Archmere Basketball Defeats Brandywine in Close Match

On January 3 at Brandywine, the Archmere men's basketball team took home a victory, but it was a 42-40 nailbiter that came down to the final seconds. From the first quarter, the game went back and forth. The Auks trailed, 10-7, late in the first quarter when Matt McCarthy '24 drained a long three-point attempt to tie it up. Before the first quarter ended, Matt Malloy '24 and McCarthy added threes, giving the Auks a 16-10 lead heading into the second. The long-distance accuracy continued and Archmere’s advantage grew to 25-10, but that point cushion came to end by halftime as the Bulldogs scored the final six points and trailed by just one, 26-25, at the break.
Archmere opened up a six-point advantage early in the second half, but again, the Bulldogs fought back.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were on top 38-37, but the Auks answered quickly with P.J. Blessington '24 hitting a short jumper. The Bulldogs missed a three, and Matt McCarthy responded by making a pair of free throws with 43.1 seconds to go that extended the lead to 41-38. After a Brandywine turnover, Matt McCarthy again hit one of two from the stripe to add to the lead with 10.3 seconds remaining. After a Brandywine bucket, the Auks were able to hold the ball inbounds until the clock hit zero.

Matt McCarthy led all scorers with 23, and Charlie Malloy '25 added eight points.
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.