Senior guards Eden Davis and Elijah Allen combined for 55 points – 41 in the first half – to lead the Dover boys’ basketball team to a 91-61 drubbing of visiting Cape Henlopen Feb. 4.
The Senators earned their ninth consecutive win by jumping on the Vikings early, as they opened the game with a 24-5 run and never looked back. Dover looked every bit the part of a state title contender in the opening minutes, hitting 15 of its first 20 field goal tries and speeding up Cape with a frenetic full-court press. Davis hit everything he threw up in the first half. The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi commit’s deadeye shooting helped the Senators build their lead to 53-31 at intermission. Dover continued the onslaught after the break, leading by as many as 36 points in the fourth quarter.
Davis canned five three-pointers on the way to 29 points, while Allen poured in 26 and knocked down three shots from long range.
Cape (5-9, 4-7 Henlopen North) got 12 points and five rebounds from junior guard Ja’Vaughn Burton, while senior point guard Kris Rushin added 10 points, five boards and four steals. Sophomore forward Sean Wick was a bright spot for the Vikings, scoring a career-high 10 points and grabbing six rebounds, while freshmen Dylan Fannin and Drew Zimmerman notched nine and seven points, respectively.
Dover (15-1, 12-0 Henlopen North) overwhelmed Cape with its length and pressure, outmuscling the Vikings 42-30 on the boards and forcing 19 turnovers. The Senators also shot 50 percent from the floor, pumping up their numbers with countless uncontested lay-ups and put-backs.
Head coach Shemik Thompson was all doom and gloom after the loss, Cape’s fourth in a row to Dover.
“This was probably one of our worst games,” Thompson said. “This might be worse than when we played St. Raymond [N.Y.]. Our lack of execution, our carelessness with the basketball … The guys didn’t have any fire today. They didn’t play with passion. When you let two guys score 41 points in the first half, what do you say to that?”
Cape will look to get back in the win column Thursday, Feb. 6, when they host Smyrna.