Eaton leads Rider boys past Spartans 70-57

Caesar Rodney’s Zayquan Eaton shoots against Lake Forest in the second quarter at CR. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

CAMDEN — Zayquan Eaton knows what spots he wants to get to on the basketball floor.

And his teammates know too.

Eaton scored a game-high 21 points Friday night to lead Caesar Rodney High to a 70-57 victory over Lake Forest High in boys’ basketball action. Caesar Rodney improved to 11-3 while Lake Forest dropped to 10-3.

“My teammates were getting me open in my favorite spots,” Eaton said. “I just executed from there.”

The Riders avenged a 66-62 loss to Lake Forest from last season. That marked the first time the Spartans had beaten CR since 1999.
But the Riders weren’t focused on the revenge factor.

“Honestly we didn’t even talk about it,” said CR coach Freeman Williams. “It’s a new season and a new team. Our mindset is always to get better and how can we out-work yesterday?”

The Riders’ William Burke shoots against Lake Forest in the second quarter.

Caesar Rodney held a double-digit lead for most of the game thanks to its defense.

The Riders started out in a zone which helped them out to a 13-4 lead. Eaton scored the Riders’ first 13 points of the contest.

CR mixed in a press at times in the first half but Williams credited the zone for allowing the Riders to build their lead.

“It was nice of us to get stops,” Williams said. “We always talk about getting three stops and three scores in a row. That was really the key, us setting the tone defensively. Our mindset is we want to be able to play the different type of defense we need at certain times. There were different things we threw at them tonight and our guys were able to execute.”

Caesar Rodney led 35-22 at halftime. It’s largest advantage of the game was 21 points early in the fourth quarter.

Caesar Rodney’s Kamal Marvel shoots against Lake Forest’s Jaysem Vazquez in the second quarter at CR. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The Riders made eight three-pointers on the night, paced by three from Eaton.

“He’s really crafty,” Williams said. “The guys do a nice job of sharing the basketball and putting guys in certain spaces to be successful. He does a nice job of reading the defense so he’s able to get a play for himself or get a play for a teammate.”

Jaden Corbett converted a pair of threes and was second on the Riders with 14 points.

William Scott added 12 points and Kamal Marvel was also in double figures with 10 points.

Kaheim Kimbrough-Roach led Lake Forest with 21 points. Jaysem Vazquez followed with 16 and Jene Sample scored 13.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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