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Tuesday, March 4, 2003
State Tournament Quarterfinals
Sussex Tech 47, Salesianum 37

Photo: Tech guard Brandon Hudson and head coach Jerry Kobasa.

Sussex Tech guard Brandon HudsonThe Ravens reached the Final Four of the Delaware boys' state basketball tournament for the first time since 1999 while avenging a loss to the team that knocked it out of last year's state tournament.

The top-seeded Ravens improved to 21-2 overall as they held off a charge by the Sals in the third quarter and overcame a sub-par shooting night. No. 8 Salesianum concluded its season at 14-9.

The Ravens will now face No. 5 Glasgow, which upended defending state champion Sanford in its quarterfinal contest, in the semifinals at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7.

The winner advances to the state championship game on Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Carpenter Center.

In avenging last year's 50-43 quarterfinal loss to the Sals, Tech now has an opportunity to advance to the state championship game for the first time in school history.

Guard Brandon Hudson sparked the Ravens in their semifinal victory for head coach Jerry Kobasa.

Hudson hit for 18 points with 3 three-pointers, including a crucial three in the fourth quarter that increased a tight 35-33 Raven lead to 38-33 with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Sussex Tech coach Jerry KobasaSalesianum pulled within 38-35 moments later, but Hudson and Brandon Mann canned back-to-back baskets for a 42-35 Tech lead with 4:38 to go.

Tech then used defense to salt the game away, as it didn't allow the Sals to score in the final 3:06.

The Ravens had taken a 9-point lead in the first half before Salesianum closed the gap to 23-18 by halftime.

Swingman Rashawn Johnson was the only other Raven in double figures as he scored 16 points including a three-pointer. Mann chipped in with 8 points.

Facing Salesianum's slow-down game, the Ravens' point total was their lowest of the season and well below their 75.1 points per game average this year.

Glasgow enters the semifinals with a 22-2 record after ousting Sanford and all-state center Wil Sheridan 62-47 in a Tuesday night quarterfinal. Glasgow was led in its quarterfinal win by Marc Egerson's 30 points.

The Dragons defeated St. Elizabeth 59-57 in overtime in the second round. Egerson scored 27 points in that game.

Saturday, March 1, 2003
Second Round State Tournament
Sussex Tech 61, Howard 41

Photo: Tech swingman Rashawn Johnson

Tech swingman Rashawn JohnsonThe Ravens advanced to the quarterfinals of the Delaware state boys' basketball tournament for the third time in the past four years with the easy win over Howard.

The top seed in the tournament, Tech rose to 20-2 overall after outscoring the Wildcats 23-11 in the third quarter.

The Ravens will now face Salesianum in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 4, at a time and site to be determined. Salesianum, seeded 8th, defeated No. 9 Caravel 64-59 in another second round game on Saturday.

Rashawn Johnson led the Ravens with 21 points. Brandon Hudson, Kevin Maull and Andre Johnson all added 9 points apiece.

The Ravens have now been to the quarterfinals in 2000, 2002 and 2003. They reached the second round in 2001. The Ravens were eliminated from the 2000 quarterfinals by Howard in what turned out to be the last game at Tech for standout senior Brian Polk, now a junior at Temple University.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003
Sussex Central 66, Sussex Tech 60

For details on the Ravens' loss in a tie-breaker for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division championship, click on the score above.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2003
Sussex Tech 85, Seaford 51

The Ravens earned a spot opposite Sussex Central in a tie-breaker for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title with the easy win over Seaford.

Playing for the third straight night, Tech, named the top seed in this year's state boys' basketball tournament, will face Central at 7:30 p.m. at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with the winner claiming the North and advancing to the Henlopen Conference championship game against Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Cape.

Against Seaford, Tech dominated in the first and third periods. The Ravens outscored the Blue Jays 25-12 in the first quarter and then put the game away with a 25-7 advantage in the third quarter.

Rashawn Johnson continued his hot scoring streak with a game-high 30 points. Kevin Maull added 11 points.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003
Sussex Tech 63, Dover 60

The Ravens put themselves right in the thick of the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title chase while seriously damaging Dover's title hopes.

Now 16-2 in the conference and tied with Sussex Central for the division lead, the Ravens face Seaford on Monday, Feb. 24, in their final conference game.

Central faces Caesar Rodney in another game on Monday night. If both Central and Tech win, a tie-breaker will be played Tuesday night with the conference championship game against Henlopen South champion Laurel moved to Wednesday night.

Dover, meanwhile, concluded its regular season at 16-3 in the conference. The Senators' only hopes now are for both Central and Tech to lose tonight to force a three-way tie.

Against Dover, Tech took control in the third quarter with a 17-9 advantage. That gave the Ravens a 47-39 lead going into the final period, and they held Dover off down the stretch.

Swingman Rashawn Johnson's 27 points helped the Ravens end Dover's 13-game winning streak. Johnson hit four of the Ravens' six three-pointers. Andre Johnson and Kevin Maull contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003
Sussex Tech 85, Caesar Rodney 47

The easy victory lifted the Ravens into a two-way tie for second place with Sussex Central in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, just a half-game behind division-leading Dover.

With two games to play, both Tech and Central are 15-2 in the conference. Dover is 16-2 with one game remaining against Tech on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Against CR, the Ravens bolted to a 22-point halftime lead and never looked back.

Swingman Rashawn Johnson poured in 27 points for Tech including a 10-for-11 performance from the foul line. Brandon Hudson added 17 points and Cody White scored 12.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003
Sussex Tech 76, Cape Henlopen 56

The Ravens rolled to the Henlopen Conference Northern Division triumph behind swingman Rashawn Johnson.

Johnson scored a game-high 27 points for Tech, which took a 35-26 halftime lead over Cape Henlopen and then blew the game open with a 22-13 advantage in the third quarter.

Besides Johnson, the Ravens also got double-digit scoring efforts from Brandon Hudson andAndre Johnson, who added 12 points apiece.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003
Sussex Tech 76, Sussex Central 60

The Ravens had no trouble dispatching their Kent County rivals as they kept pace with Dover and Sussex Central for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title.

Tech took a 33-21 lead at halftime and finished the game off with a 21-13 advantage in the fourth period.

Rashawn Johnson's 22 points sparked the Ravens. Brandon Man added 13 points and Kevin Maull contributed 10 more.

Tech took 40 free throws but made only 21.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003
Sussex Tech 76, Sussex Central 60

The Ravens rescusitated their hopes of defending their Henlopen Conference Northern Division championship with a huge win over division-leading < href="../sc/boyshooprecap.html">Sussex Central.

The victory avenged a 94-76 loss to Central earlier in the season but more importantly, pulled the Ravens to within 1/2 game of the Knights for the North lead. Central is 12-1 in the division, while Tech is now 12-2 in the North and 14-2 overall.

The Ravens started fast as they took a 43-29 halftime lead.

While guard Brandon Mann sparked the victory with a season-high 28 points, the return of starting center Cody White, who missed the first game against Central with an injury, gave the Ravens some size against the Knights' bigger lineup. White finished with 13 points.

Tech took it to the Knights, who had outscored their conference opponents this season by an average of 19.7 points a game. The Ravens made 18 of their 24 free throws.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003
Sussex Tech 79, Smyrna 63

The Ravens rolled to their sixth straight victory to stay in the hunt for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown.

Tech rose to 11-2 in the conference and 14-2 overall and remained within two games of division-leading Sussex Central.

The Ravens were led by Rashawn Johnson's career-high 32 points in the win over Smyrna. Brandon Mann added 25 points. Andre Johnson and Cody White contributed 9 and 7 points, respectively.

Tech broke the game open with a 20-8 advantage in the second quarter.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2003
Sussex Tech 102, Delmar 44

The Ravens ripped off their highest point total in three years as they cruised to an easy Henlopen Conference victory.

In rising to 10-2 in the conference and 13-2 overall, Tech bolted to a 30-4 lead over Delmar after the first quarter and a 56-19 at halftime.

The Ravens put the game away for good with a 35-7 advantage in the third quarter en route to their highest point total since a 106-70 win over Seaford on Feb. 4, 2000.

Tech drained 9 three-pointers to account for 25 percent of its points.

Brandon Hudson sank 4 of those three-pointers in scoring 20 points in his first game against his former teammates. Hudson was a guard on Delmar's basketball team and a starting quarterback on its state championship football team last year.

Besides Hudson, four other Ravens hit double figures. Brandon Mann scored 16 points, Gavin Coco added 15 points including 3 three-pointers, Rashawn Johnson contributed 13 points including 2 three-pointers, and Tim Palmer chipped in with 11 points.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003
Sussex Tech 69, Laurel 64

The Ravens got a big victory for their fourth straight win.

Brandon Mann led the way with 20 points for Tech, which held Laurel off down the stretch. It was the third straight game that Mann led the Ravens in scoring.

The Ravens earned a hard-fought 31-30 halftime lead, padded it a little in the third quarter to go ahead 52-48 entering the fourth period, and then held on from there.

Besides Mann, Brandon Hudson and Rashawn Johnson were also in double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively. The duo combined for 5 three-pointers, with Johnson draining three of them. Shawn Evans also contributed with 8 points.

Tech also took advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line by hitting 10 of 12. Laurel only sank 3 of its 10 foul shots.

The win raised Tech to 9-2 in the conference and 12-2 overall.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003
Sussex Tech 60, Indian River 40

The Ravens remained perfect against Henlopen Conference Southern Division opponents as they won their third straight game and their 10th in the last 11 contests.

Three Ravens scored in double figures, with guard Brandon Mann leading the way with 20 points.

Forward Kevin Maull and guard Brandon Hudson added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Hudson hit 2 three-pointers. Center Andre Johnson contributed 9 points.

The Ravens gradually pulled away from Indian River over the last three periods.

Tech is 8-2 in the conference and 11-2 overall.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003
Sussex Tech 79, Woodbridge 27

The Ravens won for the 9th time in the last 10 games with the easy Henlopen Conference triumph.

Tech jumped out to a 23-5 lead over Woodbridge after one quarter, stretched it to 43-15 at halftime, and then expanded it to 59-20 after three quarters.

Guard Brandon Mann led all scorers with 19 points. He was joined in double figures by Andre Johnson with 14 points. Tim Palmer and Kevin Maull added 8 points apiece.

Tech is now 7-2 in the conference and 10-2 overall.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2003
Sussex Tech 65, Milford 51

The Ravens got back on track with the Henlopen Conference triumph.

With Rashawn Johnson pouring in a game-high 25 points, Tech pulled away from Milford with a 16-7 advantage in the third period.

Besides Johnson, guard Brandon Mann scored 12 points and forward Andre Johnson added 11 to reach double figures.

The Ravens are now 6-2 in the conference and 9-2 overall.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003
Dover 77, Sussex Tech 70 (OT)

The Ravens suffered a tough overtime loss in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division game that dropped them two games behind division-leader Sussex Central.

In losing for the first time in eight games, the Ravens were outscored 13-6 in the overtime period. They led 28-20 at halftime but were outscored 25-13 in the third period.

Brandon Hudson led Tech with 19 points, while Rashawn Johnson was held to 18. It was the first time this season that Johnson was held to less than 20 points.

Dover's Tyrell Moses scored 32 points including a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation. Tech is now 5-2 in the North and 8-2 overall.

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003
Sussex Tech 75, Seaford 67

Sussex Tech forward Andre JohnsonPhoto: Tech forward Andre Johnson.

The Ravens reopened their Henlopen Conference Northern Division campaign with their seventh straight victory.

Hot scoring swingman Rashawn Johnson again led Tech with 26 points. He was joined in double figures by guard Brandon Hudson with 19 points. Andre Johnson contributed 10 points and forward Kevin Maull chipped in with 9.

Tech took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring Seaford 25-15 for a 41-30 halftime lead. The Ravens expanded the lead to 61-44 after three quarters.

The win raised the Ravens' records to 5-1 in the Henlopen North and 8-1 overall.

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002
Sussex Tech 80, Cambridge-SD (Md.) 65

Photo: Tech swingman Rashawn Johnson.

Sussex Tech swingman Rashawn JohnsonSwingman Rashawn Johnson continued his hot scoring streak with his second straight 30-point outing as the Ravens rolled to victory in the Salisbury (Md.) Lions Club Tournament.

Johnson added 32 points to his 35-point outburst against Crisfield in the Ravens' first tournament game to increase his average to 27.0 points per game.

In the last three games, Johnson has averaged 32 points per outing.

The Ravens took control of the game against Cambridge early with a 24-13 advantage after the first quarter.

Besides Johnson, forward Kevin Maull, with 19 points, and guard Brandon Mann, with 13 points, were also in double figures.

With their sixth straight victory, the Ravens are now 7-1 overall.

Friday, Dec. 27, 2002
Sussex Tech 70, Crisfield (Md.) 43

The Ravens, behind swingman Rashawn Johnson's career-high 35 points, rolled to victory in the Salisbury (Md.) Lions Club Tournament.

Johnson continued his torrid scoring this season and is now averaging 26.3 points per game. He has recorded season-highs in each of the last two games.

Tech led just 30-27 at halftime but went on a 17-0 run in the second half to run away with the game at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

The Ravens outrebounded Crisfield 40-18, including 16-4 on the offensive boards.

Now 6-1 overall, the Ravens completed the rout with a 24-5 advantage in the fourth quarter.

No other Ravens scored in double figures but guards Brandon Mann and Brandon Hudson and forward Kevin Maull added 6 points apiece.

Sussex Tech swingman Rashawn Johnson

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002
Sussex Tech 74, Delcastle 55

Photo: Tech swingman Rashawn Johnson.

The Ravens rolled to the nonconference win behind Rashawn Johson's season-high 29 points.

Tech jumped on its upstate opponent early as it rolled to a 21-8 lead after one quarter and a 37-18 advantage by halftime.

Johnson was joined in double figures by guard Brandon Mann and forward Kevin Maull with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

The Ravens are now 5-1 overall.

Johnson, meanwhile, has scored at least 20 points in all six of the Ravens' games and is averaging 24.8 points per game.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002
Sussex Tech 95, Polytech 37

The Ravens struggled a bit in the first quarter but then ran away from Polytech in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division game.

After leading just 14-11 after the first period, the Ravens went on a 81-26 binge over the final three quarters on the way to their highest point total of the season and their highest point total since a 95-62 win over Caesar Rodney on Jan. 7, 2000.

The Ravens are 4-1 in the conference and overall. The Ravens' four wins have been by an average of 35.25 points.

Rashawn Johnson sparked the rout with a game-high 22 points. Johnson has yet to be held under 20 points this season as he is averaging 24.0 points a game.

Guards Brandon Hudson and Brandon Mann added 10 points apiece and guard Gavin Coco and forward Kevin Maull contributed 9 points each. Hudson hit a pair of three-pointers.

Sussex Tech forward Tim Palmer

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002
Sussex Tech 81,
Cape Henlopen 61

Photo: Tech forward Tim Palmer.

The Ravens jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory.

Tech took a 20-5 lead over Cape Henlopen after one period in rising to 3-1 in the conference and overall.

Swingman Rashawn Johnson led the rout with a game-high 23 points.

Johnson is averaging 24.5 points a game and has scored at least 20 points in each of the Ravens' four games this year.

Also in double figures were guard Brandon Mann with 16 points and forward Kevin Maull with 15 points. Tim Palmer contributed 8 points.

Sussex Tech forward Kevin Maull

Friday, Dec. 13, 2002
Sussex Tech 63,
Lake Forest 29

Photo: Tech forward Kevin Maull.

The Ravens bounced back from their first defeat of the season to rout Lake Forest in a game billed as a rematch of the Henlopen Conference championship game won by Tech 58-49 last year.

Tech jumped all over Lake by holding the Spartans scoreless in the first period and taking a 33-6 lead at halftime.

Rashawn Johnson's 20 points sparked the Ravens, who rose to 2-1 overall and in the conference.

Kevin Maull scored 12 more points for Tech.

Brandon Hudson and Brandon Mann added 8 and 7 points, respectively.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002
Sussex Central 94, Sussex Tech 76

Photo: Tech guard Rashawn Johnson (5) blocks out SC guard Frank Roach.

Sussex Tech guard Rashawn Johnson, Sussex Central guard Frank RoachThe Ravens ran into a buzz-saw before a sold-out crowd at rival Sussex Central.

Unable to match Central's height, athleticism and quickness, the Ravens suffered their first loss of the season.

Tech was never in contention in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division contest, as Sussex Central jumped out to an 18-5 lead with 2:53 remaining in the first period.

The Ravens eventually trailed 49-31 at halftime and 53-31 in the third quarter. They staged mini-rallies after that but couldn't pull closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Swingman Rashawn Johnson paced Tech with 28 points. Guards Brandon Hudson and Brandon Mann contributed 16 and 9 points, respectively, while forward Kevin Maull added 9.

Tech visits Lake Forest on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of the 2002 Henlopen Conference championship game, won by Tech, 58-48.

Sussex Tech guard Brandon Mann

Friday, Dec. 6, 2002
Sussex Tech 87, Caesar Rodney 58

Photo: Sussex Tech guard Brandon Mann

The Ravens started the defense of their Henlopen Conference championship with an easy Northern Division win over the visiting Riders.

Tech, led by Rashawn Johnson's 27 points and Delmar transfer Brandon Hudson's 21 points, took a 24-7 lead after the first quarter in their season-opener. Hudson finished with 4 three-pointers.

Brandon Mann added 10 points for the Ravens, who forced 28 Rider turnovers. Tech led 38-19 at halftime and never let CR get closer than 12 points after that.

The Ravens played without 6-4 junior center Cody White due to torn ligaments in his hand.

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