Caesar Rodney falls to Glasgow in first Unified basketball championship

Caesar Rodney’s Unified coach Nate Threatts accepts the second place trophy from DIAA Director Thomas Neubauer during the Unified Boys Basketball State Finals at the Carpenter Center in Newark on Saturday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

NEWARK — The Caesar Rodney High Unified basketball team didn’t get to celebrate the state championship it was hoping for.

But the Riders left the Bob Carpenter Center with their heads held high.

“They did amazing,” said CR coach Nate Threatts. “They worked so hard. They did everything I coached them to do and it just didn’t come out our way. We just got to go for them next year.”

Glasgow High won the state’s first ever Unified basketball title with a 39-36 win over Caesar Rodney on Saturday. The Dragons rallied after CR led by two with 1:37 to go.

Glasgow’s Dashawn Nettles led all scorers with 16 points. Hakeem Bell scored 13 points for the Dragons (8-1).

CR was on top 12-3 after the first quarter. The Riders held that lead for most of the game and extended it to 33-31 on Divine Brown’s free throw.

Caesar Rodney’s Jeremiah Brown shoots a layup against Glasgow. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Glasgow responded with an 8-3 run to end the game.

CR made it a one-possession game on Brandon Hatch’s three-pointer with three seconds left. But the Riders ran out of time.

Hatch and Christopher Friend led Caesar Rodney with 10 points apiece.

Brown added six points. Jeremiah Brown and Alex Baldwin each netted five points.

Cesar Rodney ended the season with an 8-1 record. This is the second season CR has played a full Unified schedule.

Caesar Rodney’s Christopher Friend shoots against Glasgow during the Unified Boys Basketball State Finals at the Carpenter Center in Newark on Saturday. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

“It’s been amazing,” Threatts said. “Especially the kids that have been in this program since the start. They’ve grown so much socially with their developmental skills. When we first started this, kids couldn’t memorize plays but now, whatever I ask them to do they’re out there banging it out.”

Threatts said he would miss spending time with this group.

“We’ve been a family all year,” Threatts said. “We’ve been so close and tight together. It’ll be tough for these seniors to leave these kids that they’ve been working with for two or three years.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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