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After 79-41 Win Over Cape
Photos: Sussex Tech guard Tynell Tingle collects a loose ball and heads upcourt, while forward L.J. Walston slams one of his two dunks.
GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex Tech High School boys' basketball program has adapted nicely to the loss of all-state swingman Brian Polk to the Temple University basketball program.
In their first month of the Post-Polk Era, the Ravens have stormed to a 6-0 record, including a 79-41 demolition of visiting Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000.
The Ravens, despite close games with Dover (59-54) and Delcastle (40-39), have outscored their opponents 67.7-47.0, or by more than 20 points a game.
Afterwards, though, Tech head coach Jerry Kobasa wouldn't say his team has been dominant this season, pointing to the Dover and Delcastle games.
The Henlopen Conference Northern Division game with Cape figured to be much closer, too -- Cape had lost by just a single point on a last-second tip-in to a Dover team that the Ravens only beat by five points after overcoming an 18-point second half deficit.
But there was nothing close about Tuesday night's game, as the Ravens zipped to an 18-0 lead and looked for a long time like they simply were not going to allow the Vikings to score.
Cape, in fact, did not score until 2:23 was left in the first quarter.
By then, Tech had 18 points, sparked by junior guard Chris Hopkins, who scored the Ravens' first seven points. After another bucket, the Ravens finished off the run with a three-pointer by guard Tynell Tingle, a fast break layup by forward L.J. Walston, a jumper by point guard Michael Hooks, and a pair of free throws by Tingle.
Cape would finally score with 2:23 left in the period on a layup by Antonio Alford.
Hopkins and Walston scored 15 points apiece in the game, while Tingle again led the Ravens with 23 points including 10 of 10 shooting from the foul line. Hopkins and Tingle had 13 points apiece at halftime.
Tech led 22-4 after the first period and continued to expand the lead throughout the game.
The Ravens led 40-18 at halftime, outscored Cape 20-8 in the third period for a 60-26 lead, and eventually built their advantage to as many as 40 points.
Tech coach Jerry Kobasa was able to empty his entire bench and all of the Ravens except one scored.
Hopkins drained 3 of the Ravens' 5 three-pointers, and Walston threw down a couple of dunks to complete the party.
Cape's only double figure scorer was point guard Pat Woods, who scored 11 points but suffered through a tough shooting night.
The loss dropped the young Vikings to 2-2 in the conference and overall.
CAPE HENLOPEN (41) -- William Wilson 0 0-0 0, Matt James 2 2-2 6, Travis Bailey 1 0-3 2, Dewayne Holloman 0 1-2 1, Tykee Perry 2 0-1 4, Joe Vavala 0 0-0 0, Pat Woods 4 3-4 11, Matt Duffield 0 2-2 2, Antonio Alfred 2 3-3 7, Thaddeus Shockley 1 0-0 2, Patrick Jackson 1 0-0 2, Andre Dunning 2 0-0 4. TOTALS 15 11-17 41.
SUSSEX TECH (79) -- Chris Hopkins 6 0-0 15, Trey Cooper 1 0-1 3, Michael Hooks 2 0-0 4, George Smith 2 1-2 5, Brandon Mann 1 0-0 2, L.J. Walston 5 5-7 15, Tynell Tingle 6 10-10 23, Vasean Townsend 0 0-2 0, Shannon Wright 2 0-2 4, Travis White 1 0-0 2, Jamaal Timmons 0 0-0 0, Jamel Trott 1 2-2 4, Bryant Thomas 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 28 18-26 79.
Three-point field goals: Sussex Tech 5 (Hopkins 3, Cooper, Tingle).
Tech coach Jerry Kobasa on the win:
"It was a good start (18-0). You know you're playing someone like Cape and Peden is probably ranked as one of the best coaches in the state of Delaware and I was nervous as hell. I thought the leadership we got out of Tingle, Walston and Hooks really prevailed. They just flat out played tonight. Everybody seems to forget that these guys have been here, Tynell four years, L.J. three years and Mike has started two years now. So we've got a little bit of experience. We lack height but hopefully our quickness will make up for some of that. We've got some pretty quick kids."
Kobasa on the rise of junior guard Chris Hopkins:
"We watched Chris all last year (on the junior varsity). We purposely didn't bring Chris up because we had Brian and it was going to be hard with Brian, Tynell and Mike all at the guards to get him a lot of playing time. But at the end of the season we brought him up and he did a great job against Milford, even in the Henlopen Conference championship game and he got some experience in the state tournament. He's a shooter. We've been lucky. We've had teams last year that went box-and-one on us and every time they did that on Brian, Tingle got 20 points. I think that happened five or six times. Tonight they tried it on Tingle and Hopkins gets 20 (actually 15). We've got some kids who can put it in the bucket."
Tech guard Tynell Tingle on the Post-Brian Polk Era:
"We miss him but we're still doing well without him. The key to our fast start is the way we play defense. It's better than anybody's around here. Our defense, we've got guys that play real hard every night."
Tingle on his scoring outburst this season:
"I think I'm shooting the ball better than last year. It's my senior season. This is it. I've got to step up and help my team out. I'm just playing harder than ever."
Tingle on filling the void left by Polk's graduation:
"We knew we were losing 30 points a game so it was my job to step up and put points on the board for us. Everybody has chipped in and done a job for us."
Tech guard Chris Hopkins on scoring so many points in his first full season on the varsity:
"I expected I would progress as the season did, but I was surprised to come out and start scoring."
Hopkins on the key to his fast start:
"Working in the off-season and hard work in practice."
Hopkins on the Ravens' fast start after losing Polk to graduation:
"This is the way we expected to start. This is the way we expect it to end, too."
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