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i46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Feb. 17 - Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 Above, Delmarva Christian's Lawrence Slayton drives past Worcester defender Jake Leiner en route to two points. Be- low, Delmarva Christian's Lewis Gebhart hits a jumper in the victory over the Fighting Mallards. Dan Cook photos Bryant Hazzard celebrates his team's ESIAC title victory Feb.15 over Worcester Preparato- ry School by cutting down the basketball net in a post-game celebration. Delmarva Christian posts 67-48 win over Worcester for ESIAC title By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff The Brent Thompson Memorial Field House was rocking from the opening tip-off last Wednesday night, Feb. 15, as regular season champion Delmarva Christian High School held off a physical team from Worcester Prep to win the ESIAC Conference tourna- ment 67-48. Conference Coach of the Year Troy Hazzard savored the champi- onship afterwards, posing with his team in front of a banner while wearing the cut down net around his neck. "This was a crazy game and I told our guys not to worry about all the crowd noise and the physi- cal style of play and to just con- centrate on basketball," said Hazzard. "They did a good job of that and I'm very proud of them. I told them to stay mentally tough and spiritually strong" Worcester's long-time athletic director Matt O'Hare announced the starting lineups beginning with the "Worcester Preparatory Fighting Mallards." Each starter was announced by name and hometown. Delmarva Christian starters were also given community credit including Jesse Gay and Lewis Gebhart from Millsboro and three starters from Slaughter Neck - Bryant Hazzard, Lawrence Slayton and Trey Jones. "We have a following," said coach Hazzard, a former Cape head coach and one of nine Hazzard brothers. In fact, Bishop Harold Hazzard, a 1984 Cape grad who now oversees nine churches, was "in the house" enjoying the action. Worcester came out box and one of long range shooter Trey Jones and the irony of the game is the aggressive style of Worcester translated in a foul imbalance dis- favoring Delmarva. Jones sat out most the first half with three per- sonals. Delmarva Christian head basketball coach Troy Haz- zard, who also war named ESIAC Coach of the Year, cel- ebrates his team's victory. "I didn't worry about it as long as we were winning," said Jones. "We are a very unselfish team with lots of players who can get it done." Rangy 6-foot-4 point guard Jesse Gay, looking like a Pistol Pete throwback, had 10 points in the first half as Delmarva led 33- 19. But Gay fouled out with just minutes remaining in the third quarter-as Lewis Gebhart took over running the point. Gebhart would finish with 20 points while Lawrence Slayt0n would get the job done inside scoring 14. The Fighting Mallards were paced by Jake Leiner's 19 points. Delmarva is now 14-3 on the season has two games remaining and hopes to get an invitation to the Delaware High School Basketball Tournament. NOTES - Worcester is straight down Route 113 in Berlin, Md., about a 40-mile drive from Lewes. The Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) includes Delmarva Christian from Georgetown, Salisbury School, Worcester, Chincoteague and Gunston Day,. the latter all hailing from Maryland. The ESIAC is a con- ference a school can join for one sport or all sports. Delmarva's big man, 6-foot-9 Tom Munro, is out for the season after reconstructive knee surgery. "It's a long rehab," Munro said. 'Tm not even allowed to play summer basketball, but I should be ready for next season."