Dover boys stay unbeaten at 13-0 with 69-49 win over Smyrna

DOVER — With 1:36 left in the game, the Dover High boys’ basketball starters were subbed off the court to an ovation.

The Senators have been celebrating a lot this year.

Dover remained unbeaten with a 69-49 victory over Smyrna High in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division matchup on Friday night. The Senators moved to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the Henlopen North.

It’s late in the season to be undefeated, but Dover coach Stephen Wilson doesn’t want the Senators to be defined by the label.

He wants them focused on their upcoming opponents. The Senators host their biggest rival Caesar Rodney, second in the Henlopen North, on Tuesday.

“It’s a good thing and I’m happy for the kids, but I’m not going to let that consume us,” Wilson said. “That will take away from coaching the kids. Right now we got to take it game by game. We got our rival coming in on Tuesday in a game that will basically decide the North. So we’re focused on that, not going undefeated.”

Eden Davis paced the Senators on Friday with 22 points.

Eight Dover players scored, three finished in double figures.

“We got a deep bench and they can all play,” Davis said. “Like coach says, a lot of our guys could start for a lot of other teams.”
Elijah Allen was next for Dover with 13 points. John Lassiter added 11 points while Eric White chipped in eight.

Nahshon Sylvester was Smyrna’s top scorer with 17 points. Izaiah Credle was also in double figures with 10 points.

The Eagles fell to 4-4 in the Henlopen North and 5-8 overall.

Dover scored 21 points in the first quarter before 23 in the second as it built a 44-26 lead at halftime.

The lead soon became more than 20 points in the third, but Davis credited the defense rather than the Dover offense.

“Our defense always creates our offense,” Davis said.

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