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Feb. 9, 2001:
Central Closes in
on North Title

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Sophomore Weatherly Keys
80-57 Victory over Milford

Photo: Sussex Central's Andrew Weatherly dunks off a steal for 2 of his career-high 23 points.

GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex Central High School boys' basketball team moved within a win of clinching at least a tie for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title on Friday night, Feb. 9, 2001.

Sussex Central's Andrew Weatherly on dunkBehind sophomore Andrew Weatherly's career-high 23 points and devastating defense, the Golden Knights ripped Milford, 80-57, for their sixth straight win.

The Knights rose to 14-2 in the Henlopen North and 16-2 overall and remained two games ahead of Cape Henlopen and Sussex Tech for the division lead with three games left in the regular season.

Milford dropped to 10-7 in the division and 11-8 overall.

Weatherly had the finest all-around game of his young career. Besides the 23 points, he forced numerous Milford turnovers at the top of the Knights' 1-2-2 zone press, hit a three-pointer, threw down a couple of dunks, and generally gave the Bucs fits.

The 6-foot-3 swingman had 5 steals and a blocked shot in the first half alone.

The Knights took control of the game in the second quarter, when their 1-2-2 zone, featuring SC's big lineup with the 6-foot-3 Weatherly at guard along with 5-11 Leroy Mann, 6-4 Orlando Farrow at forward, 6-5 James Cannon at center, and 6-7 Layton Wright at the other forward.

That lineup caused all sorts of problems for Milford and took the Knights from a 14-14 tie after the first quarter to a 45-30 halftime lead.

The Knights then put the game away with a 7-0 run to start the third period for a 52-30 lead with 5:09 left. Their lead eventually grew to as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter.

Weatherly and Cannon sparked the second quarter spurt that put SC in command.

Weatherly caused several Milford turnovers and dunked off a steal while Cannon hit several jumpers on his way to 21 points.

Farrow contributed 16 points for the Knights.

For Milford, Tomaz Davis was the high scorer with 15 points. David Brinkley contributed 14.

Scoring Summary ...



MILFORD (57) -- Vincent Leggins 0 0-0 0, Charles Wise 1 0-2 2, Brent Wlliams 0 4-4 4, Darron Johnson 1 0-0 2, Lenny Leyanna 0 0-0 0, Tomaz Davis 6 3-5 15, Jonathan Webb 4 2-4 11, David Brinkley 7 0-0 14, Jonathan Stratton 0 1-4 1, Dorian Riddick 4 0-1 8, Adam Brown 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 23 10-20 57.

SUSSEX CENTRAL (58) -- Andrew Weatherly 8 6-8 23, Frank Roach 1 0-0 2, Greg Givens 0 2-2 2, Anthony Williams 1 0-0 3, Leroy Mann 3 1-3 7, Darris Sample 1 0-0 2, John Hoffer 1 0-0 2, Layton Wright 0 0-0 0, Terry Williams 0 0-0 0, James Cannon 9 2-3 21, Orlando Farrow 7 2-2 16, Jesse Makowski 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 33 11-15 80.

Three-point field goals: Sussex Central 3 (Weatherly, A. Williams, Cannon); Milford 1 (Webb).

Game of the Week Quotes...

Sussex Central coach Tim Slade on the win:

"I got tired of hearing all week from our fans and people in the school saying, 'Can you guys beat them?' The guys have got to hear it all the time. Right now we're No. 1 in the North and people act like we're down at the bottom and we can't win games. We've only lost two games all year and we only lost by 11 total (points). We wanted to silence the critics tonight and say we're a really good team. I think they came out and showed that we are a dominant team in the conference."

Slade on the run to what he hopes will be the North title:

"With Cape in second, Cape, we've got to go back and avenge that loss. With Tech, that's always going to be a good game because it's a cross-town rival. Hopefully we can beat Polytech on Tuesday and then go in against Cape with the same energy we had here. If we go in with this energy we should come out okay. It all depends on our behavior and our attitude at the beginning of the game. If we have that positive attitude that we're going to ahead and win and dominate the game, it shouldn't be much trouble."

Slade on Weatherly:

"Basically what we always try to do is pound it inside and out with Farrow and James. Fortunately tonight Andrew was hot. Andrew wanted to come out and display what he had and he did a good job of that. We've been telling Andrew all year to drive so he could open up his jump shot and he did that tonight. I'm very proud of him. He came out and played a good game, especially on defense."

Slade on using a "big" lineup:

"The last three or four games we've worked that lineup with Andrew up top and Layton. Layton covers a lot of ground with his 6-7 frame so we've been playing him a lot lately. He's just finally starting to understand the game. He did a good job as far as being out there on (Milford's Jonathan) Webb on the wing. I think he did a good job in the second half of cutting off the baseline. It's a new lineup, it's a big lineup, but the good thing about it is they're all strong and they're all fast. If they continue to play like they did, especially defensively, we should be okay. I know Sanford has a guy 6-8 and another one 6-8, so we've got to counter that with at least someone 6-7. James is 6-5, but James can't do it all by himself and James doesn't have the wing span like Layton. I am looking forward first to the conference, but then after that we are looking toward the states because we know we're going to run into some big teams, so hopefully we can counter them with this big lineup, especially with the way we shot tonight. If we shoot the way we shot tonight, you never know. The sky's the limit."

Sussex Central swingman Andrew Weatherly on the win:

"The first game that we played them (Bucs) we went out kind of sloppy and they were playing sloppy, too, I'll admit that. The second game we knew what we had to do. We wanted to take control of the North. We came out and did it. I wanted to prove to them -- the first time we played them I got in foul trouble with four fouls in four minutes -- what kind of player I am. I didn't get to show them any offense or defense the last game."

Game of the Week Notes...

  • The victory was Sussex Central's sixth in a row. The Golden Knights' last loss was against Cape Henlopen back in January.

    The last three games of the season will likely decide the Henlopen North championship. After a game at Polytech on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Knights host Cape Henlopen on Thursday, Feb. 15, in a game that could be for the North title and berth in the Henlopen Conference championship game.

  • Sussex Central head coach Tim Slade said he began using the big lineup of the 6-3 Weatherly and 5-11 Mann at guard, 6-5 Cannon in the middle, and 6-4 Farrow and 6-7 Wright at the forwards, a few games ago. The lineup is probably the tallest in the Henlopen Conference, not to mention the most athletic. Slade said that in addition to helping his team down the stretch of the conference season, he began using the lineup to get ready for some of the bigger teams the Knights may face in the state tournament in March.

  • Weatherly said the game was the best all-around performance he's had on the varsity but that he did score more points in a game on the junior varsity.

  • The Knights put 10 players in the scoring column as Slade was able to empty his bench for one of the few times this season. He said after the game he expected his reserves to have seen action in more than a dozen games by this time of the season but that the Knights have only recently been winning by big enough margins to use the reserves.

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