Game of the Week
Win Over Delmar
Photos: In top photo, Cape's Antonio Alford shoots over Delmar's Brandon Hudson (right) and Vince Stewart. In bottom photo, Cape's Thaddeus Shockley (42) sets a pick to free up Alford.
LEWES -- For the past three seasons, the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title has been a foregone conclusion.
But this year, with defending champion Sussex Central reeling, the title appears to be up for grabs.
Cape Henlopen head coach Jerry Peden Sr. believes his team can regain the crown it owned from 1994-98 if it can develop some consistency this season.
A 70-59 victory over visiting Delmar on Friday, Jan. 11, was a case in point.
In rising to 4-2 in the conference and 5-3 overall, the Vikings stormed to a 12-1 lead but had to overcome 28 turnovers to beat back the pesky Wildcats.
A balanced attack, fast break layups and hard-nosed rebounding fueled Cape's victory.
Forward Mike Wright led Cape with 16 points, many on fast breaks. Dewayne Holloman added 13 points, a dunk and two spectacular blocks, guard Scott Shockley contributed 11 timely points, and center Thaddeus Shockley patrolled the boards with 21 rebounds to go with 9 points.
Reserve forward Antonio Alford gave the Vikings several lifts, too, and finished with 8 points.
Despite the various contributions, the Vikings' lead, which ballooned to 12-1 in the first three minutes of the game, went up and down like a yo-yo the rest of the way.
Delmar, though, never did take the lead as Cape had an answer for every Wildcat charge.
Cape bolted to its early lead on three-pointers by point guard Matt Jones and guard Scott Shockley, a follow shot by Thaddeus Shockley, a layup by Wright and a dunk by Holloman.
Delmar started to come back with its full court press and came within 23-22 with 5:00 left in the second period. But by quarter's end, Cape led 35-26 as Wright hit a layup and foul shot for a three-point play near the end of the half.
Delmar made several more challenges again in the second half but could never cut the gap to less than 6 points, at 60-54, when brothers Sean and Brandon Hudson hit a jumper and a layup off a steal with 5:00 remaining in the game.
Cape steadily rebuilt its lead after that Delmar flurry, as a layup and foul shot by guard Joe Vavala put Cape up 64-54 with 2:56 to go and a layup by Thaddeus Shockley made it 66-54 with 2:40 left.
Brandon Hudson led the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points including three three-pointers. Forward Vince Stewart and Sean Hudson added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
While the Wildcats committed only 14 turnovers, they hurt themselves at the free throw line, where they shot just 17 for 35. They also surrendered 44 rebounds to the Vikings, including 15 on the offensive end.
DELMAR (59) -- John Webster 0 0-0 0, Brandon Hudson 5 5-7 18, James Stewart 2 0-0 4, Troi Handy 0 0-0 0, Vince Stewart 6 1-5 13, Mike Johnson 0 0-0 0, Sean Hudson 3 5-11 12, Demeris Canon 1 6-11 8, Bad Brown 2 0-1 4. TOTALS 19 17-35 59.
CAPE HENLOPEN (70) -- Matt Jones 3 0-0 8, Dewayne Holloman 6 1-2 13, Scott Shockley 5 0-0 11, Mike Wright 7 2-3 16, Joe Vavala 2 1-4 5, Antonio Alford 4 0-0 8, Thaddeus Shockley 4 1-4 9. TOTALS 31 5-13 70.
Three-point field goals: Cape Henlopen 3 (Jones 2, Shockley); Delmar 4 (B. Hudson 3, S. Hudson).
Photos: Above left, Delmar's Demeris Cannon grabs a rebound. Above right, Cape's Dewayne Holloman drives for a basket.
Cape head coach Jerry Peden Sr. on holding Delmar off:
"They keep coming back at you. Delmar teams are always that way. They never let you off the hook. I think two things really helped us tonight, rebounding and our fast break. We got an awful lot of layups on our fast break."
Peden on the Henlopen Conference Northern Division race:
"We've got to learn to play consistently. We let Polytech beat us in the beginning and then we lost to Dover at Dover and we didn't play well in the first half. Yeah, we're in the thick of it. We just have to keep winning."
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