Salesianum hit 6 three-pointers in the final quarter, but Sanford’s early dominance proved just enough for a 50-41 victory in a battle of top 5 teams Friday.
Sanford’s Hassan Perkins put his team on his back throughout most of the first three quarters, using solid dribble penetration combined with three long-range shots to score 17 points, as his team was up 37-20.
Any hope of a cruise to the finish quickly evaporated, as Salesianum, who hit just 3 field goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, suddenly couldn’t miss from long range.
Jack Brown connected on four straight triples, and after Darnell Vaughn’s seconf of the quarter, the Sals were within 43-40 with 2:10 left to play after the 20-6 run.
The Sals would get a chance to tie the game, but missed a three-pointer, and despite four straight missed free throws by the Warriors, they could not hit another basket the rest of the way.
Jyare Davis, who played limited minutes, punctuated the key road victory for the Sals with a tomahawk jam with 20 seconds left, and two more free throws put the game out of reach.
Davis added 9 points for Sanford (3-4), who will host Tower Hill on Tuesday at 5:15.
Jack Brown led Salesianum (5-4) with 21 points, with 20 in the second half. They are scheduled to host rival Saint Mark’s next Friday on WDEL.