Senators complete perfect 20-0 regular season by dominating Newark 64-24

Dover’s Elijah Allen goes for a easy layup against Newark in the second quarter at Dover. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Stephen Wilson took a deep breath and wiped away some tears from his eyes.

There’s still work to be done this season.

But the Dover High boys’ basketball coach allowed himself a moment to think about what the Senators have accomplished so far.

Dover downed Newark High 64-24 in the regular season finale on Tuesday night. The win clinched a 20-0 regular season record for the undefeated Senators.

“It’s these guys, man,” Wilson said as he composed himself. “They worked their tails off. I’m extremely happy. We got a long way to go, though.”

Eden Davis shoots against Newark in the first quarter Tuesday night.

Just a year ago, Dover went 9-11 in the regular season before a second-round loss in the state tournament at Salesianum. But the Senators returned basically the entire team this year.

“I’ll be lying if I said I thought we’d be 20-0,” Wilson said. “These guys have been working since we lost to Sallies last year. I’m surprised because we haven’t been getting a lot of respect between our schedule, being down south and everything else. The only thing we can do is play the people in front of us and we’re just trying to play basketball the right way and represent our community.”

Tuesday’s game was never really in doubt thanks to Dover’s stifling pressure on defense.

Not only did the Senators force a bunch of turnovers, they only allowed Newark (14-6) to make eight shots on the night.

The Yellow Jackets converted just two field goals in the second half. Dover held them to only one point scored in the fourth quarter.
“We worked through the summer for this, every day,” said Jyheim Spencer, who recorded at least five blocks. “We were in the gym, weight room, just getting ready for the season.”

Dover’s John Lassiter shoots against Newark in the first quarter.

Eden Davis played through some early foul trouble and was the game’s top scorer with 20 points. He netted 18 of those points in the first half despite sitting the final two minutes of the first quarter after he picked up his second foul.

“I just had to let the game come to me,” Davis said. “My teammates were finding me and I was hitting open shots.”

Spencer followed with 16 points and some highlight reel plays. None were bigger than a two-handed slam after Wanya Wise passed the ball to him off of the backboard to put Dover on top 49-19 in the third quarter.

Allen also finished in double figures with 13 points.

The undefeated regular season is complete but it will be right back to work for Dover. The Senators host Lake Forest in the Henlopen Conference championship game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Then it will be time for the state tournament the following week. Brackets are expected to be announced Friday afternoon.

“There’s a job that still has to be done,” Wilson said. “No days off. We’re back at practice at 2:30.”

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