Boys Basketball

Saunders’ late trey beats Wilmington as Monroe restarts Popplewell era with season-opening win

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Monroe High School players and students celebrate Dec. 5, 2023, after a boys basketball game against Wilmington at Monroe. The host Hornets won 53-50. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

MONROE — Monroe High School’s boys basketball team worked hard enough and played well enough to never be trailing Tuesday night in its season opener.

That doesn’t mean it was easy.

The Hornets squandered a 10-point lead and survived three ties in the second half, getting a 3-pointer from




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