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Photo: Sussex Tech's Brian Polk slams home a two-fisted dunk.
GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex Tech High School boys' basketball team's goals may have been a little fuzzy earlier in the season, before the holiday break and the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.
But since the start of the New Year, the Ravens' goals of a second straight Henlopen Conference championship and a chance to advance beyond the state semifinals have been clearly in focus.
The latest bulls-eye on those targets was Laurel, which self-destructed from the pressure of Tech's defense in a 92-75 rout on Tuesday night, Jan. 18, 2000.
The Ravens solidified their hold on first place in the Henlopen North with a 9-0 record. They are 10-2 overall.
The Bulldogs entered the game as one of the Henlopen South's best teams with two of the conference's best players in point guard Titus Mims and center Hykeem Williams and left Tech's gym as the Ravens' latest conference victim with a record of 7-3 in the Henlopen South and 7-6 overall.
Since the New Year, the Ravens have outscored their five opponents 81.8 to 59.6 points per game. Twice in those five games they have scored more than 90 points and once they've scored more than 80.
In addition to the win over Laurel, included in that stretch was a win over previously unbeaten Sussex Central.
The carnage could get even worse, since on paper, the Ravens don't face a top conference team until consecutive games against Cape Henlopen, Lake Forest and Sussex Central on Feb. 11, Feb. 15 and Feb. 18.
Brian Polk led the Ravens with 29 points, but he wasn't that much of a factor in the first half, when Tech built up a 51-30 halftime lead with Polk scoring only 9 points.
Forward L.J. Walston added 23 points and guards Tynell Tingle and Michael Hooks contributed 14 and 11, respectively.
Tingle, Walston and Hooks did much of the damage early as Tech jumped out to a 12-0 lead just 2:30 into the contest and never allowed Laurel to cut the lead to less than double digits again.
During that early spurt, Tingle hit a three-pointer for a 5-0 lead, Walston nailed a jumper from the foul line, and Hooks sank a three-pointer.
The remainder of the first half was a showcase of Tech's pressure defense and offensive rebounding, and the second half was a showcase of Polk's considerable talents, as he scored 20 points in the half on a variety of dunks and layups before fouling out with more than 5 minutes left.
Mims led the Bulldogs with 25 points and Williams added 21, mostly on offensive rebounds, before fouling out. Terrance Watkins added 14 more points for Laurel.
LAUREL (75) -- Titus Mims 8 8-8 25, Hykeem Williams 8 5-5 21, Kevin Armstrong 1 0-0 3, Terrance Watkins 5 4-6 14, Keith Chase 1 0-0 2, Antoine Savage 3 0-0 7, Geoff Davis 1 0-0 3. Totals: 27 17-19 75.
SUSSEX TECH (92) -- Brian Polk 11 6-6 29, Michael Hooks 4 2-4 11, Robert Smith 0 0-0 0, L.J. Walston 11 1-3 23, Tynell Tingle 3 6-10 14, Tyray Chandler 4 1-4 9, Shannon Wright 3 0-1 6. Totals: 36 16-28 92.
Three-pointers: Tynell Tingle 2, Titus Mims, Kevin Armstrong, Antoine Savage, Geoff Davis, Brian Polk, Michael Hooks.
Tech coach Jerry Kobasa
Tech forward L.J. Walston
Sussex Tech coach Jerry Kobasa on his team's intensity since the holiday break:
"We are more focused. We've stepped up the defense and concentrated a lot more on our defense. Another one of the reasons we've stepped it up is Mike Hooks (point guard). Each game he gets better and better. And L.J. (Walston) is playing much more under control for us."
Sussex Tech forward L.J. Walston on coming back from a scary fall against Sussex Central on Jan. 4 (he was carried off the court on a stretcher but returned for the next game and scored 23 points against Laurel):
"I feel a lot better. I passed out that night and didn't know what happened. I woke up in the hospital and was like, 'What am I doing here?' "
Walston on Tech's dominance of the Henlopen Conference since the holiday break:
"We can't really say that (that they dominate the conference) because there's always somebody out there that can knock you off if you get too big-headed. You've got to play every game hard. We've just got to come to practice every day and play hard and stay focused."
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