Local roundup: Dover falls to Sallies, top-seeded Cape stunned by Glasgow

No. 15 Dover High stayed with second-seeded Salesianum the whole way before falling, 34-30, in the second round of the DIAA boys’ basketball state tournament on Thursday evening.

The Senators (10-12) trailed only 15-13 at halftime and 27-21 going into the fourth quarter of the low-scoring contest.

Eden Davis netted 13 points while Javon Peace added nine for Dover, which had only eight field goals in the game. Both players hit two three-pointers apiece.

Sallies (14-6) faces No. 7 Sanford in Saturday’s quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m. at the Carpenter Center.

Caravel 61, Lake Forest 59: The No. 12 Spartans stormed back in the fourth quarter only to fall short to the fifth-seeded Buccaneers in the second-round tourney game.

The Spartans (15-7) outscored Caravel 17-8 in the fourth quarter after trailing by 10 in the first quarter.

The Buccaneers, who reached the state finals a year ago, face No. 4 William Penn in Saturday’s quarterfinals at noon at the Carpenter Center.

Glasgow 52, Cape Henlopen 46: The No. 17 Dragons held off the top-seeded Vikings in a second-round upset.

The game was close throughout with the Dragons leading by a point at halftime and going into the fourth quarter.

Ian Robertson, who tallied 22 points, sank a three with 47 seconds left to pull Cape within 49-46. Sh’Kai Chandler added 13 points for the Vikings, who were playing without suspended senior Randy Rickards.

College basketball

MEN, Delaware State 87, Morgan State 80: Simon Okolue scored 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting as the Hornets beat a Division I team for just the second time this season.

Artem Tavakalyan hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points with four steals in his final home game at Delaware State. Jonathan Mitchell scored 12 points for the Hornets (4-27, 2-14 MEAC), who shot 55.4 percent from the field to split the season series with the Bears, who were picked as the preseason favorite but entered seventh in the conference.

Saleik Edwards’ three with two seconds left in the first half put the Hornets up for good and gave Delaware State a 37-34 halftime lead.

Tavakalyan’s three sparked a 12-2 run for a 19-point Hornets’ advantage, but Phillip Carr’s three-point play sparked a 14-3 run and the Bears closed to 78-74 on Stanley Davis’ layup with 1:57 left. The Hornets led by eight after a 5-1 run, until Carr’s free throws cut it to 85-80 with 33 seconds to go before Okolue sealed it with a dunk.

WOMEN, Delaware State 60, Morgan State 56: NaJai Pollard collected 23 points and nine rebounds as the Hornets pulled out the MEAC victory.

DelState was outscored 17-4 in the third quarter only to outscore the Bears, 23-13, in the fourth quarter.

Arion Jackson added 10 poinrs for the Hornets.

Drexel 72, Delaware 53: Samone DeFreese led the Blue Hens (10-7 CAA, 17-11 overall) with 17 points in the CAA loss.

Senior Kelsi Lidge netted a career-high 27 points for the Dragons, who pulled into a first place tie in the CAA with a 23-6 overall record and 15-2 mark in conference play.

A candidate for the CAA Player of the Year, Delaware’s Nicole Enabosi was held to single digit scoring and rebounding for just the second time this season.

College football

Rapone coming back to Hens’ staff: Former defensive coordinator Nick Rapone, who spent the last five seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, has been hired as Delaware’s cornerbacks coach.

Rapone wasn’t retained after Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians retired following this past season.

“A lot of our fans and supporters are familiar with Nick as he spent numerous years here with a lot of success working with K.C. (Keeler),” said Delaware coach Danny Rocco. “ I’ve known him for quite some time and was certainly excited to hear about his interest in the job and the knowledge and experience he will bring to our staff.”

With the Cardinals, Rapone coached five Pro-Bowl selections and two All-Pro selections. Her served as Hens’ defensive coordinator from 2006-12, where he was a part of two NCAA Division I FCS national championship game appearances (2007, 2010).

Rocco also announced that Delaware has hired Kevin Reihner (Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends coach) and Greg Meyer (Recruiting Assistant/Offensive Quality Control).

Recent alum Jalen Kindle will join the coaching staff as the defensive assistant and work with the linebackers, while Manny Rojas and Clint Sintim, will serve as co-special teams coordinators, along with their coaching duties with the inside and outside linebackers.

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