Dover boys defeat rival CR 71-51: Allen scores 27 for 3-0 Senators

Dover’s Elijah Allen, who led the Senators with 27 points, shoots between Caesar Rodney’s Monroe Hite and Zayquan Eaton in the first quarter Friday night before a packed crowd at CR’s gym. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

CAMDEN — The Dover High boys’ basketball team had to jump right into its Henlopen Conference Northern Division schedule.
After three games, the Senators have emerged unscathed.

Dover won its third game in a row to start the season with a 71-51 victory at Caesar Rodney High on Friday night. Dover already has wins over Sussex Tech, Smyrna and now CR — three teams the Senators are expected to be battling with for the Henlopen North title.

“To play Sussex Tech, Smyrna and Caesar Rodney back-to-back and to be 3-0 right now I’m happy about that,” said Dover coach Stephen Wilson. “But it’s just the beginning of the season so we have to take it in stride. We won a basketball game tonight against our rival and we’re really proud about that but we got to come back to work tomorrow.”

The Senators’ Kylen Thomas shoots against the Riders’ William Burke.

Elijah Allen led the Senators on Friday with a game-high 27 points.

The junior netted 11 of the first 13 points for Dover. He also helped spark a 7-0 run to give Dover a 20-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“I’ve just been working with my coaches, getting in the gym and working out,” Allen said. “I’ve got to grow, I’m a junior now so I got bigger shoes to fill and a bigger role. I’m a leader on the team so I got to step up.”

Allen was named honorable mention on the All-Henlopen North team a year ago. He had a standout summer on the AAU circuit, attracting interest from numerous college programs.

The Senators’ Brendon Parker pulls down a rebound against the Riders in the second quarter.

“He’s a lot better and I think he’s playing with a chip on his shoulder right now,” Wilson said. “He’s not getting the respect that he deserves throughout the state. He’s hearing a little chirps about what people are thinking about him but he’s just focused on the team right now.”

The Riders (1-1) kept their deficit at single digits for most of the second quarter until Eric White nailed a baseline jumper with just seconds left in the first half. Dover then took a 33-22 advantage into halftime.

The Senators spent most of the second half up double digits until the Riders made it a 10-point game with 6:12 left. Dover out-scored Caesar Rodney by 10 the rest of the way and led by as much as 24.

White finished with 12 points for Dover while Eden Davis chipped in 11. Jaden Corbett was CR’s leading scorer with 12 points and Shaft Clark added 11.

Dover has two more Henlopen North games next week with Sussex Central on Tuesday and Polytech on Friday.

And while 3-0 is a nice start, the Senators know they have games against three teams again in 2019 as they continue to go through the Henlopen North slate.

“We’ll see them again on the back end,” Allen said. “So we know we got to keep the intensity up.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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