Dover rallies to top Howard at Rumble tourney

Dover’s Eden Davis shoots against Howard in the second quarter at St. Georges on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

MIDDLETOWN — Down by seven midway through the third quarter, the Dover High boys’ basketball team knew it could turn things around.

Then Eden Davis hit a layup. Then he came down the court on the next possession and did it again.

Davis didn’t stop scoring and the Senators came away with a victory.

Dover’s Javon Peace passes by two Howard defenders on a layup at St. Georges on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The sophomore guard scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half as Dover rallied for a 59-52 win over Howard on Saturday afternoon at St. Georges High’s Rumble by the River event.

“It’s a very important win,” Davis said. “We all come together. We had heart. We all fought for each other,”

The Senators (3-3) have now won their last three games after falling in their first three contests of the year.

“Howard is a good team, a state tournament team,” said Dover coach Stephen Wilson. “These are the games we’re going to have to win if we want to start getting the respect back that we lost. You need to win these games if you want to win in the state tournament.”

Dover trailed 37-30 in the third but Davis hit three shots in three straight possessions to draw the Senators closer. When he converted another layup in the final minute of the third, the game was tied 41-41.

Dover outscored Howard 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Javon Peace gave the Senators just their second lead of the day when he knocked down a jumper for a 43-42 fourth quarter lead. Howard responded with a putback from Lamar Woody to go back up by one.

Dover’s Eric White, right, battles under the boards against Howard’s Jason Tribbett in the second quarter at St. Georges on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

But Davis drained a three on the next possession and the Senators never trailed again.

He made another three-pointer a few possessions later and Ishmael Kaba scored on a second-chance opportunity the next time down the floor to give the Senators some breathing room.

Kaba and Eric White each had another basket in the final minutes to keep the lead between four and six points. Davis sealed it with a layup and a pair of free throws.

Davis only had two points at the break, off free throws and did not score a field goal until the third quarter.

“He missed a couple early but we don’t care about that,” Wilson said. “We want him to get his shot and to keep shooting.”

Peace netted 13 points as the only other Senator in double figures. White chipped in eight while Kaba and Elijah Allen each had six points apiece.

St. Georges 71, St. Thomas More 52: The Ravens led at halftime but were outscored 28-8 in the fourth quarter to suffer a nonconference defeat to the host of the Rumble by the River event.

St. Thomas More’s Keenan Williams leaps past St. Georges Michael McCants, left, and Kevin Paden, right, in the first quarter at St. Georges on Saturday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Freshman DeAndre Gourdine led the Ravens with 21 points, including five of their eight three-pointers. Joshua Hayward added 10 points for St. Thomas More.

St. Georges’ Nah’Shon Hyland was the game’s top scorer with 36 points. The Hawks remained unbeaten and improved to 5-0.

It was the first loss of the season for St. Thomas More who dropped to 3-1.

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