Local roundup: Wesley men defeat CAC rival Sea Gulls

Wesley College built an early double-digit lead before holding on to knock off Salisbury, 67-57, in CAC men’s basketball on Wednesday.

The fourth-straight victory for the Wolverines (9-8 CAC, 13-11 overall) guarantees them a spot in next week’s six-team Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.

Wesley is currently in fifth place in the league standings with one regular-season game remaining.

The Sea Gulls (12-5, 16-8) cut the Wolverines’ lead to just 61-57 with two minutes remaining. But the Wolverines scored the game’s final six points to avenge a 16-point loss to Salisbury earlier in the season.

Four players scored in double figures for Wesley: Brian Cameron (17 points), Evan Anderson (15), Mychal Stefanides (11) and J.W. Lawson (10). The Wolverines sank 8-of-17 three-pointers.

Wesley never trailed in the contest, leading by as many as 18 points midway through the second half.

The Sea Gulls were an ice-cold 23-of-86 from the floor (26.7 percent) including only 5-of-43 from three-point range.

Chad Barcikowski netted a game-high 24 points for Salisbury.

WOMEN, Salisbury 62, Wesley 50: Monshea Newsome-Murray collected 17 points, nine rebounds and five steals as the Wolverines came up short in their home finale.

The Sea Gulls (9-8 CAC, 14-10 overall) built a 24-19 halftime advantage en route to the win.

Also leading Wesley (3-14, 5-19) was also led by Tiyanna Gibbs (11 points), Megan Shacklock (10 points) and Shelby Johnson (7 points, 12 rebounds).

Boys’ basketball

ECHS@DSU 92, Design-Lab Delaware 63: The Hornets won their ninth game in a row to improve to 14-4.

Girls’ basketball

Caravel 65, St. Thomas More 31: The Buccaneers used a 15-2 second-quarter to take control in the nonconference matchup.

Aniah Patterson (12 points) and DahNaija Barnes (11) paced the Ravens.

Special Olympics

Downstate teams in Showcase: Special Olympics Delaware and the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association will host the “DIAA/SODE Unified Basketball Showcase — Shooting Toward Acceptance” on Feb. 23 at Middletown High.

Six teams will wrap up the regular pilot season of Unified basketball by competing in three games. Caesar Rodney and Newark Charter tip off at 4 p.m. followed by Cape Henlopen and McKean at 5:30 while Appoquinimink and Middletown square off in the 7 p.m. nightcap.

“We are excited to add basketball as a third Unified interscholastic sport to our lineup,” DIAA executive director Tommie Neubauer said. “It now gives us one Unified sport in each high school season, which allows even more opportunities for student-athletes to be on a team. We look forward to more growth in this sport as well as our two others in the future.”

The partnership between the DIAA and SODE, which also includes the official Unified sports of flag football and track and field, brings together high school students with and without disabilities. Twelve teams competed during the Unified flag football season this past fall and 18 schools are slated to compete in Unified track and field this spring.

“After the success we saw in the other two sports in the fall and spring, it became obvious that we need to offer a winter Unified sport as well,” said Kylie Frazer, director of school initiatives for SODE. “It seemed only natural for it to be the sport of basketball given its popularity across the state in our high schools, and across the world in our traditional Special Olympics programs.”

The three games will be streamed live by 302 Sports, which is donating the cost of the production and broadcast. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

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