Panthers’ Obidike aims to shine for Gold in all-star hoop game

Brandin Obidike of Polytech goes in for a layup during Tuesday night’s Gold team practice at Wesley. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Brandin Obidike might have thought his game was under the radar this year.

Polytech High had a down year his senior season and finished 3-16. The Panthers were young, with Obidike one of the few seniors on the squad.

Still, people took notice of him.

Obidike was named to the All-Henlopen Conference Northern Division second team after the season.

Now he’ll suit up for the senior all-star game. Obidike is part of the Gold team for the annual Blue-Gold high school senior all-star
basketball game on Saturday.

“I feel like I earned it,” Obidike said. “I got better from my sophomore year and by senior year I showed that I can play with some of the best in the state.”

Dover’s John Lassiter goes up to dunk the ball during practice for the Gold team.

The 21st annual Blue-Gold games will be held at the new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington for the first time. The girls’ game begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with the boys’ game to follow. The game benefits Best Buddies Delaware.

Doors will open at noon Saturday for fans.

Obidike is the lone player from Polytech on the Gold roster. He said he’s looking forward to one final high school game.

“I think I showed that I can play basketball and showcased my skillset this year,” Obidike said. “I’m looking forward to representing my school (on Saturday).”

The Gold teams practiced together for the first time at Wesley College on Tuesday. For players who normally go up against each other, it was a welcomed change to bond with the best players downstate.

“It’s really fun because you get to play with the best talent,” Obidike said.

One more game for CR crew

Freeman Williams will have a final chance to say goodbye to two of his seniors.

The Caesar Rodney High coach will be guiding the Gold squad on Saturday. He will have two of his players, Shaft Clark and Jaden Corbett, one the team.

Caesar Rodney’s Shaft Clark battles his way through Gold teammates for a shot.

“Of course coaching Shaft and Jaden will be special,” Williams said. “It gives them one more chance to play together. It’s something we’ll definitely cherish.”

The Riders went 16-6 this year and reached the state quarterfinals where they fell to St. Georges. This group has made the playoffs each of the last four seasons.

For Williams, this is his third time coaching in the Blue-Gold game.

“I’m excited to be involved,” Williams said. “It’s about making sure the kids have a great experience. We want to have fun. We want to compete. We understand that being here is an honor and we want the kids to have a great time with it.”

Full roster

The boys’ Gold team is made up of Henlopen Conference schools plus Caravel and Glasgow.

Smyrna’s Jayla Smith shoots from the outside during Tuesday night’s warmup.

The roster is — Jaden Corbett (Caesar Rodney), Shaft Clark (Caesar Rodney), Brandon Sengphachanh (Caravel), Jerome Mitchell (Delmar), John Lassiter (Dover), Mark Bradshaw (Glasgow), Jamier Felton (Indian River), Jene Sample (Lake Forest), Daniel Shockley (Milford), Nicolas Sivels (Milford), Brandin Obidike (Polytech), Da’Jion Garrison (Seaford), Ron Jackson (Smyrna), Jamon Kane (Woodbridge) and Troy Haynes (Woodbridge).

The girls’ roster has all Henlopen Conference teams along with St. Thomas More, Hodgson and St. Georges.

It has Riana Sizer (Dover), Kayla Braxton-Young (Hodgson), Julia Jordan (Indian River), Courtney Turner (Polytech), Jayla Smith (Smyrna), Amber Washington (St. Georges), Jessica Simmons (St. Thomas More), Aniah Patterson (St. Thomas More), Azayah Garrison (Sussex Central), Ambria Stratton (Sussex Central), Raeonna Stratton (Sussex Central), Janiya Stevens (Sussex Tech), Micah Shelton (Sussex Tech) and Tykeya Nelson (Woodbridge) on the squad.

Sussex Central’s Ron Dukes is the girls’ head coach.

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