Robertson leads Cape Henlopen in 78-58 win over Dover

 

Dover’s Carlos Thomas battles Cape’s Ian Robertson for a rebound in the second quarter at Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Ian Robertson started out on fire on Tuesday afternoon.

And the Cape Henlopen High senior joked there was a good reason for it.

“We didn’t have school today so I was just resting pretty much and had a lot of energy,” Robertson laughed. “I was getting good shots. My teammates were getting me open.”

Robertson scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Vikings to a 78-58 victory against Dover High in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division boys’ basketball contest. It was the third victory in a row for Cape Henlopen who improved to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Henlopen North.

Robertson did not miss a shot in the first half and had 18 points by halftime. He only missed one field goal attempt all game and was perfect on all three of his three-pointers and six of his foul shots.

Randy Rickards followed with 23 points for the Vikings who travel to Smyrna on Friday for a 7:15 p.m. matchup for first place in the Henlopen North. Smyrna defeated Cape Henlopen 64-55 in the opening game of the season.

“This is huge for us because Friday is probably the biggest game of the season,” Robertson said. “We got to make sure we’re going into that with the right momentum.”

Eden Davis paced Dover with 16 points while Elijah Allen chipped in 13.

Dover’s Javon Peace splits two Cape defenders on his way to the basket in the first quarter at Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Cape Henlopen only led by three early in the second quarter before the Vikings took control with three consecutive three-pointers.

Sh’Kai Chandler started the run with the first three and Izaiah Dadzie made one of his own on the next possession. When Robertson hit one right after, the Vikings led 26-18.

Robertson put the Vikings up 35-23 for their first double-digit lead with another three with 3:22 left in the first half.

“Our focus all year is trusting our teammates and getting the ball moving,” said Cape Henlopen coach Stephen Re. “We got a lot of guys who are hard to guard and a couple guys who draw a lot of attention. When we move the ball, it makes us more difficult to guard because we have multiple guys who can put it in the basket. Randy and Ian get a lot of the attention but we still have capable shooters and capable playmakers.”

Dover did mount a rally in the second half. The Senators closed within 44-37 on a layup by Davis.

Dadzie converted a layup of his own for Cape Henlopen to put a stop to the Dover run. Rickards then scored five points on the next two possessions with a pair of layups and a free throw.

The closest Dover got in the fourth quarter was 55-43 as Cape ended the game on a 23-15 run.

“We bent but we never broke,” Re said. “Once we got back into our concepts, we made some plays and kind of busted the game wide open.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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