A good game plagued by bad decisions doomed the Cape boys' basketball team at Dover Feb. 5. The Vikings lost a 10-point advantage starting in the fourth quarter and got the lead back but made poor calls with the basketball down the stretch, allowing the game to go into overtime, where the Senators prevailed 72-70.
Cape drops to 9-6 on the season with the loss and 6-3 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division. The answer to “Who let the dogs out?” is Cape. Now all Northern Division teams have slipped the choke-chain collar of Cape’s stranglehold. It will be “Canines in Prime Time” the final five games of the season.
Cape dropped nine 3-point shots in the game: Tyreik Burton with four, Jon Warren three and Gekwan Pritchett and T.T. Hazzard each with one, but also missed 10 attempts, many of those rushed and ill-advised.
Cape out-rebounded Dover 35-29 but also committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
The Vikings blew a 49-39 lead starting the fourth quarter, and the Senators were all the way back in just two minutes. But Tyreik Burton, Jon Warren and Gekwan Pritchett all scored to put Cape back in front 61-56 with 1:38 left and possession of the basketball.
Cape then turned the ball over on a traveling call, missed a 3-point attempt and made a bad in-bounds pass that resulted in 5 Dover points.
The game went into the up-for-grabs overtime period; things stayed crazy, and Dover prevailed 72-70, its second overtime win over Cape this season. That is eight straight losses by Cape to Dover over the last four years.
“Wow!! History repeated again," coach Steve Re commented by email the next morning. “Same situation as the last time we played Dover; we had it and gave it away. Twenty-five TOs and several bad decisions hurt us in the end. This could be the best thing or the worst thing for us, depending on how we respond. Even in the severe disappointment from the loss, these guys showed some maturity in the locker room after the game on several issues that we have been working on from the beginning of the season. I believe in this team; we are starting to mature.”