Boys' Hoop Recap
Delaware State Tournament
Salesianum 50, Sussex Tech 43
Sussex Tech swingman Chris Hopkins
The Ravens' dream season ended in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Delaware state boys' basketball tournament.
Seeded fourth, the Ravens fell to the No. 5 Sals when senior Tech guard Chris Hopkins went to the bench with his fifth foul with 1:46 left in the game and senior Salesianum guard Kyle Stem sank all 6 of his free throws in the final minute.
Tech, picked to finish no higher than fourth or fifth in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, concluded its season with a 20-5 record.
The improbable record included the program's third conference title in four years.
The Ravens also had to overcome the loss of Hopkins to a broken arm in mid-January, but Tuesday night, his loss was too much to overcome this time.
Hopkins, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, fouled out and with him went the Ravens' chances. Down 41-40, Salesianum's Robert McCasker drew Hopkins' fifth foul and completed a three-point play for a 44-40 Salesianum lead.
The Ravens controlled much of the game as they led 23-18 at halftime on a shot with four seconds left by sophomore guard Rashawn Johnson, who scored 15 points and hit 3 three-pointers.
Stem, however, brought Salesianum back in the third quarter with a pair of three-pointers. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
Kevin Maull scored 8 points for Tech.
Delaware State Tournament
Sussex Tech 51, William Penn 36
For details on the Ravens' second round state tournament win, click the score above.
Sussex Tech 58, Lake Forest 48
For details on the Ravens' conference championship win, click the score above.
Caesar Rodney 72, Sussex Tech 59
The Ravens suffered their second straight loss to end their regular season but welcomed the return of senior swingman Chris Hopkins from a broken arm.
At 16-3 in the Henlopen Conference and 18-4 overall, Tech faces Southern Division champion Lake Forest in the conference championship game on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Cape Henlopen.
The Ravens and Lake Forest have met in three of the past four conference championship games, with Tech winning in 2000 and 1999. Lake lost to Sussex Central last year.
Against CR, the Ravens started slowly with a 24-9 deficit in the first quarter they were unable to overcome despite outscoring the Riders 16-2 in the third period.
Hopkins led the way for Tech with 17 points, while Rashawn Johnson and Kevin Maull contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Hopkins broke his arm in a game on Jan. 17 and was expected the miss the rest of the season.
Sussex Central 66, Sussex Tech 56
Sussex Tech forward Travis White
The Ravens lost the second Battle of Georgetown to a Sussex Central squad battling to qualify for the state tournament.
The loss ended a 13-gme winning steak for Tech and handed the Ravens only their second conference loss this season. Now 16-2 in the conference and 18-3 overall, the Ravens lost for the first time since the holiday break.
Travis White paced Tech with a season-high 22 points. Rashawn Johnson added 17.
Sussex Central jumped to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and held the Ravens off down the stretch.
Sussex Tech 63, Lake Forest 60
Sussex Tech guard Rashawn Johnson
In a likely preview of the Henlopen Conference championship game on Feb. 26, the Northern Division champion Ravens overcame a six-point deficit going into the fourth quarter.
Guard Rashawn Johnson sparked the comeback by scoring 8 of his 29 points in the final period. Center Jamel Trott scored 13 points.
In improving to 16-1 in the conference and 18-2 overall, Tech won despite a 36-point outburst by Lake Forest guard Terrell Hicks.
Lake Forest fell to 10-6 in the Southern Division with its third consecutive defeat. The loss left the Spartans just one game ahead of Laurel.
The Ravens visit rival Sussex Central in a conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Sussex Tech 66, Cape Henlopen 53
Photos: Sussex Tech guard Brandon Mann (top) and head coach Jerry Kobasa
The Ravens clinched the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with the victory that avenged their only conference loss this season.
In rising to 15-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall with three conference games remaining, the Ravens maintained their three-game lead over second-place Dover with three games left.
Even though Tech and Dover could still wind up tied in the standings, the Ravens clinched the crown by virtue of their two wins over Dover this year in the event a tie-breaker is needed.
The victory also put Tech into the conference championship game on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The likely opponent for the conference title will be Lake Forest, which leads the Southern Division. Tech hosts Lake on Thursday, Feb. 14, in a possible preview of the title contest.
The championship was unexpected this year with Tech losing key players from last year's squad and defending North champion Sussex Central returning two all-conference performers from a year ago.
But when Central lost Orlando Farrow and Andrew Weatherly for disciplinary reasons, it threw the North race wide open.
Tech's hopes appeared to dim, though, when it lost leading scorer Chris Hopkins to a broken arm in a win over Laurel on Jan. 17.
Undaunted, the Ravens have picked up the pieces as Rashawn Johnson, Brandon Mann, Kevin Maull, Jamel Trott, Jamal Timmons, Chris White and Travis White have taken turns filling the void.
The mix has resulted in a 12-game win streak, including 11 straight in the conference. The Ravens haven't lost a game since the holiday break.
"The only guys to believe in these guys were themselves," said Tech head coach Jerry Kobasa, whose program secured its third North title in the past four years. "This is probably the best group of kids I've ever coached. On top of losing Chris' scoring, we lost a great leader. But we've had other people step up."
Against Cape Henlopen, Mann led the way offensively and defensively. Mann not only scored a game-high 21 points, he also held Cape point guard Matt Jones, one of the Vikings' leading scorers, to 0 points.
"Brandon is the super glue for us this year," said Tech head coach Jerry Kobasa. "He plays the best defender every game and sets the table for everybody else."
Mann also knocked down 5 three-pointers. "We told him he had to start scoring more and he hits five threes," said Kobasa.
Johnson added 12 points for Tech, while Maull contributed 11, Cody White and Timmons added 7 apiece, and Trott chipped in with 6.
Sussex Tech 78, Polytech 33
Sussex Tech forward Kevin Maull
The Ravens closed in on an unexpected Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown with the easy win over Polytech.
Tech improved to 14-1 in the conference and 16-2 overall and maintained its three-game lead over second-place Dover with four games remaining. Dover beat Caesar Rodney 64-54 in another conference game Friday to rise to 11-4 in the conference.
The Ravens could clinch the title with a victory over visiting Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. by virtue of holding the tie-breaker edge over Dover. Tech has beaten Dover twice this year. Cape handed Tech its only conference defeat in an overtime thriller in December.
Against Polytech, Rashawn Johnson led the way for the Ravens with 18 points. Kevin Maull added 13 more. Jamel Trott and Brandon Mann contributed 11 and 9 points, respectively.
The Ravens jumped ahead 42-9 at halftime after holding Polytech to just one point in the second period.
The win was Tech's 11th straight overall and its 10th straight in the conference. It hasn't lost since the holiday break.
Sussex Tech 68, Milford 51
The Ravens continued their march toward the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title as they rose to 13-1 in the conference and 15-2 overall.
Tech holds a three-game lead over second-place Dover with five conference games remaining. Dover beat Sussex Central 77-66 on Tuesday to remain in the hunt.
Against Milford, the Ravens slowly pulled away as they turned a 30-25 halftime lead into a 49-39 advantage entering the fourth period.
Rashawn Johnson sparked the Ravens with a game-high 18 points, while Brandon Mann contributed 16. The duo combined to hit 18 of their 20 free throws to lead Tech's 27-for-35 effort at the line.
Travis White added 12 more points for the Ravens, who have won 10 straight games overall and 9 straight in the conference. Tech hasn't lost since the Christmas break.
Sussex Tech 59, Dover 50
Sussex Tech center Jamel Trott
The Sussex Tech boys' basketball team continued its remarkable season by taking a big step towards the program's third Henlopen Conference Northern Division title in the last four years with the victory at Dover.
The win lifted the Ravens to 12-1 in the conference and 14-2 overall but more importantly, gave them a three-game lead over second-place Dover with just six conference game remaining. Dover is 9-4 in the conference and 12-4 overall.
For the Ravens, it was their fourth straight victory since losing leading scorer Chris Hopkins to a broken arm on Jan. 17. Overall, Tech has won nine straight games and eight straight in the conference.
As he has since Hopkins' injury, sophomore guard Rashawn Johnson led the Ravens with 20 points -- his fifth straight 20-point performance. He scored six points in the last three minutes to help hold Dover off.
Johnson hit a three-pointer with four minutes remaining to put Tech ahead 49-44. They had led 26-23 at halftime when forward Travis White hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
Sussex Tech 69, Seaford 67 (OT)
Sussex Tech guard Rashawn Johnson
Sophomore guard Rashawn Johnson sank a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to lift the Ravens to an exciting Henlopen Conference victory.
Tech inbounded the ball with seven seconds left to Johnson, who drained the three at the buzzer to finish with 21 points.
Seaford led 33-32 at halftime despite suiting up only eight players. Three fouled out in regulation.
Kevin Maull contributed 16 points and Brandon Mann added 12 as the Ravens rose to 11-1 in the conference and 13-2 overall with their eighth straight win and their seventh straight in the conference.
It was the first time in seven games that the Ravens hadn't won by double digits.
Sussex Tech 79, Woodbridge 56
Sophomore guard Rashawn Johnson continued hot with 27 points as the Ravens put down several Woodbridge challenges in a Henlopen Conference victory.
The Ravens remained in first place in the Northern Division with a 10-1 record in the conference. Tech is 12-2 overall.
The Ravens and Woodbridge battled to a 20-20 first quarter tie before Tech opened the second period with 13 straight points.
Woodbridge didn't fold, though, and pulled within 41-40 early in the third quarter. The Ravens responded, however, with a 16-4 run to put the game away.
Travis White hit 3 of Tech's 6 three-pointers on the way to 11 points. Johnson sank two of those threes. For Johnson, it was his third straight game with 20 points or more and his second straight game with 27.
Sussex Tech 73, Indian River 45
The Northern Division-leading Ravens picked up the slack for the injured Chris Hopkins with an impressive Henlopen Conference victory.
Sparked by guard Rashwan Johnson's season-high 27 points, the Ravens opened a 48-26 lead over Indian River in the second half in rising to 9-1 in the conference and 11-2 overall.
With Hopkins, the team's leading scorer, out for the season with a broken arm, the Ravens got contributions from Brandon Mann and Cody White with 10 points apiece.
Tech is unbeaten since the start of the New Year and has won seven straight games.
Sussex Tech 78, Laurel 57
The Ravens' march through the Henlopen Conference continued with their fifth consecutive victory of 10 points or more and their sixth straight win overall.
The Ravens, however, lost leading scorer Chris Hopkins for the season with a broken arm. He scored 17 points before leaving the game.
Tech controlled the game from the start as it outscored Laurel 28-9 in the first period and led 45-22 at halftime.
Sparking the Henlopen North leaders was guard Rashawn Johnson with 21 points.
Tech rose to 8-1 in the conference and 10-2 overall.
Sussex Tech 67, Delmar 43
The Ravens continued to roll through the Henlopen Conference with their fourth straight win of 10 points or more.
Tech, which leads the Northern Division with a 7-1 record (9-2 overall), put Delmar away with a 25-14 edge in the third period.
Tech was led by guards Rashawn Johnson and Chris Hopkins, who scored 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Guard Brandon Mann added 10 points.
Sussex Tech 71, Smyrna 61
The Ravens took an early lead and gradually pulled away in the Henlopen Conference contest.
The victory kept Tech in first place by a half-game over runnerup Dover.
Kevin Maull added 14 points for the Ravens, who rose to 6-1 in the conference and 8-2 overall.
Tech led 21-13 after the first quarter and never let up.
Sussex Tech 70, Caesar Rodney 55
The Ravens maintained their one-game lead in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with their third straight victory.
Now 5-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall, Tech leads runnerup Dover by one game and third-place Cape Henlopen and Sussex Central by a game-and-a-half.
Four players scored in double figures for the Ravens, led by Rashawn Johnson's 16 points and Brandon Mann's 15 points.
Chris Hopkins and Kevin Maull contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively, as Tech shot 27 of 37 from the line.
Sussex Tech 61, Sussex Central 48
The Ravens finally got a "breather" as their string of overtime games stopped at two with the Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory over an undermanned Sussex Central squad.
Chris Hopkins scored 24 points, including 17 in the second half, to spark Tech, which rose to 6-2 overall with its second consecutive victory. The Ravens are 4-1 in the conference.
Rashawn Johnson added 17 points against Sussex Central, which dropped its fourth straight game.
The Knights, one of the conference's preseason favorites, are playing the rest of the season without senior forward Orlando Farrow and junior swingman Andrew Weatherly, all-conference picks who have been dismissed from the team.
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001
Sussex Tech 66, Snow Hill (Md.) 61 (OT)
For the second consecutive night, the Ravens went into overtime against a Maryland opponent in the Salisbury tournament, but this time they emerged victorious.
In rising to 5-2 overall, the Ravens got 22 points from swingman Chris Hopkins and 16 from forward Kevin Maull to overcome 8 three-pointers by Snow Hill.
Tech lost a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter before securing the win with a 13-8 advantage in the overtime period.
Hopkins hit 8 of 10 free throws for the Ravens.
Friday, Dec. 28, 2001
Pocomoke (Md.) 72, Sussex Tech 71 (OT)
The Ravens battled back from a disastrous third quarter only to lose the topsy-turvy game in overtime in the Salisbury tournament.
In falling to 4-2 overall, Tech was outscored 22-10 in the third quarter to squander a 39-26 halftime lead.
They were then forced into overtime by Pocomoke, which sank 5 three-pointers in the contest.
The Ravens were led by guard Rashawn Johnson's 20 points.
Swingman Chris Hopkins and forward Kevin Maull contributed 18 and 13 points, respectively.
Cape Henlopen 64, Sussex Tech 62 (OT)
The Ravens lost a six-point halftime lead and with it eventually suffered their first loss of the season in heart-breaking fashion when Cape guard Larry Miller hit a three-pointer as the buzzer went off in overtime.
Now 3-1 in the Henlopen Conference and 4-1 overall, the Ravens led 33-27 at halftime but saw the lead cut to one by the end of the third period.
Cape Henlopen tied the game in regulation at 58-58 to send the game into overtime.
Guard Rashawn Johnson led Tech's effort with a game-high 29 points but the Ravens hit only 13 of their 23 free throws after hitting all 15 of their foul shots in a win over Delcastle on Dec. 15.
Also in double figures for Tech were swingman Chris Hopkins and forward Kevin Maull with 13 points apiece.
Sussex Tech 57, Delcastle 50
The Ravens remained unbeaten with the nonconference victory. In rising to 4-0 overall, Tech got 20 points from senior swingman Chris Hopkins and 13 more from guard Rashwan Johnson. Johnson sank two three-pointers. The Ravens led 27-20 at halftime, saw Delcastle come back in the third period to tie the score 38-38, and then outscored the Cougars 19-12 in the final period to pull out the win. Tech hit all 15 of its free throws.
Sussex Tech 66, Polytech 47
Sussex Tech swingman Chris Hopkins
The Ravens blew the Henlopen Conference contest against their rivals open with a 24-9 advantage in the third quarter.
With Chris Hopkins and Rashawn Johnson scoring 20 and 18 points, respectively, the Ravens turned a 37-26 halftime lead into a full-fledged rout in the third period as the lead reached as many as 30 points.
The Ravens' third quarter domination was sparked by a suffocating pressure defense that forced numerous turnovers and led to numerous fast break layups.
That defense helped hold Polytech's Anthony Nix, who scored 21 points in a win over Cape Henlopen on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to just 3 points.
Sussex Tech 61, Milford 42
The Ravens continued their surprisingly strong start with a Henlopen Conference rout.
Now 2-0 in the conference and overall, Tech jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter and increased it to 38-17 at halftime behind a balanced attack.
Guard Rashawn Johnson led three double-figure scorers with 13 points.
Swingman Chris Hopkins and point guard Brandon Mann added 12 points apiece.
Milford fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Sussex Tech 71, Dover 62
The rebuilding Ravens trailed by eight points at halftime but exploded for 42 second half points to win their season- and Henlopen Conference opener going away.
Swingman Chris Hopkins scored a game-high 28 points to spark Tech, which outscored Dover 21-13 in the third period to tie the game going into the fourth quarter.
Also in double figures for the Ravens were Jamel Trott with 13 points and Travis White with 11, including a three-pointer.
Guards Rashawn Johnson and Brandon Mann chipped in with 9 and 7 points, respectively.
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