Boys' Hoop Recap
Smyrna 63, Indian River 55
The Indians concluded their season with a Henlopen Conference defeat -- their fifth straight. Lester Bivens' 12 points led Indian River.
Delmar 70, Indian River 53
The Indians dropped the Henlopen Conference game for their third straight loss. Sam Jones and Paul Williams scored 11 points apiece for IR.
Laurel 69, Indian River 43
The Indians were blown out of the Henlopen Conference game by a Laurel team that pulled within one game of Southern Division leader Lake Forest. Derek Houston paced the Indians with 16 points. Indian River hosts Delmar in a conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Dover 79, Indian River 50
The Indians were throttled by Dover and former IR head coach Pat Kelly in Kelly's first game as a head coach against his former team. Dover put the Henlopen Conference contest away with a 28-4 advantage in the third quarter. Forward Derek Houston paced the Indians with 12 points, while point guard Therman Hagans contributed 11.
Indian River 41, Woodbridge 40
Photo: Indian guard Brandon Tindley.
The Indians won the Henlopen Conference contest when guard Brandon Tindley sank a free throw with 1.1 seconds to go in the game.
Tindley's free throw snapped a four-game losing streak in the conference for the Indians.
In the topsy-turvy contest, Indian River led 8-2 after the first quarter but Woodbridge captured the lead by halftime at 17-13.
The Indians fell behind even further in the third quarter and trailed 35-28 entering the final period.
Paul Williamson sparked the Indians with 14 points. Williamson's total included a pair of three-pointers.
Tindley finished with 6 points, while forward Derek Houston put in 8 points.
Lake Forest 65, Indian River 46
The Indians suffered their fourth consecutive loss as their post-season hopes continued to dim with the loss to the Henlopen Conference Southern Division leaders. IR trailed 35-15 at halftime. Sam Jones and Paul Williamson paced the Indians with 10 points apiece, while Justin Tomlinson added 9 points and Derek Houston 8.
Caesar Rodney 61, Indian River 45
The Indians' slide continued with their third consecutive Henlopen Conference loss. Sam Jones led IR in scoring with 14 points.
Sussex Central 67, Indian River 41
Photo: Indian center Sam Jones.
The Indians fell behind early and never caught up in the Henlopen Conference defeat.
IR trailed 18-13 after the first period and was then outscored 16-6 in the second quarter by Sussex Central.
No Indians scored in double figures. Sam Jones paced IR with 9 points, while Justin Tomlinson and Brandon Tindley added 6 points apiece.
Sussex Tech 73, Indian River 45
The Indians saw their three-game winning streak snapped by the Henlopen Conference Northern Division leaders. The Indians were led by guards T.C. Blake and Paul Williamson with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sussex Tech pulled away in the second half as it opened a 48-26 lead.
Indian River 59, Stephen Decatur (Md.) 52
The Indians successfully defended their Mason-Dixon Classic crown with the nonconference win.
IR didn't have a single player in double figures but did have eight players with at least five points.
Brandon Tindley and Sam Jones paced the Indians with 9 points apiece. T.C. Blake, Lester Bivens and Therman Hagans scored 8 points apiece and Juston Tomlinson chipped in with 7.
The Indians led 33-28 at halftime but had to win the game down the stretch after Decatur forged a 48-48 tie with 3:48 left in the game.
Indian River 60, Cape Henlopen 59 (OT)
Photo: Indian guard T.C. Blake.
The Indians saw a halftime lead go by the wayside but then recovered in time to win the Henlopen Conference contest in overtime.
The Indians, who have won two straight and three of their last four, led Cape Henlopen 30-24 at halftime but had to finish the game off in overtime after Cape rallied in the second half.
Guard T.C. Blake hit the go-ahead field goal for the Indians in overtime and finished with 17 points.
It's the second time this season that Blake has been instrumental in lifting the Indians to victory in overtime.
Guard Paul Williamson added 16 more points for IR.
Indian River 64, Polytech 53
The Indians trailed after the first quarter but gradually took command the rest of the way as they took the Henlopen Conference game.
Brandon Tindley and Sam Jones paced the Indians with 14 points apiece.
Center Justin Tomlinson added 12 more.
Milford 57, Indian River 43
The Indians fell behind big in the first half and couldn't recover in the Henlopen Conference loss. Center Justin Tomlinson and forward Derek Houston scored 12 points apiece for the Indians. IR trailed Milford 33-13 at halftime.
Indian River 69, Smyrna 63
The Indians won the Henlopen Conference Southern Division contest behind Sam Jones and T.C. Blake, who scored 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Seaford 57, Indian River 46
Photo: Indian center Justin Tomlinson
The Indians, who hadn't played for more than two weeks, shook the rust off in the third quarter but it was too late to overcome a 26-16 halftime deficit as their two-game winning streak came to an end.
Indian River scored only 9 points in the first period and 7 points in the second quarter before getting untracked in the third quarter with 18 points.
Center Justin Tomlinson led the Indians with 19 points. Forward Derek Houston contributed 11 more.
Guard Lester Bivens scored 8 points and canned a pair of three-pointers.
It was the Indians' second loss to Seaford this season. IR is now 2-3 in the Henlopen Conference and 3-3 overall.
Indian River visits Delmar in a makeup game on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and then hosts Smyrna in another Henlopen South contest on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30.
Indian River 64, Laurel 62 (OT)
Photo: Indian forward Derek Houston.
The Indians handed the foul-plagued Bulldogs their first loss of the season with a fourth quarter rally that extended into the overtime period.
With their third straight win, the Indians rose to 2-2 in the Henlopen Conference and 3-2 overall. Laurel to 3-1 in the conference and overall.
Indian River scored four points in the final two minutes of regulation to force the overtime period.
Guards T.C. Blake and Brandon Tindley and forward Derek Houston scored the Indians' 10 overtime points, while 6-10 center Justin Tomlinson altered a follow shot under the basket by Laurel's Donte Penn as the buzzer sounded.
Laurel was plagued by fouls as five players, including leading scorer Trey Elzey, fouled out.
In the final two minutes of regulation, Houston hit three free throws and Tindley another to rally IR from a 54-50 deficit and force overtime.
In the extra period, Laurel scored first on a fast break layup off a steal by Jackie Taylor. Houston, however, came back with a jumper in the post to tie the score 56-56.
After Laurel went ahead 58-56 on a pair of foul shots, Indian River came back again behind Blake, who scored 6 of his team-high 17 points in the next 45 seconds on a three-pointer and three foul shots to give the Indians a 62-58 lead with 1:16 remaining.
After a Laurel basket, Gibbs hit two more foul shots for the clinching points with 34.9 seconds left.
Besides Blake, other leading scorers for the Indians were Houston with 13 points, Tomlinson with 8 points and guard Paul Williamson with 7 points.
The Indians led 16-8 after the first period but Laurel closed to within 28-25 at halftime and took a 44-41 advantage into the fourth period.
The Indians are off for the holidays. They'll visit Delmar in a Henlopen South contest that has been postponed to Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at 7:30 p.m.
Indian River 45, Woodbridge 42
Photo: Indian guard Paul Williamson.
The Indians collected their first victory with the Henlopen Conference Southern Division triumph over Woodbridge.
IR guard Paul Williamson sank a three-pointer with 2:45 remaining to give the Indians the lead for good.
Center Sam Jones paced the Indians with 13 points. Williamson scored 12 more.
Williamson's three-pointer capped an IR comeback from a 31-27 deficit entering the final period.
Seaford 62, Indian River 54
Photo: Derek Houston follows up a missed shot.
The Indians saw a golden opportunity for their first victory slip away as they were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter.
In falling to 0-2 in the Henlopen Conference and overall, IR let a seven-point lead entering the fourth quarter slip away.
The slide started early in the fourth quarter when the Indians, up 44-37, missed four consecutive free throws on a foul and a Seaford technical foul with 7:11 left in the game.
Seaford took advantage of the opportunity to score 8 straight points to go up 47-46 with 5:11 left. IR regained the lead at 49-47 on a pair of foul shots, but the Blue Jays responded with another 8-0 run to take a 55-49 lead with 2:45 remaining.
The Indians would rally one more time, but after pulling within 55-52 on a pair of free throws by freshman point guard Therman Hagans and another by guard T.C. Blake, Seaford reeled off 7 more points to take an insurmountable 62-52 lead with just 36 seconds to go.
The Indians, plagued by turnovers throughout, were led by forward Derek Houston's 14 points and 10 points by guard Chad Gibbs.
After struggling to an 8-3 lead after the first quarter, the Indians started hitting their shots in the second period and took a 25-23 halftime lead on a late shot by guard Lester Bivens.
The Indians began pulling away from Seaford in the third quarter, as a follow shot by Houston gave them their biggest lead at 39-30 with 2:04 left in the period.
Lake Forest 68, Indian River 60
The Indians dropped their season- and Henlopen Conference opener to the pre-season favorites in the Henlopen South.
The Indians took a 37-34 lead into halftime but Lake Forest, behind Torrell Hicks' 32 points, rallied for the win.
For the Indians, 6-11 center Justin Tomlinson scored 13 points and Brandon Tindley and Derrick Houston scored 12 points apiece.
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