Boys' Hoop Recap
Delaware State Tournament
Concord 67, Sussex Central 59
The Golden Knights' tumultuous 2001-2002 season ended with a first round loss in the Delaware state boys' basketball tournament.
One of the pre-season favorites for the state tournament, the Knights didn't figure to make it at all after losing their top two players, Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly, for disciplinary reasons over the holiday break.
Without them, the Knights still fought their way into the tournament with three straight wins to end the regular season, including a victory over Henlopen Conference champion Sussex Tech.
Against No. 14 Concord, the 19th-seeded Knights trailed just 36-35 after three quarters before Concord erupted for 32 points in the final period.
Guard Thomas Brewington and center Josh Ward paced the Knights with 22 and 18 points, respectively. Brewington's effort included 5 three-pointers.
Sussex Central finished with a record of 11-12. Concord, now 15-8, faces third-seeded St. Elizabeth Saturday.
Sussex Central 66, Sussex Tech 56
Photo: Sussex Central guard Thomas Brewington.
The Golden Knights won their third straight game and ended a 13-game winning streak for rival Tech in the Henlopen Conference victory.
The win in its regular season finale victory raised Central to 11-8 in the conference and 11-11 overall. It now awaits word on a possible state tournament berth.
Guard Thomas Brewington exploded for 27 points to lead Central. His outburst helped the Knights jump to a 19-5 first quarter lead over Sussex Tech, which clinched the Northern Division crown last week.
Guard Frank Roach and center Josh Ward added 10 points apiece.
Sussex Central 63, Cape Henlopen 54
Photo: Sussex Central coach Jerry Peden Jr.
This time, the son won the Battle of the Pedens.
In a rematch of the early-season game between Sussex Central head coach Jerry Peden Jr. -- the son -- and Cape Henlopen coach Jerry Peden Sr. -- the father -- the son gained a measure of revenge for his club's loss in December.
Central trailed Cape Henlopen 43-40 after three quarters but outscored the Vikings 23-11 in the final period for its second straight victory.
Now 10-8 in the Henlopen Conference and 10-11 overall, the Knights were sparked by guard Frank Roach's 16 points and 14 points apiece from guard Thomas Brewington and center Josh Ward.
Sussex Central 87, Polytech 45
Photo: Sussex Central center Josh Ward
The Golden Knights blew Polytech out in the third quarter en route to the Henlopen Conference win.
Outscoring the Panthers 29-7 in the third quarter, Central improved to 9-8 in the conference and 9-11 overall.
Guard Frank Roach led Central with 25 points while center Josh Ward contributed 20 more.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Golden Knights.
Milford 41, Sussex Central 40
The Golden Knights suffered a heart-breaking conference defeat when Milford's Jonathan Webb sank a jumper with 8 seconds left. The loss dropped Central to 8-8 in the Henlopen Conference and 8-11 overall. Guards Thomas Brewington and Frank Roach scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. The game was close throughout, with Central leading 13-9 after one quarter, Milford leading 26-23 at halftime, and Milford clinging to a 35-33 advantage after three quarters.
Dover 77, Sussex Central 66
The Golden Knights fell to 8-7 in the Henlopen Conference and 8-10 overall with the Henlopen Conference loss. Guard Thomas Brewington and Tim Hall scored 12 points apiece.
Salesianum 54, Sussex Central 46
The Golden Knights suffered a major blow to their state tournament hopes as they dropped below .500 with the nonconference loss. Central is now 8-9 overall. The Knights fell behind 17-5 in the first quarter and never caught up. Guard Frank Roach led the Knights with 9 points. Guard Thomas Brewington and forward Frank Harris contributed 7 more.
Sussex Central 81, Caesar Rodney 80
The Golden Knights pulled out a major Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory as guard Thomas Brewington sank four free throws in the game's final minute.
Brewington finished with 20 points to help the Knights overcome a 37-36 halftime deficit and overcome 12 CR three-pointers in the topsy-turvy contest.
Central is now 8-6 in the conference and 8-8 overall as it battles down the stretch to qualify for the state tournament.
Woodbridge 56, Sussex Central 53
The Golden Knights suffered a blow to their state tournament hopes with the Henlopen Conference loss.
In falling to 7-6 in the conference and 7-8 overall, the Knights trailed Woodbridge 32-27 at halftime.
Central pulled within two points entering the fourth quarter but couldn't get over the hump down the stretch.
Guard Thomas Brewington paced the Knights with 15 points including 3 three-pointers. Center Josh Ward contributed 12 more points.
Sussex Central 67, Indian River 41
Photo: Sussex Central guard Frank Roach
The Golden Knights won in surprisingly easy fashion with the Henlopen Conference rout of their district rivals.
Guard Frank Roach sparked the Knights with 21 points, while guard Thomas Brewington pitched in with 17 on the strength of 5 three-pointers.
In rising to 7-5 in the conference and 7-7 overall, the Knights outscored Indian River 16-6 in the second quarter to take command.
The Knights have won four straight games in the conference.
Center Josh Ward added 8 points for Central.
Laurel 63, Sussex Central 47
The Golden Knights dropped to 6-5 in the Henlopen Conference and 6-7 overall with the loss to Laurel. Frank Roach led Central with 16 points.
Sussex Central 72, Delmar 51
The Golden Knights bounced back from their loss to Smyrna with a resounding Henlopen Conference victory.
Central took command of the game by outscoring Delmar 22-4 in the second period.
Josh Ward paced the Knights with a game-high 19 points.
Guard Thomas Brewington and swingman Frank Harris added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Brewington nailed a pair of three-pointers.
The Knights are now 6-4 in the conference and 6-6 overall.
Smyrna 62, Sussex Central 58
The Golden Knights saw their two-game winning streak halted in Henlopen Conference action.
Thomas Brewington and Frank Harris led the Knights with 15 and 12 points apiece.
The Knightsare now 5-4 in the conference and 5-6 overall.
Sussex Central 77, Lake Forest 61
The Golden Knights posted a mild upset and evened their record with the win over Lake Forest in a rematch of last year's Henlopen Conference championship game.
After winning the conference championship last year with their front line, the Knights did their damage this time from the outside, where guard Thomas Brewington connected on six three-pointers on the way to a team-high 21 points.
In recording their second win in a row, the Knights finished the game off in the fourth quarter by outscoring Lake 27-19, including a 16-4 run to end the game.
Tim Hall was also in double figures for Central with 14 points. Frank Roach and Frank Harris added 9 points apiece.
Central rose to 5-3 in the conference and 5-5 overall.
Sussex Central 63, Seaford 59
The Golden Knights snapped a four-game losing streak in their first win since the departure of leading scorers Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly.
Guard Thomas Brewington sparked the Henlopen Conference win with 18 points as Central improved to 4-3 in the conference and 4-5 overall. Brewington canned 4 of the Knights' 6 three-pointers.
Despite all of their troubles, the Knights remain in the thick of the Henlopen North race for second place and are still only two games out of first place.
The Knights got off to a fast start against Seaford, as they bolted to a 35-26 halftime lead.
Seaford tied the score entering the fourth quarter at 49-49, but the Knights pulled the game out down the stretch.
Aiding Brewington for Central were Frank Roach, Frank Harris and Josh Ward with 10 points apiece.
Sussex Tech 61,
Sussex Central 48
Photo: Sussex Central guard Jonathan Ricketts
The Golden Knights continued to struggle as they search for new leaders to replace departed Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly.
Guard Thomas Brewington stepped up against Tech with a team-high 13 points.
Guards Frank Roach and Jonathan Ricketts contributed 10 points each.
The Knights trailed Sussex Tech 28-21 at halftime as they dropped their fourth straight game to fall to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the Henlopen Conference.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001
Wicomico (Md.) 88, Sussex Central 55
The Sussex Central High School boys' basketball team, already reeling from a three-game losing streak and a sub-.500 record, will now officially have to play the rest of the season without its two best players.
Head coach Jerry Peden Jr. made it official Thursday when he announced that senior forward Orlando Farrow and junior swingman Andrew Weatherly have been dismissed for the rest of the season due to violations of team rules, including missing and being late for practices.
Farrow, a first team all-Henlopen Conference selection last year, was averaging 22.6 points a game. Weatherly, a second team all-conference pick, was averaging 13 points a night.
Peden first said the pair's future was in doubt last week after they missed the Knights' two losses in the Lions Club Tournament in Salisbury, Md.
Peden acknowledged that the loss of two of the main cogs in last year's Henlopen Conference championship campaign will be a big blow to the Knights but said he would rather lose every game the rest of the season rather than allowing a couple of players to have different rules than other players have to follow.
Troubles surfaced earlier in December when Peden benched the two at the start of the Knights' 50-43 win over Milford on Dec. 13.
Without Farrow and Weatherly, the Knights were no match for unbeaten Bayside Conference powerhouse Wicomico on the final night of the 12th annual Lions Club Tournament in Salisbury, Md.
"With those two, we would have been very competitive (against Wi-Hi)," said Peden.
Even with Farrow and Weatherly in the lineup, the Knights have not been the dominant team everyone expected this season.
Sophomore swingman Frank Harris led the Knights against Wi-Hi with 16 points. Guards Thomas Brewington and Frank Roach added 12 and 8 points, respectively. Sussex Central trailed 46-21 at halftime.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2001
Snow Hill (Md.) 72, Sussex Central 66
Playing without starting forwards Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly, the Golden Knights sufferered their second consecutive loss to fall to 3-3 overall.
With Farrow and Weatherly missing the game due to "internal problems", the Knights still led Snow Hill by 5 points after the first period.
Snow Hill, however, led by 5 at halftime and maintained a 6- to 8-point lead from there.
Guard Jonathan Ricketts led the Knights with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Frank Roach added 15 points and 6 steals, and swingman Frank Harris, in his first start, contributed 15 points.
Cape Henlopen 65, Sussex Central 49
The Golden Knights lost the battle of the Pedens in one of the most anticipated Henlopen Conference matchups of the season.
With the Knights' Jerry Peden Jr. coaching against his legendary father, Jerry Peden Sr., for the first time, the Knights fell behind 7-0 and never caught quite up before Cape Henlopen put the game away with a third quarter burst.
"It was a good learning experience," said Peden Jr. "They're a well-coached team. They executed very well."
It was believed to be only the second time in Henlopen Conference history that a father and son have coached against each other. The Chasanovs, Heath and Len, coached against each other in 1995.
The Knights came within 5 points in the third quarter but after Cape's run, couldn't come any closer than 9 points the rest of the way as the defending conference champions fell to 3-2 overall and in the conference.
Senior forward Orlando Farrow led the Knights with 20 points. Guard Thomas Brewington contributed 12 more and forward Andrew Weatherly chipped in with 7.
Sussex Central 75, Polytech 34
The Golden Knights breezed to the Henlopen Conference win behind Orlando Farrow and Thomas Brewington.
Farrow, a senior forward, sparked the Knights with 24 points while Brewington, a guard, added 16 points including two three-pointers.
Farrow and Brewington scored 8 and 7 points, respectively, in the second period, when Central outscored Polytech 24-7 to take a 41-14 halftime lead and blow the game open.
Junior forward Andrew Weatherly contributed 10 points and point guard Frank Roach added 9 as the Knights rose to 3-1 in the conference and overall.
Sussex Central 50, Milford 43
Photo: Sussex Central guard Darris Sample drives to basket.
The Golden Knights overcame a sluggish start to avoid a Henlopen Conference upset and rise to 2-1 in the conference and overall.
With starting forwards Andrew Weatherly and Orlando Farrow starting the game on the bench for the first couple of minutes, the Knights fell behind Milford 13-9 after one quarter.
Farrow and Weatherly gradually began to bring the Knights back, though, as they rallied in the second half from a 26-25 halftime deficit.
Farrow finished with 16 points and Weatherly with 11.
Dover 69, Sussex Central 64 (OT)
The Golden Knights suffered their first defeat of the season as they were outscored 13-8 in overtime.
The Knights forced overtime on a last-second three-pointer by Josh Ward before falling to 1-1 in the Henlopen Conference and overall.
Forwards Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly paced Central with 27 and 19 points, respectively. Farrow sank two three-pointers.
Guard Thomas Brewington added 9 points including a three-pointer.
The Knights took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter but Dover, behind Jordan Smith's 21 points, gradually cut away at the lead over the next three periods.
Central hurt itself at the free throw line, where it made only 16 of 32 shots.
Sussex Central 70, Caesar Rodney 56
Photo: Sussex Central guard Jonathan Ricketts
The Golden Knights gave Jerry Peden Jr. a successful head coaching debut with the rout of Caesar Rodney in their season- and Henlopen Conference opener.
The defending conference champions whipped the Riders behind Orlando Farrow's 26 points and 11 rebounds in an important early-season Henlopen North contest.Farrow scored 18 points in the second half including a two-handed dunk off a give-and-go from forward Andrew Weatherly, who added 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Central took a 53-36 lead in the third quarter before a 7-0 Rider run sliced the advantage to 10 points, but the Knights quickly regrouped and padded their lead.
Also in double figures for the Knights were guard Thomas Brewington with 12 points and senior guard Jonathan Ricketts with 10 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds in his first game with the Knight varsity.
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