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DIAA boys basketball roundup: St. Andrew's scores second-round shocker

NEW CASTLE – Say goodbye to any sense of normalcy in the DIAA Boys Basketball Tournament.

St. Andrew’s, the 18th seed in the 24-team field, strolled into a packed house at William Penn on Thursday night, never trailed and looked composed all the way in ending the No. 2 seed’s season with a 54-42 upset.

“St. Andrew’s, we’re always doubted, we’re always out of it,” said sophomore Lamar Duncan, who led the Saints with 17 points. “But we’re always here. This is us. Now I hope the state knows this is St. Andrew’s basketball. I know we can play with anybody in the state, and I hope everybody can see that after this game.”

St. Andrew's Adrian Watts (24), shown here battling wrestles with Smyrna's Olumuyiwa Salako during a first-round win Tuesday night, scored 13 points in the Saints' 54-42 upset of No. 2 William Penn on Thursday night.

The Saints (16-6) earned an even more unexpected treat, as they will be the home team in a quarterfinal game against No. 23 seed Dickinson at 1 p.m. Saturday. St. Andrew’s home floor doesn’t meet DIAA minimum seating requirements, so the site has yet to be determined.

But the Saints are still playing. That’s the important thing, no matter where it is.

“It was amazing,” St. Andrew’s coach Terrell Myers said of the vibe in the postgame locker room. “The guys were extremely excited, jumping for joy, really proud of each other. They were celebrating each other.”

The Saints scored nine straight midway through the second quarter, taking a 21-11 lead when Francis Koblish scored on an offensive rebound.

William Penn (17-4) got its crowd involved with an 8-0 surge early in the third quarter, pulling within 29-25 on an offensive board by Brandon Ash.

But St. Andrew’s put together six unanswered points to push the lead back to 45-35 on an Adrian Watts layup with 3:44 to play, and the Colonials could get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Watts added 13 points and Brandon Graves scored 10 for the Saints. William Penn got 13 points from Ash and 10 from Brycen Boone.

Dickinson 43, Mount Pleasant 41 (OT)

PENNY HILL — When Dickinson needed a basket in crunch time, the Rams only needed to look in one direction.

Junior big man Kareem Ewell scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to propel the No. 23 Rams over No. 7 Mount Pleasant at the Green Knights’ sold-out gym.

Dickinson's Kareem Ewell dunks on his way to 23 points in the Rams' overtime victory at Mount Pleasant on Thursday night.

The Rams will play No. 18 St. Andrew's at 1 p.m. Saturday at a site to be determined, for a chance to get to the state semifinals in Dickinson's first trip to the playoffs since 2014.

At one point, Ewell scored 11 straight for Dickinson, which trailed 21-17 at halftime. The junior’s putback with just over a minute left in overtime gave the Rams a 42-39 lead. He then missed a pair of free throws with Dickinson up 43-41, allowing Mount Pleasant a final attempt. The Green Knights couldn't get a shot off.

Mount Pleasant's Devon Jones forced the extra session with a buzzer-beating layup. He finished with eight points. Samahj Gaymon led the Green Knights with nine points. Ewell was the only Rams player in double figures.

Salesianum 66, Middletown 39

WILMINGTON — The sixth-seeded Sals (13-8) dominated the visiting Cavaliers at Birkenheuer Memorial Gymnasium and advanced to play at Dover in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Sals led 19-10 through one period, 28-17 at halftime and 45-27 through three quarters. Junior guard Ethan Hinds led Sallies with 19 points. 

Salesianum's Ethan Hinds (left) works in front of Middletown's William Jaynes in the first half of Salesianum's 66-39 win in the second round of the DIAA state tournament Thursday at Salesianum.

“The whole game we’ve gotta keep our composure,” Hinds said of the Sals not starting as well as they’d like, including a 4½-minute scoreless drought in the second period. “It’s a big crowd. Everyone out there is looking for us to win so we had to make sure we did all of our game plan correctly.”

Sophomore guard Justin Molen supplied 15 points and junior guard Mashon Tiller had 11 for the Sals.

“They sped us up a little bit in the first half with some of their pressure,” Sallies coach Taylor Trevisan said. “I think just the nerves, some guys’ first time in an environment, a playoff game, like that, there was definitely some room for improvement.”

Better composure, strong rebounding, tough defense and balanced scoring made the difference, he added.

Ja’Bree Pitts scored 12 points and Nicholas Semonelle had 11 for No. 11-seeded Middletown (14-8).

Caesar Rodney 95, Laurel 65

LAUREL – Seven different Riders combined for 12 3-pointers as the 13th seed went on the road, built a 23-point halftime lead and cruised past the fourth-seeded Bulldogs.

Caesar Rodney (15-7) got 21 points from Kamal Marvel, 11 from Syed Myles and 10 from Brycen Williams. The Riders will play at Appoquinimink in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Laurel (18-4) was led by 21 points from Dontarius Jones, 16 from Javier White and 12 from Corey Mumford.

Sanford 67, St. Elizabeth 51

HOCKESSIN – Jyare Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the top-seeded, defending champion Warriors (18-3) broke open a close game with a big third quarter.

Sanford led only 26-24 at the half, but pushed the margin to 49-35 going into the fourth quarter. The Warriors will play eighth-seeded Delmarva Christian in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Salesianum.

Nnanna Njoku added 16 points and 10 boards for the Warriors. St. Elizabeth, the 16th seed, got 15 points from Nasir Brown.

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

DIAA Boys Basketball Tournament

Tuesday’s first-round scores

St. Elizabeth 55, Tower Hill 54

Tatnall 41, Delcastle 39

Caesar Rodney 73, Newark Charter 64

Caravel 71, Sussex Tech 57

St. Andrew’s 66, Smyrna 57

Dickinson 70, Woodbridge 69 (OT)

Seaford 50, Hodgson 41

Middletown 71, Lake Forest 56

Thursday’s second-round scores

Sanford 67, St. Elizabeth 51

Delmarva Christian 52, Tatnall 50 (OT)

Caesar Rodney 95, Laurel 65

Appoquinimink 76, Caravel 57

St. Andrew’s 54, William Penn 42

Dickinson 43, Mount Pleasant 41

Dover 63, Seaford 47

Salesianum 66, Middletown 39

Quarterfinals

Saturday

No. 8 Delmarva Christian (19-2) vs. No. 1 Sanford (18-3) at Salesianum, 1

No. 13 Caesar Rodney (15-7) at No. 5 Appoquinimink (18-4), 6

No. 18 St. Andrew’s (16-6) vs. No. 23 Dickinson (17-6), site TBA, 1

No. 6 Salesianum (13-8) at No. 3 Dover (20-2), 6

Semifinals

Thursday, March 12

At Carpenter Center

Pairings TBA, 6:30 and 8

Championship

Saturday, March 14

At Carpenter Center

Semifinal winners, 1