Elisha Gregory scored 10 points in a tight game Wednesday against Dover.

Dover’s defense made it difficult for Smyrna to stay unbeaten

Betsy Price Sports

 

Elisha Gregory scored 10 points in a tight game Wednesday against Dover.

Elisha Gregory scored 10 points in a tight game Wednesday against Dover.

 

The Smyrna Eagles remained undefeated in boys’ basketball, but it wasn’t easy as they faced a spirited challenge Wednesday from the Dover Senators in a 41-38 win. 

The Senators held the Eagles scoreless for the first four minutes of the game as the two defenses dominated the first quarter with the two tied at 6-6.

Neither team led by more than three points in the 2nd quarter with Smyrna taking a 17-16 lead at the half. Elisha Gregory paced the Eagles with 7 points, while Dover sophomore Jaheim Harrell led all scorers with 10 at the break. 

Smyrna started the third quarter on an 11-2 run to take the largest lead of the game at 28-18 as Elijah Credle and Olumuyiwa Salako converted baskets in the paint.

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Dover would not quit, as sophomores Amir Hite and Dymear Yelverton helped ignite a rally in the final two minutes of the third quarter and the opening two minutes of the fourth to cut the Smyrna lead to just two points at 30-28. 

The rest of the game stayed close.

Olumuyiwa Salako was Smyrna's top scorer Wednesday with 12 points.

Olumuyiwa Salako was Smyrna’s top scorer Wednesday with 12 points.

Smyrna senior Robert Wiley grabbed an offensive rebound and put-back to push the margin to 5 points with 3:06 left. Dover responded with Hite converting a one-and-one opportunity and Yelverton draining a short jumper to cut the lead to one point at 39-38 with 1:51 to play.

However, those would be the final points the Senators would score. Credle penetrated the lane for a layup to put Smyrna up 41-38 with: 37 left in the game. 

The Senators had one final shot but Harrell’s deep-corner 3-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer.

Harrell led all Dover scorers with 14 points, with Yelverton adding 10 including two 3-pointers. Smyrna received 12 points from Salako and Gregory tallied 10, while Credle scored all 8 of his points in the second half.

Smyrna improves to 7-0 while Dover falls to 4-2. These two will meet again Feb. 25 at Dover to close out the regular season.

 

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