Dover, DE-The Dover Senators pulled away from a first quarter tie to snap Sussex Central’s 4-game winning streak in a 62-42 Henlopen North win Tuesday night. Both teams were seeing action for the 1st time since the Governor’s Challenge holiday tournament in Salisbury, MD.
The Golden Knights have already doubled their win total from last season (2-17) with a 4-1 record and they played well early by out scoring Dover 13-2 to take their largest lead of the night at 13-7. However the Senators finished the opening frame with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 13-13.
Phillip Doughty came off the bench to nail a three point shot to put Central up 16-13, but Jaheim Harrell answered with a long range bucket of his own to knot things up at 16-all. Dover would then go on a 10-2 run as Harrell scored 7 consecutive points, including his 2nd three pointer and junior point guard Denim Perkins added a three to give Dover a 26-18 advantage with 3:25 left in the half.
Harrell picked up his 3rd personal foul at the 2:00 mark with the Senators leading 29-20. Baskets by JayVion Denis and Istavan Norwood would allow Dover to close the first half with a 6-2 advantage and a lead of 35-22 at the break.
The two teams played an even third quarter, but the young visitors from Georgetown would make it interesting in the final quarter. Sophomore point guard David Maker dialed up a shot beyond the arc and converted in the paint as part of a 10-2 Golden Knights’ run to slice the Senator’s lead to 47-40 with 4:30 to go. The home team responded with a 10-0 run of their own as Perkins, Harrell and Kendall Abrams all scored to put Dover ahead 57-40 with 1:50 left and basically end the upset bid by Sussex Central. Credit Dover head coach Stephen Wilson’s team with a smothering pressure defense as a key to the win. Dover will face Sussex Tech and Smyrna in the next week in conference action.
The Golden Knights were led by Jameel Watson with 12 points and 6 rebounds, Clarence McBride-Allen added 6 boards and 8 points, while Maker contributed with 7 points and 6 rebounds. The Knights fall to 4-2 (2-2 conference) and will take on Polytech and Milford over the next 7 days.
The Senators top scorers were Harrell with 23, and Perkins with 14. Dover improves to 5-3 (3-1 conference). These two will meet again in the final regular season game February 16th at Sussex Central.
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