FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 82, Delaware Valley 66
EVENT: Marlin Tip-off
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, VA
RECORDS: Apprentice School 3-0; Delaware Valley 0-1
IN BRIEF: Senior Tony Walton scored a career-high 18 points coming off the bench to lead four in double figures on Saturday night as the Builders scored an impressive 82-66 win over Delaware Valely College in the opening round of the Marlin Tip-off at Va. Wesleyan College.
ON THE COURT
- The Builders never trailed in the contest as Delaware Valley tied it once at 4-all on a layup from Manny Ochenje with 16:43 left.
- Apprentice School responded with an 11-3 run over the next 4:12 to lead 15-7 on a Jay Melendez layup with 12:31 left in the half.
- The lead grew to as much as 12 points in the first half as a layup from Melendez with 27 seconds left put the Builders up 39-27 heading into halftime.
- In the second half, the Builders scored the first four points on jumpers from Lavonte Thomas and Michael Gainey to go up 43-27 with 18:47 left.
- The Aggies responded 16-6 run over the next 5:22 to trim the lead to 49-43 on a free throw from Jay Donovan with 13:25 remaining.
- Apprentice School never let the lead get closer and it grew to as much as 23 points on a Melendez 3-pointer with 3:49 left to lead 80-57.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Joining Walton in double-figures was Jamal Curry with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Melendez with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Gainey added 10 points and six boards.
- The Builders hit their first 15 free throws on the game and ended hitting 17-of-21 (81%).
- From the field, the Builders were 31-of-65 from the field (47.7%) and was 3-of-7 from 3-point range (42.9%).
- THe Aggies were topped by Barry Brockington with 15 points and Jose Ortiz added 11 points.
- From the field, Delaware Valley hit 22-of-60 from the field (36.7%), 7-of-19 from 3-point range (36.8%) and 15-of-21 from the foul line (71.4%).
- Apprentice School outrebounded Delaware Valley 49-30.
The Builders will take on the host Virginia Wesleyan College on Sunday at 3 pm for the tournament championship. The Marlins blasted The College of New Jersey 91-60 in the Saturday nightcap.