Day 3 of the Denair Holiday Classic might be the day that the Delhi (0-7) High varsity boys basketball team has been waiting for since their first preseason contest of the year.
Still winless after meeting with Mountain House (3-8) on Friday, the Hawks are hungrier than ever and it’s the sense of being so close that has them thriving to finally pick up the win. But it seemed as though they took a step back after losing 48-33 to the Mustangs of MH.
“Unfortunately, we are just not good enough yet to dig out of a double digit hole; I know they extended it to a lot and we cut it, but we spend a lot of energy and played with no intensity,” said Delhi head coach Brian de la Porte. “It’s a bit of a step back but what can you do.”
The Hawks' first win may come today when they meet the Turlock Christian Eagles in a friendly and former Southern Athletic League bout but the game still hasn’t been played.
Delhi did not live up to its progressive expectations after going down 0-9 in the first two minutes of action.
The Hawks missed multiple shots and failed to make much offensively in the opening eight minutes of the game after going down 5-15 in the first quarter.
MH took advantage of Delhi’s inability to come down with the defensive boards and made multiple second-chance points.
“We just started so flat tonight… you just have to bring it whether it’s a 3 o’clock game or at 7 or 8 in the afternoon tip off,” said de la Porte. “And we were so flat and they started off 9-0 then 11-2 and we dug ourselves in a hole.”
The Mustangs expanded their lead to as many as 18 points in the second quarter and never looked back.
By the end of the third, Delhi was down 40-24 and in the fourth, the Hawks outscored MH 9-6 to end the game.
Chance Browning led all Hawks scorers with a team-high 11 points and Delhi fell for their seventh straight game to begin the year.
“We hope to go home, wake up since it’s a new morning and come in at 10 a.m. and try to compete and learn from a game like this, that is what you have to do,” said de la Porte.