On Saturday afternoon, the Sussex Tech boys basketball squad traveled north to take on one of the state’s best teams, Salesianum.

The Ravens certainly put up a fight, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as they fell to Salesianum 51-48.

The Ravens, winners of 6 of their last 7 games entered Saturday afternoon’s game with a lot of momentum, and it showed early on.

Tech was able to adjust to a tough Salesianum defense after turnovers early led to some easy baskets for Sallies. While Salesianum was scoring some easy buckets, the Ravens were working hard for their points, cycling the ball and getting tough points in the paint.

After one quarter of play the Ravens trailed by only 1 points heading into the second stanza. In the second quarter it was more of the same, as the Ravens had to buckle down on offense while staying alert on defense.

After two quarters of play, the Ravens entered the break trailing by two baskets, 24-20.

As they have recently, the Ravens came into the second half ready to play. Tech score 15 points in the third quarter to cut the Sallies lead to only 3 as they headed into the fourth and final quarter.

Once again, Tech was able to match Salesianum nearly basket-for-basket. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get enough defensive stops in the end, as they fell 51-48.

Junior Robert Larkin led the way for the Ravens scoring a team-high 13 points in the loss.

While they fell short to a very good Salesianum team, their performance on Saturday afternoon cannot be ignored. Tech was able to hand with one of the best teams in the state, while nearly pulling off the upset on enemy turf.

Sussex Tech can no doubt use this game as a building block as the season heads down the final stretch run. With only 5 games remaining, 4 of which will be against conference opponents, the Ravens can still improve their positioning as the Conference and State tournaments approach.

Next up for the Ravens, they’ll take on Henlopen North foe, Milford on Thursday before another Henlopen match up on Friday when Cape Henlopen visits.