CR boys’ hoop team defeats Cape for 7th straight win

CAMDEN — At halftime, the Caesar Rodney High boys’ basketball team liked the position it was in.

A strong end to the second quarter gave the Riders a nine-point lead. But the third quarter was even better.

Caesar Rodney netted 28 points in the third quarter to pull away from Cape Henlopen High and held on for a 73-62 Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory on Friday night. The Riders have won their last seven games to improve to 10-3 overall.

Caesar Rodney used a 13-0 run to establish a big lead in the third quarter. The Riders avenged a 62-46 defeat to Cape Henlopen in the second game of the season.

Jaquan Hooks ended the game as CR’s top scorer with 28 points.

“We’re a good team and we play hard,” Hooks said. “We listen to the gameplan and we listen in practice. Whatever coach writes on the board, whatever we work on in practice we go out and execute it to the best of our ability.”

Cape Henlopen started the second half with a three-pointer by Ian Robertson before the Riders scored the next 13 points. Cape responded with four points CR’s Shaft Clark hit a layup and followed with a two-handed slam a few possessions later to go up 50-27.

CR scored on its last four possessions of the third and outscored the Vikings 28-14 in the quarter.

“Our chemistry was really right,” Clark said. “That’s what why we can play like that. We want to play like that every day. It’s stuff we execute in practice and if we execute it in a game it ends up like that.”

Caesar Rodney’s biggest advantage was 61-34 after a tip-in by Joe Williams.

“We focused on getting three stops then three scores and we were able to do that,” said CR coach Freeman Williams. “We wanted to make sure our rotations were right and make sure that we had energy. In terms of sharing the basketball, I’m really proud of how the ball was moving and then we were able to utilize our great defense to get some quick points.”

Hooks’ 28 points got most of the attention in the box score, but Williams was proud of how balanced the Riders were throughout the game with different players leading the charge through various scoring runs as they built the double-digit lead.

Davione Robinson finished with 13 points and Clark was also in double figures with 11. Kairi Buie and Joe Williams chipped in eight points apiece.
“The thing about this group is they’re starting to develop a good chemistry,” Freeman Williams said. “Tonight Jaquan led us but other nights someone else leads us. That’s what we talk about is share the basketball and make sure we get good shots. I thought we were able to dictate the tempo the way we wanted to and get good looks.”

Robertson paced the Vikings (8-5) with 22 points and Corey Barnes added 19.

Its been quite the week for the Riders.

They dealt previously unbeaten Woodbridge its first loss of the season, 65-62, seven days ago. Caesar Rodney has not lost since a 49-44 defeat at A.I. du Pont on Dec. 20.

Considering the Riders went through back-to-back 8-12 seasons before this year, they like what they are beginning to accomplish.

“We’re a more complete team with more pieces in the mix,” Hooks said. “It doesn’t matter who starts, we’re going to get the same energy and the guys who come off the bench also bring that same energy.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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