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Dec. 17, 1999:
Tech Comes
Back for Win
Overcomes Cape 67-60

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Game of the Week Story ...

Photo: Cape's J.J. Hazzard sails in for a layup.

LEWES -- What coach Jerry Kobasa has been harping on might have finally sunk in for his Sussex Tech boys' basketball team.

Cape's J.J. HazzardKobasa has been drilling into his players' heads the notion that they must play hard and smart for four quarters, and his Ravens nearly learned that lesson the hard way in a battle of unbeatens at Cape Henlopen Friday night, Dec. 17, 1999.

Instead, a fourth quarter comeback sparked by all-state forward Brian Polk gave the relieved Ravens a 67-60 Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory.

Polk scored 32 of his 38 points in the second half to lead Tech, ranked 3rd in the state, back from a 31-20 halftime deficit to rise to 4-0 in the division and overall. The Ravens are tied with Sussex Central for the division lead.

Cape, led by tenacious forward Julius Hazzard's 23 points, slipped to 2-1 in the North and overall.

The halftime score was most shocking not because of the team that was leading but because the Tech juggernaut that was averaging more than 80 points a game managed only 20 points against Cape's pesky 1-2-2 zone including just 6 points in the second period.

The zone, along with Hazzard's ferocious work on the offensive boards, allowed Cape to control the game's tempo and eventually build a 41-28 advantage with 4 minutes left in the third period.

But a technical foul against Cape's bench started an 8-0 run that pulled Tech within 41-35 with 2 minutes left in the quarter to begin the comeback.

The teams traded baskets to end the quarter with Cape leading 46-39, but after two Hazzard free throws gave the Vikings a 48-39 advantage to start the fourth period, the Ravens mounted their final comeback effort with a 7-0 run to pull within 48-47 with 6:18 remaining.

A 15-foot jumper by Darrell Davis on a nice pass from Hazzard made it 50-47 Cape, but Polk responded with a layup off a rebound and a long three-pointer to give Tech its first lead -- 52-50 -- since late in the first quarter.

Cape tied the game for the final time on a floater by Davis with 3:55 to go, but Tech reeled off the next 8 points on a hanging jumper in the lane by Polk, a put-back of a missed free throw by L.J. Walston, and a followup and steal and layup by Polk for a 60-52 advantage with 1:38 remaining.

Cape could get no closer than 5 points after that despite the fact Tech missed 9 of its last 12 free throws and made only 10 of its 30 free throws for the game.

Tynell Tingle joined Polk in double figures for Tech with 15 points. Davis scored 17 points and Dwyane Holloman 13 for Cape.

Game of the Week Boxscore ...


SUSSEX TECH (67) -- Brian Polk 14 7-15 38, Michael Hooks 1 0-0 2, Robert Smith 1 0-1 2, L.J. Walston 6 2-9 15, Tynell Tingle 3 0-1 7, Tyray Chandler 0 1-4 1, Shannon Wright 0 0-0 0, Darilo Jankovic 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 10-30 67.

CAPE HENLOPEN (60) -- Taron Biles 0 0-0 0, Pat Woods 0 1-2 1, Dwayne Holloman 6 1-2 13, J.J. Hazzard 9 6-7 23, Darrell Davis 6 4-6 17, Bob Croce 1 0-1 2, Patrick Jackson 0 1-2 1, Tom Sheehan 1 1-2 3. Totals: 21 14-22 60.

Three-pointers: Brian Polk 3, Darrell Davis, J.J. Hazzard, L.J. Walston, Tynell Tingle.

Game of the Week Photos ...

Photos: Sussex Tech's Brian Polk is regarded as one of the state's best players for his offensive skills.

And even though he scored a game-high 38 points in a 67-60 win over Cape Henlopen on Friday, Dec. 17, he showed he's a pretty spectacular defensive player, too, with several blocks including this stuff of a layup attempt by Cape's J.J. Hazzard.

Sussex Tech's Brian Polk

Game of the Week Quotes ...

Tech coach Jerry Kobasa
Kobasa on Tech's inconsistency
Kobasa on Tech's Brian Polk
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Sussex Tech coach Jerry Kobasa on the victory:

"We were in trouble. We got tentative and stopped playing our type of basketball. In the second half we said we were going straight man to man and anybody who didn't play it was coming out. We just didn't do a darned thing in the first half. We missed a ton of shots but Cape played good defense, too. Cape took us out of our game and we didn't adjust to it. They slowed us down."

Kobasa on what was said at halftime after the Ravens scored just 20 points:

"They weren't too happy with what was said at halftime but the nice thing is they dug down and responded. They did what we asked from midway in the third quarter on. They finally opened their ears up and listened a little to what we were saying."

Kobasa on Cape Henlopen's effort:

"That's a good team. They've got talent. Hazzard just did anything he wanted on the boards in the first half and that's what we talked about going in, keeping JuJu off the boards. But every Hazzard I've ever seen will just come from anywhere on the court and get a rebound. They're good." I think Hazzard can play with anybody in the state and (Darrell) Davis can play with anybody in the state. And Pat Woods did a real nice job for them out front."

Kobasa on Cape's 1-2-2 zone defense, which limited Tech to just 20 first half points:

"We're usually a very good shooting team. We got stagnant tonight. Brian was off tonight and Tynell Tingle didn't shoot well. That's what a zone will do to you. But if you start hitting from outside, they'll come out of that zone real fast."

Cape coach Ed Waples on the loss:

"I think we shot ourselves in the foot with the technical foul (against the bench in the third quarter with Cape leading by 13). It's one of those things ... I've been coaching varsity for three years and coached junior varsity and middle school before that and never have had a technical called on the bench. That was a momentum swing and after we lost that momentum we just came unglued."

Waples on team leader J.J. Hazzard's performance:

"One of the things about J.J. is I hope people give him credit for the things he does. He may not show you 32 points every game but he'll show you things like rebounds, the things you don't get credit for."

Waples on the 1-2-2 zone defense that limited Tech to 20 first half points:

"I think the zone would have rattled them the whole game but when Tom Sheehan came out (with five fouls early in the fourth quarter) I had to change things up because I was bringing in guys who had never been in a dogfight like that."

Sussex Tech's Brian Polk on trying to repeat as Henlopen Conference champions:

"As long as we play hard and play good defense it will be hard to beat us. It's a dogfight every night. Since we're the champs everybody goes for us because they have nothing to lose. We're just going to go out and try to repeat."

Polk on the Ravens' bench on a night when the starters' shooting was off:

"I just thank the players who came in off the bench and gave us 100 percent, diving for the ball and trapping."

Polk on overcoming a slow start with 32 of his 38 points in the second half:

"I was basically trying to get to the foul line and pick things up there, but things weren't working out for me on the foul line tonight (he was 7 of 15). In the first half we weren't getting the ball to the wing where we could work it around, but we worked that out in the second half."

Game of the Week Notes ...

  • Sussex Tech connected on only 10 of 30 free throws in the game for just 30 percent accuracy. Coach Jerry Kobasa said the Ravens were a 70 percent free throw shooting team entering the game.

  • Cape coach Ed Waples said that the disqualification of senior forward Tom Sheehan on fouls with 7 minutes left in the game limited the effectiveness of the Vikings' 1-2-2 zone defense in the fourth quarter.

  • Waples praised the play of point guard Pat Woods, who handled the persistent pressure and trapping defenses of Sussex Tech with poise until things started to unravel in the final moments of the third quarter and on into the fourth quarter.

  • Kobasa said his players didn't like what they heard from their coach at halftime but that they got the message for the second half. Kobasa sat his starters on the bench during halftime warmups while the reserves practiced shooting on the floor.

  • The Vikings got team leader Julius Hazzard back after he missed the Polytech game on Dec. 14 to recover from a gash in his head suffered in the season-opening victory over Seaford on Dec. 7. Hazzard gave the Vikings another scare late in the second period when he followed in a missed field goal attempt and crashed to the floor. He rolled around with his head in his hands for nearly a minute before shaking the fall off and rising to his feet.

  • Waples said that in his time as a varsity, junior varsity and middle school coach he has never had a technical foul called on his bench until Friday night when the Viking bench was hit with a technical with 3:20 left in the third quarter and the Vikings up by 13. Waples called the technical a "momentum swing".

  • Cape apparently had some kind of reunion planned for former players and coaches at halftime as the announcer called several times for former players and legendary coach Ralph Baird to gather on center court. No one did and the only former Cape player who appeared to be in the building was Ronson Burton, the center on the famed unbeaten state champion Cape team of 1974-75. Burton is now an assistant with Sussex Tech.

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