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All four Catholic schools in New Castle County that play boys basketball are represented in the state basketball tournament, with Salesianum taking the No. 1 seed and St. Elizabeth grabbing the final slot at No. 24. Two of the four teams will be in action when play begins Wednesday night, while the other two have earned a bye. The second-round games are on Friday. All games in the first two rounds begin at 7 p.m.
St. Elizabeth will meet No. 9 Delaware Military Academy tomorrow night at Conrad School of Sciences. The Vikings finished the regular season 8-12 but had enough points to make the tourney, while DMA was 14-6. The victor has a date Friday night at No. 8 Caesar Rodney (17-3).
No. 12 Archmere (16-4) will host No. 21 Tower Hill (15-5). The winner will meet No. 5 St. Mark’s, which finished the regular season 14-5.
No. 1 Salesianum went 18-2 this season. The Sals will host the winner of No. 17 Milford (12-8) at No. 16 Middletown (11-9).
Other first-round games Wednesday, along with the second-round matchup: No. 20 Mount Pleasant (13-7) at No. 13 Hodgson (13-7), with the winner visiting No. 4 Concord (14-6); No. 18 St. Andrew’s (11-9) at No. 15 Dickinson (13-7), with the winner visiting No. 2 Sanford (14-6); No. 23 Wilmington Charter (11-9) at No. 10 St. Georges (17-3), with the winner visiting No. 7 Sussex Tech (14-6); No. 19 Indian River (11-9) at No. 14 Cape Henlopen (12-8), with the winner visiting No. 3 Woodbridge (16-3); and No. 22 Laurel (13-6) at No. 11 Newark (13-7), with the winner visiting No. 6 Howard (14-5).
Tickets for the first two rounds are $5 and will be sold at the door.
The quarterfinals will be played Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. The first game begins at 2 p.m. The semifinals are March 6 at 6:30 and 8 p.m., and the championship game is March 8 at 1 p.m. Those rounds are also at the Bob.
Tickets for playoff games at the Bob Carpenter Center are $8 and are available at diaa.ticketleap.com. One ticket is good for the entire session.