Senators finish perfect in North: Unbeaten Dover tops Cape Henlopen 58-44

DOVER — Things did not start the way the Dover High boys’ basketball team would have liked on Tuesday night.

The Senators did not score until there was 3:21 left in the first quarter.

Dover also substituted all five of its starters at once two minutes into the contest.

Still, unbeaten Dover kept up its winning ways.

The Senators finished the Henlopen Conference Northern Division portion of their schedule with a 58-44 win at home against Cape Henlopen High. Dover, which had already clinched the division title, ended a perfect 12-0 in Henlopen North play.

Eden Davis netted 21 points to pace the Senators, who improved to 18-0 overall.

“We haven’t been practicing because of snow days it was energy that was missing and we started off slow,” Davis said of the slow start. “Our second team was able to pick it up for us. Well all came together, told each other we were good and picked it up on the defensive end.”

Cape Henlopen raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes.

The Senators were able to cut it to 18-13 at the end of the first quarter when Elijah Allen drained a three-pointer and stole the inbound pass. It deflected right to Jyheim Spencer for an easy layup.

Spencer gave the Senators a spark with his defense to help them get back in the game. The 6-foot-7 junior blocked six shots on the night and finished with 12 points.

“I love it, helping my team on defense,” Spencer said. “I don’t really care about scoring, as long as we win.”

Pulling the starters worked early, as Dover played much better in the next two quarters. The Senators out-scored Cape Henlopen 19-9 in the second quarter.

They then held the Vikings to just seven points in the third.

“We needed to wake them up a little bit and get them fired up,” said Dover coach Stephen Wilson. “I get it, it’s rough at this point, but we got to be playing better ball. The second and third quarters got us back into the game.”

Allen also finished the game in double figures for Dover with 13 points.

It is the second time in the last four seasons Dover went 12-0 against Henlopen North teams. The Senators also were unbeaten in division play in the 2015-2016 season.

They had a season record of 17-4 that year, though.

This year they could finish the regular season at 20-0 if they win their two remaining games against Middletown (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Newark (Tuesday, 7 p.m.) Both games are at Dover.

Thanks to the Henlopen North championship, Dover will also play Woodbridge in the Henlopen Conference title game before the state tournament. The Senators will host that game on Friday, Feb. 22.

But Tuesday was all about the first goal of Dover’s season, taking care of business in the Henlopen North.

“I’m happy for the seniors,” Wilson said. “To finish off 12-0 and represent the North in the conference championship, this was one of our goals and I’m happy we accomplished it.”

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