Dover boys earn No. 2 seed as basketball brackets are announced

DOVER – Unbeaten Dover High earned the No. 2 seed in the DIAA boys’ basketball state tournament bracket that was announced this afternoon.

No. 4 Caesar Rodney also earned a first-round bye when the 24-team tourney gets underway on Tuesday. A total of eight downstate schools made the bracket.

Sanford is the No. 1 seed.

In boys’ first-round games involving downstate teams, No. 9 Sussex Tech hosts No. 24 Milford; No. 20 Delmarva Christian goes to No. 13 Tower Hill; No. 18 Lake Forest goes to No. 15 Christiana; No. 19 Woodbridge goes to No. 14 Mt. Pleasant and No. 22 Delmar travels to No. 11 William Penn. All games start at 7 p.m.

In Thursday’s second round, Dover will host the winner of the Lake Forest/Christiana game while CR will host the winner of the Tower Hill/Delmarva Christian contest.

The Northern Division champion Senators are hosting South champion Lake Forest today at 8 p.m. in the Henlopen Conference title game.

In the girls’ bracket, three downstate squads – Woodbridge, St. Thomas More and Cape Henlopen – all earned first-round byes as one of the brackets’ top-eight seeds.

In Wednesday’s first-round matchups involving downstate teams, No. 16 Delmarva Christian hosts No. 17 Ursuline; No. 24 Lake Forest goes to No. 9 St. Georges; No. 13 Sussex Central hosts No. 20 Tatnall and No. 10 Sussex Tech hosts No. 23 Wilmington Friends.

In Friday’s second round, No. 4 Woodbridge will host the Sussex Central/Tatnall winner; No. 6 St. Thomas More hosts the Howard/Newark Charter winner and No. 8 Cape Henlopen hosts the Lake Forest/St. Georges winner.
St. Elizabeth is the top seed in the girls’ bracket.

One difference with this year’s schedule is that quarterfinal games will not be played at the Carpenter Center this year because both the University of Delaware men’s and women’s basketball teams have home games on those dates.

The boys’ quarterfinals will be played at four neutral sites. The girls’ quarterfinals will be split between two sites – Dover and St. Mark’s.

DIAA state tournament
First round
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Games start at 7 p.m.
17-St. Andrews (15-5) at 16-Appoquinimink (13-7)
24-Milford (12-8) at 9-Sussex Tech (14-6)
20-Delmarva Christian (18-2) at 13-Tower Hill (14-6)
21-A.I. DuPont (12-8) at 12-Newark (14-6)
18-Lake Forest (15-5) at 15-Christiana (12-7)
23-Middletown (9-11) at 10-St. Mark’s (15-5)
19-Woodbridge (12-8) at 14-Mt. Pleasant (16-4)
22-Delmar (14-6) at 11-William Penn (13-7)
Second round
Thursday, Feb. 28
Games start at 7 p.m.
Appoquinimink/St. Andrews at 1-Sanford (16-4)
Milford/Sussex Tech at 8-Salesianum (11-9)
Delmarva Christian/Tower Hill at 4-Caesar Rodney (15-5)
A.I. DuPont/Newark at 5-St. Georges (14-6)
Lake Forest/Christiana at 2-Dover (20-0)
Middletown/St. Mark’s at 7-St. Elizabeth (11-9)
Woodbridge/Mt. Pleasant at 3-Caravel (15-6)
Delmar/William Penn at 6-Glasgow (15-5)
Saturday, March 2
At neutral sites.
Thursday, March 7
At Carpenter Center
Saturday, March 9
At Carpenter Center


DIAA state tournament
First round
Wednesday, Feb. 27
Games start at 7 p.m.
17-Ursuline (7-11) at 16-Delmarva Christian (15-5)
24-Lake Forest (16-4) at 8-St. Georges (16-4)
20-Tatnall (10-10) at 13-Sussex Central (13-7)
21-Tower Hill (11-9) at 12-Wilmington Christian (13-7)
18-Archmere (12-8) at 15-Mt. Pleasant (12-8)
23-Wilm. Friends (12-8) at 10-Sussex Tech (14-6)
19-Wilm. Charter (13-7) at 14-Delcastle (15-5)
22-Newark Charter (11-9) at 11-Howard (16-4)
Second round
Friday, March 1
Games start at 7 p.m.
Ursuline/Delmarva Christian at 1-St. Elizabeth (17-3)
Lake Forest/St. Georges at 8-Cape Henlopen (17-3)
Tatnall/Sussex Central at 4-Woodbridge (20-0)
Tower Hill/Wilm. Christian at 5-Caravel (12-8)
Archmere/Mt. Pleasant at 2-Sanford (16-4)
Wilm. Friends/Sussex Tech at 7-Hodgson (16-4)
Wilm. Charter/Delcastle at 3-Conrad (15-5)
Newark Charter/Howard at 6-St. Thomas More (16-4)
Sunday, March 2
Games at Dover and St. Mark’s
Wednesday, March 6
At Carpenter Center
Friday, March 8
At Carpenter Center


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