Boys' Hoops Recap
Dover 69, Cape Henlopen 44
The Vikings dropped their fifth straight game to put their state tournament chances further in doubt.
In finishing the regular season at 9-10 in the Henlopen Conference and 10-12 overall, Cape awaits word on whether it has qualified for the 24-team tournament field this weekend.Against Dover, the Vikings led 27-25 at halftime but were outscored 22-7 in the third period and 22-10 in the fourth.
Center Thaddeus Shockley paced Cape with 16 points. Forward Mike Wright added 10, while forwards Antonio Alford and Dewayne Holloman contributed 9 points apiece.
Caesar Rodney 75, Cape Henlopen 73
The Vikings fell below .500 with their fourth straight loss. Now 9-9 in the Henlopen Conference and 10-11 overall, Cape is on the bubble to qualify for the state tournament. Forwards Mike Wright and Antonio Alford led the Vikings with 26 and 16 points, respectively.
Sussex Central 63, Cape Henlopen 54
The Vikings suffered their third straight loss and their fifth loss in their last six games in the Henlopen Conference defeat. Now 9-8 in the conference and 10-10 overall, Cape led Sussex Central 43-40 going into the fourth quarter. Forward Mike Wright paced Cape with 20 points including 3 three-pointers. Antonio Alford and Thaddeus Shockley added 12 points apiece.
Sussex Tech 66, Cape Henlopen 53
The Vikings' slide continued with the loss to Sussex Tech, which clinched the Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown with the win. With their fifth loss in their last seven games, the Vikings fell to 9-7 in the conference and 10-9 overall. Mike Wright paced the Vikings with 18 points including 3 three-pointers. Antonio Alford added 13 points and Thaddeus Shockley 10.
Smyrna 78, Cape Henlopen 72 (OT)
The Vikings lost a big lead entering the fourth period as their late-season slump continued. Cape led Smyrna 49-39 entering the fourth quarter but was outscored 39-23 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Mike Wright scored a season-high 25 points to pace the Vikings. Antonio Alford added 19 points and Thaddeus Shockley contributed 9. The Vikings have gone 2-4 in their last six games to fall to 9-6 in the conference and 10-8 overall.
Cape Henlopen 73,
Photo: Cape guard Joe Vavala.
The Vikings rolled past Polytech with a big fourth quarter in the Henlopen conference contest.
Cape put the game out of reach with a 28-7 advantage in the fourth period.
The Vikings were led by 11 points apiece from Joe Vavala and Antonio Alford.
Cape rose to 9-5 in the conference and 10-7 overall to remain in the hunt for a state tournament berth.
St. Mark's 40, Cape Henlopen 26
The Vikings continued to struggle with their third loss in their last four games. The nonconference defeat dropped Cape to 9-7 overall. Joe Vavala led Cape with 11 points including a pair of three-pointers. Mike Wright added 10 points.
Milford 51, Cape Henlopen 43 (OT)
The Vikings' hopes in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division were devastated by the overtime defeat. In falling to 8-5 in the conference and 9-6 overall, Cape fell four games behind division leader Sussex Tech with six games to play.
Cape and Milford battled back and forth all night, with Cape losing a three-point halftime lead in the third period only to recover enough to force overtime.
In the extra period, though, Milford scored 11 of its 13 points from the foul line.
Forward Mike Wright led a balanced attack with 13 points. Point guard Matt Jones, forward Dewayne Holloman and center Thaddeus Shockley added 10 points apiece.
Cape Henlopen 51,
Lake Forest 48
Photo: Cape forward DeWayne Holloman.
The Vikings rebounded from their disappointing loss to CR with a big win over three Henlopen Conference Southern Division leaders.
The Vikings used 14 points from point guard Matt Jones, including 3 three-pointers in the fourth quarter, to overcome a 43-35 fourth period deficit and rise to 8-4 in the conference and 9-5 overall.
Thaddeus Shockley gave Cape the lead for good with a basket that put Cape up 49-48.
DeWayne Holloman added 12 points for Cape.
Caesar Rodney 68, Cape Henlopen 60
Photo: Cape forward Scott Shockley.
The Vikings suffered a devastating blow to their Henlopen Conference Northern Division title hopes with the loss.
The loss dropped Cape to 7-4 in the conference and 8-5 overall. The Vikings are now three games behind division-leading Sussex Tech with seven conference games remaining.
Cape led CR 15-12 after the first period but was outscored 40-27 over the second and third periods. Forward Mike Wright paced the Vikings with 14 points.
Point guard Matt Jones added 12 points, while DeWayne Holloman and Scott Shockley contributed 9 points apiece and Thaddeus Shockley chipped in with 8.
Jones hit three of the Vikings' five three-pointers, but it wasn't enough to offset CR's 10 three-pointers.
Cape Henlopen 63, Seaford 45
Photo: Cape point guard Matt Jones.
The Vikings rolled to a 36-17 halftime lead and never let up in the Henlopen Conference triumph.
Point guard Matt Jones and forward Mike Wright sparked Cape with 15 points apiece. Center Thaddeus Shockley added 10 more points.
Seaford played the game without swingman C.J. Scott, the conference's leading scorer at 25 points a game. Scott had to sit out the game after picking up a technical foul in a win over Polytech on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Cape rose to 7-3 in the conference and 8-4 overall.
Cape Henlopen 69, Woodbridge 48
The Vikings controlled the game in the first and fourth periods to subdue Woodbridge in the Henlopen Conference contest.
Point guard Matt Jones sparked the Vikings with 21 points, while Thaddeus Shockley contributed 18 more. Jones canned all four of the Vikings' three-pointers.
Forward Mike Wright and forward Antonio Alford chipped inwith 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Cape rose to 6-3 in the conference and 7-4 overall.
Indian River 60, Cape Henlopen 59 (OT)
The Vikings saw their two-game winning streak snapped and their hopes for a Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown dim.
The loss dropped Cape to 5-3 in the conference and 6-4 overall and left them 2 1/2 games behind Northern Division leader Sussex Tech.
Cape overcame a 30-24 halftime deficit to force Indian River into overtime but couldn't make the rally stand in overtime.
Forward Mike Wright paced Cape with 22 points including a pair of three-pointers.
Cape Henlopen 46, Laurel 43
Photo: Cape center Thaddeus Shockley.
The Vikings opened up a 13-point halftime lead then held on down the stretch as they survived a three-point attempt at the buzzer in the Henlopen Conference win.
Cape opened a 33-20 halftime lead but saw Laurel chip away at the deficit until it tied the game 39-39 in the fourth period.
The Vikings, however, scored seven of the game's next nine points to go ahead 46-41 on a layup by forward Mike Wright with 40 seconds left. Wright scored Cape's last five points and finished with 10 for the game.
A last-ditch three-point attempt by the Bulldogs bounced off the rim and gave the Vikings the victory.
Cape, now 5-2 in the conference and 6-3 overall, was led by point guard Matt Jones' 16 points including four three-pointers in the first half.
Center Thaddeus Shockley contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Cape Henlopen 70, Delmar 59
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Dover 63, Cape Henlopen 59
Photo: Cape point guard Matt Jones.
The Vikings suffered a tough loss after overcoming a big halftime deficit in the key Henlopen Conference Northern Division contest.
Cape, which hadn't played for nearly two weeks, fell behind 32-15 at halftime and only had 12 points in the first half before point guard Matt Jones hit one of his four three-pointers at the first-half buzzer for three of his 20 points.
Jones continued his hot shooting in the third period as he scored 13 more points in a 27-point Viking quarter that cut the gap to 49-42 entering the final quarter.
Cape continued to inch closer in the fourth period but was never able to pull closer than 4 points as it fell to 3-2 in the North and 4-3 overall.
The loss left Cape a game-and-a-half behind Northern Division leader Sussex Tech.
The victory was the sixth straight for Dover, which is a game behind Tech.
Besides Jones, forward Mike Wright and center Thaddeus Shockley were also in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Cape hosts Delmar in Sussex County Online's Game of the Week on Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Mayor's Cup Consolation
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001
Cape Henlopen 45, Brandywine 42
Photo: Cape forward Mike Wright.
The Vikings rebounded from their Mayor's Cup semifinal loss to place third in their bracket.
Mike Wright sparked the Vikings with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Cape outscored Brandywine 15-8 in the second quarter to gain control of the game.
Guard Matt Jones scored 8 points and guard Joe Vavala added 7 as the Vikings rose to 4-2 overall. Vavala also had four steals.
Three of those steals helped give Cape a 40-35 advantage in the fourth quarter.
The win wasn't sealed, though, until Brandywine missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Mayor's Cup Semifinal
Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001
St. Elizabeth 52, Cape Henlopen 40
The Vikings saw their two-game winning streak snapped in the annual Slam Dunk to the Beach tourney. Point guard Matt Jones paced Cape with 16 points. He hit three three-pointers. Cape trailed only 27-25 at halftime but dropped to 3-2 overall with the loss. St. Elizabeth outrebounded Cape 38-20 6-7 senior forward Shane Sowden and 6-5 senior forward Joe Scholz controlled the boards.
Cape Henlopen 65, Sussex Central 49
Photo: Cape head coach Jerry Peden Sr.
The Vikings knocked off the defending Henlopen Conference champions behind a balanced attack in the much-anticipated matchup of legendary Cape coach Jerry Peden Sr. and his son, Jerry Peden Jr., the coach of the Golden Knights.
"It was kind of a special moment," said Peden Sr. "We've been together all our lives in basketball. He played for me (when Peden coached at Central) and he was an assistant for me for years. I'm glad it's over. That's for sure."
The game was believed to be only the second time in Henlopen Conference history that a father and son have squared off against each other as coaches. The Chasanovs, Heath and Len, coached against each other in 1995.
Four players scored in double figures as Cape rose to 3-1 in the conference and overall with its second straight win.
Point guard Matt Jones led the way with 15 points while shooting guard Joe Vavala added 13. Forward Antonio Alford and center Thaddeus Shockley each scored 11 points.
"The guys are starting to gell," said Peden, whose club knocked off previously unbeaten Sussex Tech in overtime on Tuesday. "They're starting to play together. It's a pleasure to watch. It's been a big week for us."
The Vikings never trailed Sussex Central after grabbing a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Central pulled within 5 points in the third period, but the Vikings rallied and Central never got closer than 9 points thereafter.
Cape Henlopen 64, Sussex Tech 62 (OT)
Photo: Cape forward Dewayne Holloman.
Senior guard Larry Miller's three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Vikings to the overtime Henlopen Conference win over previously unbeaten Sussex Tech.
Cape, now 2-1 in the conference and overall, trailed Sussex Tech by 6 points at halftime but whittled the deficit to one point entering the final period before tying the game, 58-58, at the end of regulation.
Dewayne Holloman led the Vikings in scoring with 16 points. Forwards Mike Wright and Antonio Alford contributed 11 points apiece and senior center Thaddeus Shockley added 10.
Miller and point guard Matt Jones finished with 8 points. Each hit a three-pointer.
Polytech 51, Cape Henlopen 44
Cape Henlopen got off to a slow start and never recovered in the Henlopen Conference clash.
Down 18-7 after the first period, the Vikings fell to 1-1 in the conference and overall.
Forward Mike Wright, a transfer from Dover, led the Vikings with 13 points. He hit two of the Vikings' four three-pointers.
No other Vikings scored in double-figures, but point guard Matt Jones scored 9 points including a three-pointer.
The Vikings hurt themselves at the free throw line, as they made just 6 of 16 shots there.
Cape Henlopen 59, Milford 52
Photo: Cape's Antonio Alford scores on a layup between Milford's Lenny Leyanna (left) and Jonathan Webb.
Cape Henlopen gave itself all the cushion it needed with a 16-0 outburst to start its season- and Henlopen Conference opener.
Behind a tight defense and three-point bombing by point guard Matt Jones, the Vikings started out with a 9-0 lead before Milford could call timeout and then increased that margin to 16-0 before Milford got its first points on a three-pointer by Jonathan Webb with just 2:14 left in the first quarter.
That 16-0 margin proved too much for Milford to overcome, because even though the Bucs outscored Cape 52-43 from then on, they never cut the deficit to less than 6 points.
Jones hit five three-pointers in the contest to lead the Vikings with 19 points.
Senior forward Antonio Alford added 15 more for Cape, which also took advantage of Milford's 8-for-21 shooting from the foul line.
Alford's layup gave Cape an 18-5 lead after one quarter and after Webb bounced a 35-foot jumper off the backboard and through the net with no time left on the clock at halftime, the Vikings still led 36-22.
Senior guard Joe Vavala chipped in with 9 more points for Cape.
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