Freshman Matthew McCarthy Leads Archmere to Overtime Win vs. Saint Mark’s
At the 3rd Annual Unlocke the Light Basketball Classic held on February 5, the Archmere boys basketball team took on Saint Mark's at the 76ers Fieldhouse as part of the weekend event. The Unlocke The Light Foundation is dedicated to "unlocking the students' light" by providing resources for those struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide. The foundation's mission is to educate high school and college students to the signs of depression, remove the stigma of depression, and make available resources to help people with depression and the real threat of suicide.
Unlocke the Light was formed in memory of Sean Locke, an extraordinary basketball player and student who took his own life in 2018 after losing his battle to depression. The Basketball Classic is held each year in his name, and Archmere was privileged to once again play for this important cause. The game itself went into overtime and was a thriller to watch.
The Auks were behind for the majority of the game. By the fourth quarter, Saint Mark’s led, 32-23, with 3:19 remaining when Archmere sophomore Kieran Udovich began the comeback. Mike Lang of The Dialog wrote of the final minutes:
"Anthony Mariano twisted for a layup at the 2:50 mark following an Auks steal to cut the Spartans’ lead to 32-27. Both teams missed free throws before a foul gave possession to the Auks with 2:07 left. Archmere came out of the timeout and worked the ball around until their freshman, Matthew McCarthy, who got free in the corner and hit a three-pointer to cut the Auks’ deficit to just two. Matthew Dellose tied the game at 32 with a bucket with 40.4 to go, giving the Spartans a chance to hold for a final shot. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as the Spartans turned the ball over with 6.9 ticks left on a five-second call. Archmere missed a baseline jumper, however, sending the game to an extra four minutes."
In overtime, Matthew McCarthy hit "the biggest shot of his young high school career". Taking a pass from sophomore Chris Albero, Matt swished a three pointer to put Archmere on top, 35-33, with 2:17 left. Another two points by Chris Albero sealed the victory. The Auks won by a score of 37-34.
Matt McCarthy '24 had nine points and Matt Dellose '22 eight to lead Archmere.