Boys' Basketball Recap
Henlopen Championship Game
Sussex Central 65, Laurel 60
For details on the Bulldogs' Henlopen Conference championship game loss to Sussex Central, click on the score above.
Laurel 53, Smyrna 39
The Bulldogs clinched their first Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship and their first berth in the conference championship game with the win.
Now 13-5 in the conference and 14-6 overall with one regular season game remaining, the Bulldogs will face the winner of the Henlopen North for the conference title on either Tuesday, Feb. 25, or Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Cape Henlopen. Game time will be 7:30 p.m.
Sussex Central, Sussex Tech and Dover are all still in the running for the North crown. Laurel lost to all three teams during the regular season.
Laurel had tied for the South title twice before but lost on tie-breakers. This time, though, the Bulldogs broke open a 26-21 game at halftime with a 14-3 advantage in the third quarter.
Trey Elzey's 17 points sparked the title-clinching victory. Anton Ridley and Patrick Belle contributed 12 points apiece.
Laurel 65, Milford 43
The Bulldogs took another step closer to the first Henlopen Conference Southern Division championship in school history with the win.
In rising to 12-5 in the conference and 13-6 overall, Laurel broke the game open with a 23-9 advantage for a 35-17 halftime lead over Milford.
Trey Elzey poured in a game-high 23 points for the Bulldogs, while Anton Ridley and Troy Elzey added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Patrick Belle chipped in with 9 points.
Laurel 74, Indian River 65
The Bulldogs built up a double-digit halftime lead and cruised from there for the Henlopen Conference Southern Division triumph.
Laurel raced to a 37-19 lead over Indian River at the half.
The Bulldogs were led by Patrick Belle's 20 points. Troy Elzey poured in 19 points and Anton Ridley contributed 17 more.
Laurel is now 11-5 in the conference and 12-6 overall in their quest for the school's first Henlopen South crown and berth in the conference championship game.
Laurel 65, Woodbridge 55
Finally rid of the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, the Bulldogs returned to their quest for a Henlopen South crown and a berth in the conference championship game.
In rising to 10-5 in the conference and 11-6 overall, Laurel took control of the game in the first half as it outscored Woodbridge 32-22 by halftime.
Trey Elzey's 19 points sparked the Bulldogs, while Troy Elzey added 14. Jackie Taylor and Patrick Belle contributed 9 and 8 points, respectively.
Seaford 63, Laurel 61
The Bulldogs continued to struggle against Henlopen Conference Northern Division competition as they fell to their rivals up the road on Route 13.
In falling to 9-5 in the conference and 10-6 overall, Laurel has now gone 3-5 against Henlopen North teams including a victory over Cape Henlopen in the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament.
The Bulldogs actually led Seaford 31-20 at halftime but watched the Blue Jays come back behind Marque Edouard. Seaford pulled within 48-42 after three periods and outscored the Bulldogs by 8 points in the last quarter.
Center Troy Elzey led Laurel with 13 points. Guard Jackie Taylor added12 points, Anton Ridley contributed 11 points, and forward Trey Elzey and guard Patrick Belle chipped in with 9 points each.
Laurel 57, Delmar 53
The Bulldogs won their second straight with the Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory.
In rising to 10-3 in the conference and 10-6 overall, Laurel took just enough of a lead in a sluggish first half offensively to hold Delmar off down the stretch.
Laurel led just 18-11 at halftime but held on in the second half.
The Bulldogs were paced by forward Trey Elzey's 18 points. Anton Ridley added 12 points and Troy Elzey contributed 9 points.
Laurel 59, Polytech 40
The Bulldogs ended their three-game losing streak with the victory.
Laurel held Polytech scoreless in the second period as it outscored the Panthers 19-0 in the quarter.
Patrick Belle led the Bulldogs wih 19 points. Antwan Ridley added 10 and Anton Ridley contributed 9 points.
Laurel is now 8-4 in the Henlopen Conference and 9-6 overall.
Cape Henlopen 69, Laurel 67
The Bulldogs came up short in their third straight loss to a Henlopen Conference Northern Division opponent.
Laurel trailed Cape Henlopen by 3 points entering the fourth quarter but came back to tie the game at 67-67 late in the fourth period.
Cape, however, got two foul shots by Ray Jackson with 7 seconds remaining to seal the win.
In falling to 7-4 in the conference and 8-5 overall, the Bulldogs got 16 points from Patrick Belle and 14 points from Trey Elzey.
Troy Elzey and Anton Ridley were also in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jackie Taylor added 9 points.
Sussex Tech 69, Laurel 64
The Bulldogs couldn't catch up in the Henlopen Conference matchup as they suffered their third loss to a Northern Division opponent.
Now 7-3 in the conference and 8-4 overall, Laurel led after the first quarter but fell behind 31-30 at halftime.
The Bulldogs hurt themselves at the free throw line as they missed 7 of their 10 attempts. Sussex Tech, meanwhile, sank 10 of its 12 foul shots.
Forward Troy Elzey led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Anton Ridley added 17 points. Patrick Belle contributed 13 more points.
Sussex Central 79, Laurel 64
For details on Laurel's loss to Henlopen North leader Sussex Central, click the score above.
Laurel 98, Caesar Rodney 85 (OT)
The Bulldogs exploded for 20 points in the overtime period to stun Caesar Rodney.
In rising to 7-1 in the Henlopen Conference and 8-2 overall, Laurel survived a fourth quarter comeback by CR with the game-saving effort in the extra period.
Forward Troy Elzey scored a team-high 19 points. Center Trey Elzey, forward Anton Ridley and guard Jackie Taylor added 18 points apiece. Also in double figures was guard Patrick Belle with 17 points.
Laurel took a 58-50 lead into the fourth period but was outscored 28-20 as CR bombed away from outside. The Riders finished with 10 three-pointers, including six by Eric Mayan.
Dover 66, Laurel 58
The Bulldogs suffered their first conference loss as they began a series of contests against Henlopen Conference Northern Division opponents.
Dover outplayed Laurel in the first three quarters to take the game as it built a 28-18 halftime lead and expanded it to 48-30 after three periods.
Laurel was led by center Trey Elzey's season-high 18 points. Guards Jackie Taylor and Patrick Belle added 10 points apiece.
The Bulldogs are now 6-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall.
Laurel 67, Smyrna 64
The Bulldogs remained unbeaten in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division while handing Smyrna its first conference loss.
With Trey Elzey seeing his first significant action since the second game of the season, laurel took a 30-26 halftime lead and extended it to 45-39 after three quarters.
The Bulldogs then hung on in a frantic fourth quarter to rise to 6-0 in the Henlopen South and 7-1 overall.
Elzey, the Bulldogs' standout center, scored 12 points for his season-high. It's only the second time he has reached double figures this year. He had missed all or most of six games with an ankle injury.
Forward Anton Ridley led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Guard Jackie Taylor contributed 13 points and Patrick Belle added 10.
Laurel 64, Lake Forest 40
The Bulldogs rolled over Lake Forest in their first conference game since the holiday break.
Laurel, led by Patrick Belle's 15 points, rose to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division.
Donte Penn and Jackie Taylor scored 14 and 11 points, respectively, for Laurel.
Slam Dunk to the Beach
St. Mark's 50, Laurel 41
The Bulldogs, still playing without injured standout center Trey Elzey for most of the game, suffered their first loss of the season in a Mayor's Cup quarterfinal game.
Laurel shot just 36.2 percent for the game to fall to 5-1 overall.
St. Mark's Shannon Davis victimized Laurel with 29 points, including 14 straight between the third and fourth quarters to help the Spartans overcome a 24-20 halftime deficit.
Slam Dunk to the Beach
Laurel 67, Cape Henlopen 63
The Bulldogs remained unbeaten despite playing without standout center Trey Elzey for the third straight game.
Despite Elzey's absence, the Bulldogs still used their height advantage to outrebound Cape Henlopen 42-32.
Forward Anton Ridley and guard Jackie Taylor sparked the Bulldogs with 17 points apiece. Ridley grabbed 14 rebounds. Elzey's twin brother Troy collected 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Laurel scored 16 straight points in the second quarter to take a 38-27 lead but was unable to put the game away for good until Patrick Belle hit a free throw with 12 seconds left.
The Bulldogs are now 5-0 overall.
Laurel 70, Delmar 60
The Bulldogs rose to 4-0 in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division and overall for their best start in recent years.
Patrick Belle led the way for Laurel with 15 points. Also in double figures were Anton Ridley with 13 points and Jackie Taylor and Donte Penn with 12 points apiece.
The game was close throughout as Laurel led Delmar 33-28 at halftime and 53-47 after three quarters.
Laurel canned 5 three-pointers, including two by Belle. The Bulldogs played the game without standout center Trey Elzey, who missed his second straight game with an injured ankle.
Laurel 66, Milford 60
The Bulldogs are off to their second consecutive 3-0 start after jumping out to a double-figure halftime lead.
Laurel took a 28-16 halftime lead over Milford and coasted the rest of the way in handing the Bucs their first loss.
Forward Anton Ridley again led the Bulldogs with a season-high 26 points. He has averaged 24.0 points a game in the first three games and has picked up the slack for injured Trey Elzey.
An all-conference pick last year, Elzey suffered an ankle sprain early in a win over Woodbridge on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and sat out the game against Milford.
Head coach B.J. Joseph said Elzey would likely miss the Bulldogs' game at Delmar on Friday, Dec. 20, but probably come back for the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament against St. Mark's on Friday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. at Cape Henlopen High School.
Joseph said he was not surprised by the emergence of Ridley in the early going. He said that while colleges have been looking at the 6-5 senior for football after Ridley's outstanding season with the Bulldogs' state tournament football team, Joseph said he may be better in basketball.
So far, Boston University has shown the most interest in Ridley in basketball.
"I knew this was going to happen this year," said Ridley. "I knew it was only a matter of time. I think he'll have a choice of what he really wants to do. Basketball is his first love. He's 6-5 and can dunk like Tracy McGready (Orlando Magic all-star). He plays defense. He has the grades. He's just a good kid character-wise."
Besides dunking, Ridley also nailed two three-pointers. Others picking up the slack against Milford were Patrick Belle with a season-high 21 points and point guard Jackie Taylor with 11 points.
With players stepping up their games in Elzey's absence, Joseph feels good about the season ahead and a possible return trip to the state tournament.
"When we get Trey back healthy, it will make us that much better," said Joseph. "I feel good about things because other guys have been getting a chance to step up and they have."
Laurel 77, Woodbridge 48
The Bulldogs rolled to their second consecutive Henlopen Conference Southern Division victory to start the season.
Overpowering Woodbridge, Laurel jumped out to a 16-7 first quarter lead and padded it in the second quarter to lead 37-17 at halftime.
Anton Ridley led the Bulldogs in scoring for the second straight game with 21 points. Guard Jackie Taylor added 15 more as Laurel rose to 2-0 in the conference and overall.
Troy Elzey and Donte Penn contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, while Patrick Belle added 8 points.
Laurel 71, Indian River 43
The Bulldogs wasted no time establishing their dominance in the Henlopen Conference Southern Division with the easy seaason-opening victory.
With Anton Ridley exploding for a game-high 25 points, the Bulldogs took off after the first quarter as they bolted from a 19-17 lead after one quarter to a 42-24 halftime advantage by outscoring Indian River 23-7 in the second period.
Troy Elzey and Trey Elzey scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs, who finished the Indians off with a 19-5 advantage in the third quarter.
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