Larry Woody’s 22 points, including nine in a critical third to fourth period stretched that stem the tide of that St. Georges run.
Senior forward Khiry Clark (12 points), senior guard Ty Brown (12 points) and junior forward Lamont Davis (10 points) also joined Woody in double digit scoring.
“We knew we had to pick each other up and fight back,” Woody said. “It was very important to come back.”
“We came out slow in the second half,” Clark said. “We slept on them and it was real frustrating. So we had to rebound and make shots.”
After the Hawks (7-3 overall, 3-2 Flight B) turned a 34-20 halftime deficit into a 37-36 lead, the Wildcats unleashed a 16-4 run spanning from the middle of the third quarter to the 7:30 mark of the fourth quarter to go back up double digits.
“Those five points in the first 30 seconds of the fourth were huge,” DiMascio said. “I think those won us the game.”
The Wildcats withstood a furious St. Georges charge again in the final minute and when Woody sunk two free throws with 10.8 seconds to go in the game, Howard had a six-point cushion and a huge Flight B win.
“This was huge for us, we really wanted this,” Clark said. “This gives us bragging rights.”
“For one thing, this could help us get into the tournament,” Woody said. “We hear we’re inconsistent and all, but we want to show Delaware that we do have a good team.”
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