Davis scores 31 to lead undefeated Dover boys past Cape Henlopen

Dover’s Eden Davis

LEWES — Not a whole lot went wrong for Eden Davis Tuesday night.

The Dover High junior knocked down five three-pointers and netted 31 points in the unbeaten Senators’ 85-60 Henlopen Northern Division boys’ basketball victory over Cape Henlopen High.

“My teammates got me the ball, created space for me and let me get to work,” Davis said. “It’s a team effort — that’s really what it is — I wasn’t doing it by myself. We play well together, everybody can score, and I guess it was just my night.”

He scored 21 of those points in the second quarter alone.

“I’m happy for him. Eden is having a year where every team is focusing on him,” said coach Stephen Wilson. “He hasn’t struggled all season long, but him being the focal point – along with Elijah Allen – there’s a lot of heat that’s on him, so when he gets a chance to really erupt a little bit you have to let him do that.”

Senior 6’4” forward Eric White complemented Davis’ scoring night by adding another 19 points, primarily putting up his points inside the paint. The junior guard Allen was the third-leading scorer with nine points.

Dover (10-0) earned nine wins in each of the last two seasons, but with the 25-point win Tuesday night the Senators have already surpassed that total.

It’s Dover’s eighth double-digit win this season.

“I’m happy for these guys,” said Wilson. “Our program is starting to come back to where it used to be a little bit, but we still have a long way to go. We’re 10-0, but we still have 10 games to go so we’re not resting, I promise you that.”

“We don’t get too big-headed,” Davis said. “We just go to school, do our work and then go to practice and we just stay together [as a team].”

Allen knocked down the game’s first bucket on Dover’s first possession, 13 seconds into the game, and the Senators failed to surrender the lead for next 31-plus minutes of the game.

Using long possessions and effective ball movement on the offensive side of the court, the Senators jumped ahead by as many as eight points and ended the opening quarter with a 19-13 lead.

Once the second quarter got underway is when Davis truly lit up the scoreboard.

The Senators finished the final three and a half minutes of the half on a 17-5 run, with Davis recording 15 of those Dover points.

Dover went into the halftime break with a 49-28 advantage and continued to build onto that lead by out-scoring the Vikings 22-19 in the third quarter.

Davis, Allen and White didn’t put up any points in the fourth quarter, allowing the bench to see some valuable playing time for Wilson’s Senators.

“A lot our bench guys we say would play on a lot of other teams, so we don’t have letdowns,” said Wilson. “I don’t sit down and not coach them, because they work hard in practice and in the classroom too.”

Senior Keith Bessicks (seven points), junior Brendon Parker (seven), senior Mohamed Conde (two) and senior Janai Moore (two) helped the Senators finish the deal by out-scoring the Vikings, 14-13, in the final eight minutes to cap the team’s 10th win.

Cape’s Collin Mallett led the team with 19 points, with six three-pointers, while sophomore Ethan Pires scored 14 and junior Kristoffer Rushing added 12.

“I’m starting to see that these guys aren’t worrying about who their opponent is or who they have on the court, they’re just trying to do it our way and our way is to play hard-nose defense and share the basketball,” said Wilson.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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