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  • Riders upset by St. Elizabeth, 73-48, in boys' tournament

  • The Caesar Rodney Riders boys' basketball team entered the season with a new outlook thanks to former coach Freeman Williams taking back his spot on the sidelines. Freeman and the Riders went on to have a successful season, finishing with a 17-3 mark and earning a first round bye in the DIAA State Tournament.But all g...
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  • The Caesar Rodney Riders boys’ basketball team entered the season with a new outlook thanks to former coach Freeman Williams taking back his spot on the sidelines. Freeman and the Riders went on to have a successful season, finishing with a 17-3 mark and earning a first round bye in the DIAA State Tournament.
    But all good things must come to an end, and the Riders’ season ended before they may have anticipated, upset by No. 24 St. Elizabeth (8-12) 73-48 on Friday night.
    The Vikings were led by a well-rounded attack that had four players score in double-digits when all was said and done.
    Freshman guard Jordan Money put up a game-high 24 points, leading the way for St. E’s on Friday night. Meanwhile, Mike Pierkarski contributed 14 points, Malik Curry scored 11, and Brandon Gautier scored 10 in the winning effort.
    St. Elizabeth took advantage early on offense with solid and quick ball movement which led to some easy baskets down low. The Vikings continued that effort on the defensive end of the floor, keeping Collin Moore, James Palmer, and Alex Kemp all in check; the three Riders combined for just 15 points on Friday night.
    After gaining a seven point advantage after one quarter of play, St. Elizabeth pulled away in the second stanza dropping 22 points on the Riders to take a 39-19 lead into the break.
    The Vikings continued the offensive pressure in the second half, building a 30 point lead late in the third quarter essentially sealing the win once both teams went to the bench in the fourth quarter.
    Jaquan Hooks led the Riders with 13 points, which mainly came in the second half. Moore, despite the Vikings staunch defense scored nine points to pace the CR effort.
    St. Elizabeth became the third team to upset a higher seed in the second round, along with St. Georges Tech, and Cape Henlopen.
    The Vikings now move on to the state quarterfinals were they’ll take on No. 1 Salesianum on Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.
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