Slow going through the first half, Newark Charter found themselves tied with the Auks heading into the final stanza and came out on top 51-39.
Coming off the deep freeze in Delaware, a New Castle County duel to get high school boys hoops back into the swing of things pit 7-2 Newark Charter against a 5-3 Archmere squad and it was a closer game than a quick glance at the scoreboard would dictate.
Both teams found their footing and brought life into the game after a slow start as the Patriots found themselves spreading the wealth and putting up a five point lead through one and held onto a four point lead at the half.
A renewed Archmere team left the locker room heading into the third as junior Darren DiRenzo and sophmore Ty Brinker brought the Auks back into the contest.
A deciding final period saw Newark Charter senior Justin Thomas get his bearings and put the rest of his team on the right track. Thomas would finish with 20 points and a defining five of six from the free throw line would help propel the Patriots to the W.
“In the huddle, we talked about going through the sets,” said Thomas. “We came out in the fourth and played defensively. Luckily, we came out with the win.”
Up next for the now 8-2 Newark Charter squad, a home game versus St. Andrews.
Archmere will shake off the loss with another home bout against Tatnall.