Glasgow in Semis
Photos (from top): Tech's Brandon Mann (21) and Kevin Maull (23) apply pressure to Glasgow's Marc William, while Brandon Hudson looks to move on Glasgow's Sean Hammond.
NEWARK -- Sussex Tech High School boys' basketball head coach Jerry Kobasa can point to numerous accomplishments with his program over the years.
And even though the Ravens' 2002-2003 campaign ended in the semifinals of the Delaware state boys' basketball tournament, this season will rank right up there as among the best his program has produced.
The top-seeded Ravens concluded their season with a 66-58 loss to fifth-seeded Glasgow on Friday, March 7, in the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center.
Glasgow,, now 23-3, will face No. 2 seed Dover, which defeated No. 3 Sussex Central in the other semifinal on Friday night, in the state championship game on Sunday, March 9, at the Carpenter Center.
It's the second time in five years that the Ravens' season has ended in the semifinals, but the Ravens didn't go easily or quietly on Friday night.
The Ravens tried to substitute a frenetic pace fueled by a full-court press to compensate for their lack of height against the much taller Dragons.
The plan worked well, but not well enough against 6-foot-5 Glasgow forward Marc Egerson, who pretty much had his way around the basket all night.
Egerson finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, including 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
The Ravens had no answer for him inside, so they relied on a scrappy full-court press that allowed them to make several runs and prevent the Dragons from taking complete control.
With the press wearing out the Dragons' big men, the Ravens, showing no regard for the bodies, made run after run in the second half to cut Glasgow's 32-23 halftime lead to only a few points on three separate occasions.
First, Tech went on a 9-2 run to start the third period to pull within 34-32 with 3:47 left in the third quarter on a layup by Rashawn Johnson, who led the Ravens with 23 points.
During that run, the Ravens collected five steals and hurried the Dragons into three missed three-pointes, two missed layups and a pair of missed jumpers.
Glasgow regrouped behind its big men, though, to go on an 11-2 run for a 45-34 lead with 1:16 to go in the period. Egerson and forward John Pringle combined for 9 of those 11 points, with Pringle scoring 7 by himself on a dunk, a three-pointer and two foul shots.
Still down 47-38 at period's end, the Ravens weren't about to go away as they mounted another comeback with an 8-3 run in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Guard Brandon Hudson, who scored 16 points before fouling out late in the game, scored six of those points with with a pair of free throws, a layup and a jumper.
Glasgow proved resilient, though, and built the lead back up to 59-50 on an Egerson layup with 2:09 to go.
The determined Ravens would then make one final charge, as they scored six straight points to pull within 59-56 on two foul shots by Rashawn Johnson with 1:16 remaining.
But after Glasgow went ahead 60-56 with 1:04 left, the Ravens committed a turnover and missed a three-pointer while Pringle scored on an offensive rebound for a 62-56 Dragon advantage with 49 seconds remaining.
A jumper by Hudson pulled Tech within 62-58 with 36 seconds to go, but Glasgow scored the final four points on a pair of free throws by Egerson and a dunk by Pringle to hold the Ravens off.
Glasgow, which averaged 6-5 across its front line, outrebounded Tech 46-35 and dominated the paint with 48 points to Tech's 32.
GLASGOW (66) -- John Pringle 6-9, 3-4, 16; Marc Egerson 14-28, 4-6, 32; Saul Rosario 1-2, 0-0, 2; Marc William 3-9, 1-2, 8; Sean Hammond 1-8, 0-0, 2; Corey Lemons 1-3, 0-0, 2; Khyle Nelson 2-4, 0-0, 4. TOTALS 28-63, 8-12, 66.
SUSSEX TECH (58) -- Rashawn Johnson 8-23, 6-6, 23; Andre Johnson 2-3, 0-2, 4; Cody White 3-6, 0-0, 6; Brandon Hudson 7-22, 1-2, 16; Brandon Mann 2-6, 3-4, 7; Mike Burton 0-1, 0-0, 0; Tim Palmer 0-1, 0-0, 0; Kevin Maull 0-1, 2-2, 2; Addison Mow 0-0, 0-0, 0; Donald Humpton 0-1, 0-0, 0. TOTALS 22-64, 12-16, 58.
Three-point field goals: Sussex Tech 2-15 (R. Johnson, Hudson); Glasgow 2-14 (Pringle, William).
Rebounds: Sussex Tech 35 (R. Johnson 6, A. Johnson 7, White 3, Hudson 5, Mann 7, Maull 2, Team 5); Glasgow 46 (Pringle 5, Egerson 15, Rosario 3, William 2, Hammond 5, Lemons 2, Nelson 7, Team 7).
Assists: Sussex Tech 10 (A. Johnson 1, White 1, Hudson 3, Mann 3, Palmer 1, Maull 1); Glasgow 14 (William 4, Hammond 5, Lemons 2, Nelson 3).
Blocks: Sussex Tech 1 (R. Johnson); Glasgow 7 (Pringle 1, Egerson 4, Rosario 1, Hammond 1).
Steals: Sussex Tech 9 (R. Johnson 1, A. Johnson 1, Hudson 1, Mann 3, Maull 3); Glasgow 6 (Egerson 2, William 2, Hammond 1, Lemons 1).
Sussex Tech coach Jerry Kobasa on his team:
"These kids are a great group of kids. When you look at them, they look like Twizzle sticks compared to them (Glasgow), but they won't stop fighting, they won't stop playing. (Rashawn) Johnson and (Brandon) Hudson and Brandon Mann don't know when to stop. Kevin Maull came in tonight. Kevin did a great job for us coming off the bench tonight. We were outsized but with two minutes to go, it's down to a three-point, four-point game, we're still right there. You get that one play he calls the offensive foul. That's a five-point turnaround. Instead of a chance to go to the line to make it a two- or one-point game, they go down there and score. Those are critical plays."
Kobasa on the runs both teams had:
"The game is a game of runs. You saw that in the first game (Dover's come-from-behind 51-49 win over Sussex Central), too. The key is you hope your runs are more than their runs, but they scored a few more runs on us, today. They're good. 34 (Marc Egerson) is a helluva ballplayer. You can tell they've got excellent guard play. We matched up pretty well with the guards but we got hurt inside with all their big people. We decided in the second half that we're just going to keep going to the basket, take it to them, and maybe get to the foul line. For the most part it worked, and if a couple other things would have happened, who knows? "
Kobasa on his team's never-say-die attitude:
"They didn't quit. You saw a typical Sussex Tech game. They won't quit, they won't give up. That's what I just told them. The only thing you feel bad about is you got a guy you coached, who started for you for three years with Brandon Mann, or Kevin Maull's been in your program all that time, for three years here with you. They're not going to get that chance again, and that's the tough part. That's what hurts is those guys won't get that chance. It only comes down to two teams and we're not one of them."
Kobasa on having three Henlopen Conference teams, including two from Sussex County, after three years in which no downstate teams made the semifinals:
"I think downstate represented very well. We showed we can play. It was a good year. Nobody expected us to be near the conference championship. We were there with Central at the end, and nobody expected us to be here. So it was a good year for Sussex Tech."
Kobasa on where this team ranks with his other great teams:
"This is right up there with them. This is probably right up there with Brian's junior year, when we were real young. We're real young now. We've got four starters coming back. This is the same type team. We don't have a Brian Polk, but we did have a Brandon Mann and a Rashawn Johnson and a Brandon Hudson, so ... they're good kids. It's hard. We thought we were there. We honestly believed we were going to pull it out at the end. We said that in the huddle with two something to go."
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