Dover falters at finish vs. D.C. Slam Dunk foe

LEWES — Dover High’s second game at the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament was much closer than the first, but the Senators did not find a way to finish.

Dover let an eight-point fourth-quarter lead slip away and fell 53-50 to Friendship Collegiate Academy of Washington D.C. on Monday afternoon. The Senators (3-4) were outscored 12-3 to end the game.

“We weren’t mentally strong,” said Dover senior Jordan Allen, who led the Senators with 21 points.

“We played hard the whole game. It was just a couple of missed plays that cost us the game.”

Alani Moore scored a game-high 27 points to pace Friendship Collegiate. Moore, a Temple University commit and the No. 35 point guard in the senior class, according to ESPN, stole a pass in the backcourt and hit a layup with 16 seconds to go for a 51-50 lead.

Dover again turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play before Moore was fouled and hit the two resulting free throws. The Senators pushed the ball up the court, but Allen’s three-point attempt was deflected at the buzzer and fell well short of the rim.

The Senators ended the game with four turnovers on their last five possessions.

“I think we lost track of Moore a little bit too much at the end,” said Dover coach Stephen Wilson. “I also didn’t think we executed the inbounds plays like we should have. There’s a couple of plays we’d like to have back. But we competed and you can’t be upset about that. They can look in the mirror and say they gave 100 percent. We just didn’t do what we needed to do.”

Wilson said the Senators’ effort was much better compared to Sunday night’s opening game of the tournament for Dover — a 77-59 defeat to Sanford in which the Senators never led.

Dover stayed close with Friendship Collegiate in the first half, trailing only 20-16 at halftime, before scoring the first 12 points of the third quarter to take the lead.

“We didn’t feel like we represented our city the way we needed to last night,” Wilson said. “I can say we played harder than we did last night. I think they were kind of embarrassed about what happened last night.”

Allen helped Dover grow its lead at the start of the fourth quarter with a double-clutch jumper in traffic, followed by a pull-up three-pointer on a fastbreak after a steal for a quick 5-0 run and a 41-33 Dover advantage.

Kevon Hines tied the game for Friendship Collegiate at 49-49 on a jumpshot from the baseline with 1:03 remaining. Dover’s only points the rest of the way came on a free throw by Allen.

Michael Douglas and Thomas Hoskins each scored seven points for the Senators while Tre’vonne Moore and Terrence Woodlin added six points apiece.
Dover is off until Tuesday, Jan. 5, when the Senators host Cape Henlopen (7:15 p.m.).

“To lose two games here doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world,” Wilson said. “They’re upset about it but we’ve got to come back to practice on Wednesday.”

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