Salesianum 64, Tatnall 47 - Thursday, December 20
The Tatnall Hornets Boys Varsity Basketball squad started Winter Break traveling to one of the tougher gyms to compete in anywhere in the state when they faced off against Salesianum. December 20 was a chilly, festive Thursday night, and visions of sugar plums danced in the heads of the boisterous crowd as the holidays approached. Tatnall started the game strong, quieting the student section and jumping out early. Captain L.J. Phillips '21 and Omari Banks '21 both splashed three balls in the opening frame, and captain Chris Lazear '20 bullied his way inside, battering the Sals frontcourt for a bucket and a pair of free throws. Knotted at 13 at the end of the first, Sals hit a few outside buckets and got to the half clinging to a slim lead. Banks paced the offense and scored six in the frame to keep Tatnall close. While the Hornets battled gamely, they ultimately could not compete against the Salesianum parade to the free throw line. In a game that saw Salesianum shoot more than twice as many from the charity stripe then the Hornets, Tatnall fell 64-47. Lazear finished with eleven points, and Phillips chipped in ten and added seven rebounds.
The JV team fell 49-14 to Salesianum, with Corbin Brumfield '20 coming off the bench to lead the Hornets with seven points, including his first trey of the season.
Tatnall 67, School of the Future 43 - Sunday, December 23
Prime Time Shootout, West Chester University
The Hornets got back to work a few short days later, as they traveled to the Prime Time Shootout at West Chester University on Sunday, December 23. The Hornets came out focused, scoring the first seven points of the game. Lazear opened the floodgates with a gorgeous up and under reverse layup, which was quickly followed up by a long three ball from captain Robbie Secundy '20. Phillips drained a long jumper of his own and Tatnall was off and running. Up seven at the end of one, the defense turned up the heat and limited the School of the Future to a mere seven points. The third quarter provided more of the same, and Tatnall led by more than twenty at the end of the third. The huge margin provided Tatnall the opportunity to play the entire roster, and the younger Hornets took full advantage of the chance. The Hornets ended up cruising to an impressive 67-43 win. Secundy finished with eighteen points, including two threes, and drew his first charge of the year on defense. Lazear finished with eleven points and five boards, and Banks stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, five boards, three assists, and three steals. Phillips and Bryce Scott '21 scored five and six, respectively, and Scott led the team with eight boards. Chase Brothers '20 scored six, added three rebounds and dished out four assists. Jackson Conkey '21 bullied his way inside for six of his own and added three boards. Devon Benson '21 and Jack Wilkinson '21 each scored their first varsity points of the season, with Benson scoring a pair of big man buckets inside and Wilkinson cashing in a pretty runner in the lane.
Wilmington Friends 35, Tatnall 25 - Tuesday, January 8
After a long layoff and a spirited Winter Break, highlighted by the appearance of multiple Tatnall hoops alumni who joined the team to scrimmage and practice, the boys Varsity Basketball team opened the 2019 calendar year with their home opener, a conference matchup against the Wilmington Friends Quakers. The result was a disappointing 35-25 defeat, as Tatnall could never get themselves on track. The offense struggled throughout, and the defense failed to string together the necessary stops. Phillips and Banks both scored six points, Scott snared seven boards, and Secundy drew three charges, all in the first half.
The squad looks to bounce back on Friday night, January 11, when they host the Archmere Auks.
The JV team fell to Wilmington Friends, 34-17. Dan Holland '21 led the team with five points, and Seth Friedlander '20 made his return to the squad after breaking his hand earlier in the season and scored a fourth-quarter bucket.
The Third Team returned to action as well, blasting the Tower Hill Third Team at Tower Hill, 42-24. The squad started out hot from the floor and never really cooled down. Nelson Wood '21 dominated the action inside, bullying his way to a team-high eight points. Andrew Scott '22 and Anthony Ciconte '22 both dialed in from long distance twice, raining treys in the first quarter. Drew Ambler '21 added five of his own, including a pretty scoop layup in traffic. Javier Cruz-Mendoza '22 scored six of his own, and never stopped attacking the Hiller defense. Charlie Ruoss '22 ran the show admirably and contributed six points of his own. Max Morrison '20 provided his usual solid and physical play inside and cashed in a late bucket off a sweet feed from Scott. It was an impressive performance for the squad as a whole.