Local roundup: Spartan boys defeat Appo, Smyrna girls top William Penn

Thomas Hoskins of Lake Forest drives in for a layup against the Jaguars in the 1st quarter Thursday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Thomas Hoskins scored 21 points as the Lake Forest High boys’ basketball team earned a 74-50 victory over Appoquinimink High in nonconference action on Thursday night.

Jaysem Vazquez added 16 points for the Spartans while Isaiah Morris chipped in 14. Lake Forest was up five after the first quarter before out-scoring the Jaguars 18-8 in the second quarter.

Lake Forest improved to 13-6 on the season.

Polytech 82, Hodgson 80: The Panthers needed overtime to edge Hodgson in a nonconference contest.

Micah Saunders netted 18 points to pace Polytech. Christian Cote had 15, Brandin Obideke scored 14 and Malik Voshell added 13.

Spartan playmaker Jaysem Vazquez drives through a pair of Appoquinimink defenders to score with an underhand layup in the first half. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Caesar Rodney 47, Newark 45: The game was tied headed into the fourth quarter but the Riders were able to pick up a nonconference victory Thursday.

Delmar 60, Sussex Academy 33: William Schuyler’s 13 points led the Wildcats in a Henlopen Conference Southern Division win.

Woodbridge 70, Laurel 55: Hassan Corbin scored a game-high 28 points while Troy Haynes chipped in 14 as the Blue Raiders won the Henlopen South matchup.

Girls’ basketball

Smyrna 49, William Penn 37: Jayla Smith paced the Eagles with 22 points as they recorded a nonconference victory.

Laurel 65, Milford 30: Logan Handy was the game’s top scorer as she led Laurel with 23 points in a Henlopen South win.

Sussex Central 58, Woodbridge 35: The Golden Knights trailed by two points at halftime before scoring 41 points in the second half.

John Forrest of the Spartans manages to score on a basket despite defensive of Appoquinimink’s Cameron Smollen. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Delmar 39, Sussex Academy 36: Shaniya Briddell and Le’Zhane Holmes netted 13 points apiece for the Wildcats in a Henlopen South victory.

Men’s basketball

Towson 67, Delaware 65: Ryan Allen’s last second three-point attempt was blocked by Eddie Keith II as Towson held off Delaware in Colonial Athletic Association action.

The Tigers (18-10, 8-7 CAA) trailed 63-61 with 3:55 to play, but scored the next six points to go up four with 26 seconds to play. Towson then missed two free throws, before Ryan Daly converted a layup to bring the Blue Hens (11-17, 4-11 CAA) within a pair with 14 seconds on the clock.

Mike Morsell then missed two more from the line, but Allen’s contested three-pointer from the top of the key was deflected by Keith II.

Daly scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Delaware in his return from a sprained ankle, while Anthony Mosley also contributed 18 points on the night. Allen finished with 15 points, while Eric Carter chipped in with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds for Delaware who dropped its ninth game in a row.

Thomas Hoskins of Lake Forest races to the basket past Appoquinimink’s Kamal Yellowdy in the 3rd quarter. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Morsell poured in 19 points for Towson, while Brian Starr added 15 on the night.

The teams were tied midway through the first half, before Delaware used a seven-point run to go up 25-18 on a Daly three-pointer. Towson answered with an eight-point spurt to take the lead, before two Daly free throws and one by Skye Johnson gave the Blue Hens a 32-30 edge at the intermission.

Neither team led by more than three points during the majority of the second half, and after the Tigers went up 61-58, Mosley converted a three-point play and added a layup to put Delaware up a pair with 3:55 to play. However Towson then answered with six straight to take the lead for good.

“We keep putting ourselves in position to win down the stretch, but just can’t get over the hump,” said UD coach Martin Ingelsby. “This is a tough place to play against a good basketball team, and we battled but just came up a little short. Our zone was good and for the most part we did well rebounding the basketball, but gave up too many offensive rebounds. We got into a good flow offensively, but a couple of turnovers hurt us down the stretch. We’re playing well, and our time is coming.”

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