Davis’ torrid start carries unbeaten Senator boys past rival Riders 70-60

Dover’s Eden Davis shoots against CR in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game at Dover. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Eden Davis knows what it’s like when he’s in the zone.

“The basket feels a lot bigger and the ball feels lighter,” Daivs said. “I’m loose, I’m hot and I’m in a rhythm.”

The Dover High junior experienced that feeling in the first quarter of Dover’s rivalry game with Caesar Rodney High. And the Senators never looked back.

Davis scored the first 17 points of the game for Dover and ended with 27 in the Senators’ 70-60 victory over CR on Tuesday. The Senators remained unbeaten at 14-0 and moved to 9-0 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.

“He was hot so we kept feeding him the ball and getting him screens,” said Dover guard Elijah Allen. “Feed the hot hand. It was big. It gave us a lot of energy. They had to focus on him and it opened up more for us to get going.”

Dover’s Elijah Allen shoots against CR in the first quarter at Dover

Dover built a 13-2 lead early on behind three threes from Davis. Davis finished with six made three-pointers and went 5-of-6 on his free throw attempts.

“That’s Eden Davis, man,” said Dover coach Stephen Wilson. “He came out on fire.”

“It was a team effort,” Davis said. “We all move the ball and they got me open looks. It felt good, I was hot, but I got to credit my teammates.”

Dover had to finish what Davis started when Davis picked up his fifth and final foul with 6:06 left.

Caesar Rodney (10-3 overall, 7-2 Henlopen North) was able to pull within four points in the closing minutes. Jaden Corbett made a three and was fouled, once he hit the resulting free throw it was a 60-56 game with 1:47 left.

Dover missed a pair of free throws on the other end but CR did not make it a one-possession game after a block by Dover’s Jyheim Spencer.

CR’s Shaft Clark shoots against Dover in the second quarter.

Allen took the loose ball and drove to the rim where he was fouled and still made a lay-up. Allen converted the free throw and CR didn’t get within four points the rest of the way.

“A couple years ago, this group would’ve lost that game,” Wilson said. “These guys are juniors and are maturing. We have a long way to go but this is a big win for our program.”

Allen netted 19 points, Wanya Wise added nine and Spencer chipped in eight.

Allen gave Dover a boost in the second half the one time the Riders were within two points. It was 36-34 when Allen made his first three of his run before Shaft Clark answered with a three of his own.

Allen came right back with a three-pointer and then hit another on the next possession.

CR’s Shaft Clark and Dover’s Eric White reach for a loose ball.

“You have to pick and choose who you’re going to guard,” Wilson said. “When those two are going, they’re a very good combination and it helps when we have some points in the paint too. We just don’t want to rely on the three-point shot, but when Eden is on, you have to give him that ball.”

Dover swept the season series against Caesar Rodney for the first time since the 2015-2016 season. The Senators won the first matchup 71-51 at CR on Dec. 7.

Clark led the Riders on Tuesday with 22 points. Zayquan Eaton had 15 and Corbett finished with 14.

Staff writer Tim Mastro can be reached at tmastro@newszap.com or 741-8224.

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