Mallards Win In Overtime, End Skid

Mallards Win In Overtime, End Skid
Worcester Prep’s Mason Brown goes strong to the hole during the Mallards’ 44-35 overtime win over Sussex Academy last week. Photo by Steve Green

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team beat visiting Sussex Academy last week in overtime, 44-35, to end a four-game skid.

After opening the season with an 83-40 win over St. Thomas More, the Mallards had dropped four straight including a pair in the Tip-Off Classic. Worcester faced Sussex Academy at home last Wednesday on Holiday Sweater Night during a fundraiser for Worcester GOLD and ended the skid with a 44-35 win in overtime.

The Mallards got off to a quick start and led by 10 at the half. However, Worcester went on a scoring drought in the second half, scoring only five points in the last two quarters. Sussex Academy battled back in the second half and the scored was tied at 32-32 at the end of regulation.

In the overtime period, Ryan Cronin knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to give the Mallards a little cushion. Worcester was able to maintain control through the rest of the extra period and cruised to the 44-35 win.

With the win, the Mallards improved to 2-4 on the season. After the holiday break, Worcester opens the second half of the season with a road-game rematch with St. Thomas More on January 8, followed by a home game against Salisbury School on January 10.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.