Before winter break, Shore cagers equal last year’s win total

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, Delaware Valley took its first lead at 59-57 on an Antonio Redding 3-pointer with 1 minute, 14 seconds remaining and held on to defeat Washington, 61-59, in a non-conference men’s basketball game here Dec. 9.

Junior guard Paul Rodolf, the Shoremen’s only starter to score in double figures, scored the game’s first four points to spark a 9-2 opening run.

Washington (3-6) took its first double-digit lead at 20-8 on Davis Bland’s 3-pointer just inside the 9-minute mark.

The spread was 31-12 with 3:04 remaining before the break when Sam Corrao stepped back to bury a three.

The host Aggies closed the half on a 10-1 run to trim the deficit to 32-22 on a pair of Godly Marc free throws just ahead of the horn.

In the second half, Washington bumped its lead back up to as many as 15 points, 46-31, on Precieux Tshibangu’s bucket from outside the arc with 11:43 remaining.

But then the visiting team went cold, scoring only two more points over the next three and a half minutes as Delaware Valley (5-3) deadlocked at 48-all on a Marc three with 8:05 to play.

The Shoremen regained the lead, 50-48, on Zack Skrocki’s layup and eased out in front by five, 54-49, on anther Bland triple with about six and a half minutes to go, but could not shake the pesky Aggies.

Redding’s jumper in the paint leveled the score at 54 with 3:34 to play.

Washington took back the lead once more, 57-54, on Skrocki’s traditional three-point play, but after that was held to single free throws from Kedrick Frink and Skrocki over the final 2:39.

DelVal’s Redding, who was 1-of-6 from outside the arc, knocked down his only three to give the home team its first lead, 59-57. He tacked on two points from the stripe to make it 61-58 with 12 seconds to play.

Skrocki drew a foul with only one second remaining. He made the first free throw and missed the second, intentionally, in hopes of a buzzer-beating putback that would knot the score. But the ball went out of bounds off of the Shoremen.

DelVal turned the ball over on the ensuing inbound pass, giving Washington another chance with eight-tenths of a second still to go.

The Shoremen attempted a lob pass, but the tip-in was off the mark and the Aggies held on for the win.

Washington’s Bland, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard/forward, led all players with a career high of 18 points in 21 minutes off the bench. He was 7-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from outside the arc.

Frink (five points) led all players with 10 rebounds.

Marc and Rasheem Dearry scored 13 points apiece for the Aggies.

This was the first meeting between the two schools since a 98-76 Washington win in the 1983-84 season. Washington leads the all-time series, 11-8.

NEXT UP: Washington will travel to Division I Navy on Sunday, Dec. 17. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. This is an exhibition game for the Shoremen, while it will count for the Midshipmen (2-6).

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CHESTERTOWN — Led by Paul Rodolf’s game-best 24 points, Washington on Dec. 6 picked up its first Centennial Conference win of the season, 66-58, against McDaniel.

This was the third win of 2023-24 under first-year head coach Corey Begly, matching the win total from last season.

The Shoremen took the lead for good, 13-11, on a Rodolf 3-pointer with 13:39 remaining in the first half.

Their biggest lead of the night was 10 points, 32-22, after a Zack Skrocki three with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.

Rodolf’s buzzer-beater made it 34-27 at the break.

McDaniel (4-4, 1-3 CC) closed to within a point twice in the second half, the second time at 55-54 on a Lorin Hall layup with 3:35 remaining.

On Washington’s ensuing possession, Kedrick Frink converted a three-point play that pushed the lead out to 58-54.

McDaniel would not get within one possession the rest of the night.

Washington closed out the game on an 11-4 run, including nine points from the stripe.

Frink (19 points) and Skrocki (13 points) joined Rodolf in double figures.

Washington shot 48% from the floor (25-of-52), 50% from 3-point range (7-of-14) and 90% from the free-throw line (9-of-10).

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