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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.

Nightly Roundup
Feb 12, 2010 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Wilmington 18 10 21 13 0 62
Mercer 11 9 16 15 0 51
Box Scores
WILMINGTON (62)
Jake DeMedal 7 4-4 18
Bryan Pitzer 2 0-2 5
Vinnie Pitzulo 0 0-0 0
Darryl Pace 5 10-12 20
Matt Moesta 0 4-6 4
Brandon Burk 5 4-5 15
Rob Clark 0 0-0 0
Curtis Bretz 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 19 22-29 62.

MERCER (51)
Josh Verigood 1 0-0 2
Jeff Mock 2 0-0 5
Eric Staul 0 0-0 0
Andrew Erdos 4 1-2 9
Rollins Huntley 4 2-2 12
Austin McElrath 1 0-0 3
Justin Glass 5 0-0 10
Billy Selders 1 0-0 2
Rich McCullough 2 0-0 4
Damian Burns 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 22 3-4 51.

WILMINGTON 18 10 21 13 — 62
MERCER 11 9 16 15 — 51
3-point goals — Wilmington 2 (Pitzer 1, Burk 1); Mercer 4 (Mock 1, Huntley 2, McElrath 1).
JV score: Wilmington 32, Mercer 31. High scorer: W — Curtis Bretz 10.
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