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60-43 in Showdown
Photo: Delmar forward Vincent Stewart battles Indian River's Brandon Clark and James Bratten (54) for an offensive rebound.
FRANKFORD -- The Delmar High School boys' basketball team has picked up right where the school's state championship football team left off.
That's appropriate, considering many of the same characters that led the Wildcats to the state football title in December are on the basketball team that now sits atop the Henlopen Conference Southern Division.
The Wildcats will be hard-pressed to win a state basketball championship since there is only one division in basketball, but they are in prime position to win a Henlopen South championship following their 60-43 victory over Indian River in a showdown between the division's two top teams on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2001.
Behind guard Ian Hudson's 25 points and a stifling pressure defense, the Wildcats rose to 4-1 in the South and overall.
Indian River suffered its third straight loss counting a pair of Christmas tournament losses in Salisbury, Md. The Indians are now 4-2 in the South and 5-4 overall.
The Wildcats' pressure defense took its toll on the Indians in the third quarter when Delmar outscored IR 19-4 to take the game over.
Indian River had overcome a 10-point first half deficit to lead 27-23 at halftime but the Wildcats' pressure defense took its toll in the third period.
In that quarter, the Indians managed only 4 points. They didn't score their first points of the period until 4:13 was left, and they didn't score their other two points until the final seconds of the quarter.
Delmar, meanwhile, took the game over with a 9-0 run to start the quarter. The lead reached 40-29 with 31.9 seconds remaining in the period and the Indians never challenged again.
Besides Hudson, Dustin Johnson and Chris Zidanic figured prominently for the Wildcats with 10 and 8 points, respectively.
The Indians, who were led by point guard Bradford Morris' 10 points and 9 points apiece by Jermaine Harris and Brandon Clark, killed their chances with 10 of 25 shooting from the foul line.
During one stretch in the third quarter, the Indians missed seven straight free throws.
DELMAR (60) -- Dustin Johnson 3 3-3 10, Ian Hudson 8 3-7 25, Ricky Williams 0 0-0 0, James Stewart 0 0-0 0, Troi Handy 0 0-0 0, Vincent Stewart 3 0-0 6, Chris Zidanic 3 2-2 8, Greg Cathell 0 1-2 1, Demerius Cannon 2 0-0 4, Michael Hunt 2 0-0 4, Marcus Brown 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 22 11-18 60.
INDIAN RIVER (43) -- Bradford Morris 3 4-8 10, Tyrell Wescott 0 0-0 0, Jermaine Harris 3 2-3 9, Brandon Clark 4 1-5 9, Lester Bivens 0 0-0 0, Justin Tomlinson 1 1-2 3, Derek Houston 2 1-3 5, James Bratten 3 1-4 7. TOTALS 16 10-25 43.
Three-point field goals: Delmar (Ian Hudson 4, Dustin Johnson); Indian River (Jermaine Harris).
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