Wilmington boys get ‘solid’ win over Mercer
Wilmington (62) Vs. Mercer (51)
Feb 12, 2010
The Wilmington High boys basketball team continued its late-season surge last night.
The Greyhounds defeated host Mercer, 62-51, in a District 10, Region 2-AA clash.
Wilmington, despite two recent losses to Greenville and Reynolds, has won five of its last seven region matchups. The two losses were by a combined seven points.
The ’Hounds have two region games remaining against Lakeview (Tuesday) and Sharpsville (Feb. 19), which is led by former Neshannock coach Jim Smiley.
Wilmington (5-3, region, 9-11 overall) is battling Sharpsville for second place.
District 10 takes the top two teams to the postseason and some regions will qualify a third squad.
“I feel if we finished 7-3 in the region, I’m certain they will take us,” ’Hounds coach Will Harris said.
Darryl Pace netted a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead Wilmington over Mercer (0-6, 4-14). Jake DeMedal pitched in 18 points and Brandon Burk added 15 markers and 11 boards.
“I like the way we played as a team,” Harris said. “Tonight, it was a more balanced attack.”
Pace has collected four straight double-digits performances, while Burk has two.
“Darryl and Brandon both have gained a lot of confidence over the last few games,” Harris said.
Both players’ performances were much-needed against Mercer, which had two defenders on DeMedal, Wilmington’s leading scorer, for much of the game. DeMedal stopped the strategy with seven assists.
“It was a pretty solid game,” Harris said. “We didn’t really have any breakdowns like we usually do. We were pretty focused for 32 minutes.”
Rollins Huntley led Mercer with 12 points.