BRANDYWINE HUNDRED -- The Newark High School boys' basketball team trailed Concord, 24-17, at the half of Tuesday afternoon's Blue Hen Conference Flight A game, and three minutes into the third quarter, the situation was even worse, as the host Raiders came out flying in the third and built the lead to 34-23.
But Concord fought cold shooting and turnovers the rest of the way, and the Yellow Jackets finally found the shooting touch, and when it was over, Newark had managed a 48-43 win over the Raiders.
After scoring 10 points in the first three minutes of the third, Concord went more than three minutes without a point, allowing Newark to cut six points off the lead. The Raiders still lead, 39-34, as the third quarter came to an end, but they could not sustain the advantage over the final eight minutes.
Concord hurt itself with fouls in the second half, putting the Jackets into the bonus 12 seconds into the fourth. A pair of free throws for Newark, followed by a field goal for Daquan Smith, brought Newark to within a point at 39-38. Concord held a one-point lead, 41-40, with 5:40 to go, and a parade of turnovers and unforced errors over the next 70 seconds meant that the score did not change.
Andre Martin gave Newark a hard-fought lead at 42-41 with two more free throws, only to see Concord guard Joe Cooper tie the game on a free throw of his own the next time down the floor. The Yellow Jackets regained the advantage with approximately three minutes remaining, and Concord was unable to rebound.
The Raiders certainly had chances. On one possession, they were awarded a timeout despite the fact that Newark had been the last team to hold clear possession of the ball after stealing a pass. Cooper was blocked on the subsequent play, but Newark's outlet pass was stolen right back. Cooper missed his shot attempt seconds later.
Trailing by three, 46-43, William Chapman of Concord was called for a charge on a drive, giving the ball back to Newark. Smith hit both free throws, extending the lead to the final margin.
Newark won its seventh in a row and is now 12-6. The Jackets are scheduled to play at Howard on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in a game twice postponed by snow. They finish at home next Tuesday at 5:!5 p.m. vs. St. Elizabeth.
Concord lost its second straight and sits at 13-6 heading into the final game of the regular season, which will be Thursday at home vs. William Penn at 5:15 p.m. This contest is also a snow makeup.