Ocean City Today

WP boys’ basketball team falls in semifinals

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 22, 2018

(Feb. 23, 2018) Worcester Prep Coach Keith Geiger thought his basketball players gave it their all, but the Delmarva Christian Royals were just better overall last Wednesday night during the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference semifinals in Georgetown, Delaware.

“We player really well. We tried our absolute best,” Geiger said after the Mallards’ 56-36 loss. “The kids were playing really hard and getting good looks, we just weren’t quite converting. Delmarva Christian is really good and they were just better than we were that night, I thought.”

Senior captains Sam Cantello and Brenner Maull (five rebounds) scored nine points apiece for Worcester.

“I was disappointed we couldn’t get to another championship game. This is the first time we haven’t played in the championship game since I been coaching,” said Geiger, who has led the Mallards for six seasons. “Our team was good this year, but Delmarva Christian and Salisbury School, two [conference] teams who beat us, got better and stepped up their game.

“The competition was stronger this year, which is good,” he continued. “It’s good to have better competition in your league. It forces us to work harder. It’s good motivation.”

The Mallards finished the season with an 8-8 record. Maull and senior captain Tucker Brown received All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors. Junior Colin Miller was presented honorable mention accolades.

Brown led the team this season in points (196), assists (61) and steals (39). He finished second in rebounding (78). The team MVP award – voted on by the players – went to Brown.

“He’s been huge for us all four years,” Geiger said. “He leads the team in almost every category. When we needed a bucket, he’s been our go-to guy and more often than not he’s been successful.”

Maull was the squad’s second-leading scorer. He put 177 points on the board this season. He led the team in rebounds with 82.

Miller was third in points with 133 and second in assists (56). Geiger presented him with the Most Improved Award. Junior Cole Berry was given the Coach’s Award.

The team will graduate five players, four of whom were starters.

“Most of the seniors have been on varsity three or four years. It’s going to be hard to replace them,” Geiger said. “They’ve been great and I’m going to miss them a lot.”

Geiger will look to his varsity veterans and some players moving up from junior varsity to fill in the vacant spots next season.

“It will be fun to see who steps up next year,” he said.

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