Allen scores 1,000th in Dover’s opening win: Senators cruise 86-26 over Sussex Central

Dover’s Elijah Allen scored his 1000th career point against Sussex Central in Wednesday night’s season opener at home. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — It wasn’t part of the plan, but it certainly worked out well for Elijah Allen.

The Dover High senior came out of the gate Wednesday night on fire, scoring the game’s first seven points, and 10 of his team’s first 12, in a season-opening 86-26 victory over Sussex Central High.

His jumper at the 4:38 point of the opening quarter marked his 1,000th career point.

“I only needed nine points, but the game plan wasn’t really to force me the ball, but it just so happened that I came out hot and then got the nine really fast,” Allen said. “It wasn’t too much pressure, my teammates just found me open.”

The Henlopen Conference Northern Division win for the Senators (1-0) extended the team’s regular season win streak to 21 games, dating back to last year’s season-opening win over Sussex Tech High.

The Senators’ Jy’Heim Spencer dunks the ball in the second quarter.

It also marked the team’s first time taking the court since their heartbreaking 48-45 loss in the DIAA state championship game to Sanford School last spring.

The championship loss had been on the minds of the returning players since they walked off the court on March 9.

“We’re 1-0 in the conference, I’m very happy about that,” said coach Stephen Wilson. “But we’re not satisfied. It’s going to be hard for me to be celebrating a whole lot until we get some championships and scholarships.”

Wilson’s team turns right back around and travels to Milford High today for another Henlopen North showdown. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

Allen, who finished with a team-high 21 points, joins his older brother, Jordan Allen, in the program’s 1,000-point club.

Dover’s Eden Davis goes for a layup against Sussex Central defenders in the second quarter.

“I’m very happy about that, that’s what it’s all about,” Wilson said. “It’s not about me, everything that I do is geared towards our kids and our program … I’m very happy to see him reach that, he’s worked his tail off to get there.”

Ten players scored and the Senators hit 19 of 25 free throw attempts.

Freshman guard Jaheim Harrell added 16 points, while senior guard Eden Davis scored 15 and senior forwards Jy’Heim Spencer and Shamir Nelson added 10 each.

Elijah Sessoms (four), Dymear Yelverton (three), Terrance Ross (three), Brendon Parker (two) and Wanya Wise (two) rounded out the scoring for the Senators.

Freshman Jameel Watson registered seven points to lead the Golden Knights (0-1) in scoring, while junior Jerry Wilson added six and senior Jazmir Smith put up four.

After winning the tip-off, just three seconds into the game, Allen had already completed a three-point play by drawing a foul on a fast break layup and then knocking down the free throw attempt.

Senators star Elijah Allen goes between two Golden Knight defenders in the first quarter.

“That play, I told him, ‘off the jump ball, just tap it to me because I’m going to be open,’” he said. “We’ve done that play since AAU, since we were little, so I just said to tap it to me and I’ll score to start us off right. I didn’t know I was going to get the and-one.”

From there, Dover went on a 22-0 run before Watson knocked down a three-pointer at the 1:09 mark in the first quarter to put Central on the board.

Davis scored 12 of his 15 points in the first quarter to put the Senators ahead 24-6.

Allen continued his success from the floor and free throw line in the second, putting up a team-high eight points to build a 45-14 advantage at the halftime break.

Dover solidified the victory by outscoring the Knights 41-12 in the second half.

“We’re ready for anything and everything that’s coming our way, we just have to take it one game at a time, one day at a time,” said Allen.

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