Senators remain unbeaten in win over Concord

Dover’s Elijah Allen drives past Concord’s Eric Neal during the Rumble at the River at St. Georges Technical High School. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

MIDDLETOWN — The Dover High boys’ basketball team remained undefeated.

But that doesn’t mean the Senators are content.

Dover held off Concord High for a 66-63 victory at the Rumble by the River boys’ basketball event hosted by St. Georges Tech. The Senators improved to 5-0 on the season.

Dover was in control for most of the first half but Concord closed within a single possession multiple times in the fourth quarter. Dover did enough to leave with a victory.

“We’re happy to escape with a W but we’re disappointed with what we did,” said Dover coach Steph Wilson. “Some things got out of character for us a bit, but give credit to Concord, they came in with a good gameplan. We can’t think people are going to lay down for us. They’re going to come at us ready to punch us and we got to be ready to punch back.”

Elijah Allen led the way for Dover with a game-high 20 points.

Concord made it a one-point game with a minute left. The Senators were able to force a turnover though and Allen finished at the other end with a layup.

The Raiders still did not go away and had a chance to tie with nine seconds remaining.

Concord was long on a three-point attempt from the corner before grabbing the rebound and hitting a putback. The basket was waved off though due to a push off on the rebound.

Dover’s Jyheim Spencer shoots against Concord during the Rumble at the River at St. Georges High School. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Dover made one free throw and the Raiders could not make a desperation three to tie.

“We had to stick together and not lose faith in each other,” Allen said. “We did what we had to do but we’re not satisfied at all. That’s not how we play usually, we have a lot of things we need to work on at practice.”

Plagued by foul trouble for most of the contest, Dover called on its bench to help keep the lead.

Eric White came off the bench to score all eight of his points in the second half. Janai Moore and Jayvon Rush-Taylor contributed some tough buckets.

“Some unsung people came in and helped,” Wilson said. “Eric White played very well in the second half. We found a way to get Jayvon Rush-Taylor into the game and see what he’s about. Janai Moore got a chance too.”

“My role is to get boards and put it in the basket,” White said. “I try to help the team anyway that’s possible, get deflections, blocks, rebounds. Anything I can do.”

St. Thomas More’s Nicholas Brown shoots against Howard defenders during the Rumble at the River at St. Georges High School. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Dover had three more players in double figures. Wanya Wise, Eden Davis and John Lassiter each scored 10 points.

It was the first nonconference matchup for Dover who now has 13 days in between games. The Senators also played Friday night, a win vs. Polytech, which Wilson thought may have caused what the Senators deemed a lackluster performance.

“Foul trouble, playing back-to-back but we can’t make excuses, we’re the ones who put ourselves in an uncompromising position,” Wilson said. “We found a way to win the game. It wasn’t our best.”

Howard 74, St. Thomas More 55: The Ravens led by double digits in the first half but ended up falling in the first game of the Rumble by the River.

It was the first loss of the year for St. Thomas More who dropped to 3-1. Howard out-scored the Ravens 46-24 in the second half.

St. Thomas More was paced by Joshua Hayward’s 17 points. Omari Burris added 11 points while Lewis Boakai chipped in nine.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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