State Tournament Semifinals
Dover 51, Sussex Central 49
For details on the Golden Knights' heart-breaking loss to Dover in the state tournament semifinals, click on the score above.
State Tournament Quarterfinals
Sussex Central 69, Hodgson 65
Photos: Tech forwards Frank Harris (top) and Larry Bailey and guard Kyle White (bottom)
The Golden Knights keep on rolling no matter who shows up in uniform.
Playing their second straight game without standout forward Andrew Weatherly, the Knights collected their sixth straight victory to reach the semifinals for the first time since 1988. The Knights reached the finals before losing to Wilmington that year.
Now 23-3 overall, the third-seeded Knights ousted No. 6 Hodgson to advance to the semifinals against Dover at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center. Hodgson concluded its season at 20-3.
Dover edged St. Mark's 42-41 in overtime in its quarterfinal contest. Central and Dover split their regular season contests, with Central beating Dover 67-57 on Jan. 2 and Dover knocking off Central 78-60 on Feb. 22.
The winner Friday night will advance to the state title game on Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m. at the Carpenter Center.
Against Hodgson, Central used four free throws by guard Kyle White in the final 2:57 to secure the victory. With the Knights leading 62-60, White controlled the ball for the Knights' stall offense and then hit the clutch free throws down the stretch.
"I'm proud of the guys," said Central head coach Tim Slade. "Tonight's key was the same as the last couple of games. We're just looking for one individual to step up on the rebounding end. We lack height and have to use technique, and so far the combination of Josh Ward, A.J. Neal and Larry Bailey is really stepping up."
The Knights also benefitted from Hodgson's poor free throw shooting. The Silver Eagles, who reached last year's state finals, made just 11 of 27 free throws in the contest.
Central took a 51-46 lead into the fourth quarter but couldn't generate any more breathing room as Hodgson continually clawed back.
The Silver Eagles cut Central's lead to 62-58 with 3:40 remaining in the game and 62-59 with 3:10 to go. Another free throw brought Hodgson to within 62-60 with 2:57 left, but White then took control for the Knights.
White finished with 11 points, while forward Frank Harris led four Knights in double figures with 18 points. Forwards Jamil Young and Larry Bailey added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Central now faces a Dover squad it is more than familiar with. The Knights had to survive a three-way shootout with Dover and Sussex Tech just to win the Henlopen North.
"Dover is a well-disciplined team," said Slade. "They play tremendous defense and have a lot of heart. I expect a hard-fought game on both ends.
"Coach (Pat) Kelly has a well-organized press and that's something we'll have to work on in practice the next two days to break it."
Slade said the Knights' 78-60 loss to Dover on Feb. 22 wasn't necessarily indicative of the kind of game that will be played Friday night.
Noting that the Knights didn't have Young that night due to a football recruiting trip, Slade said that with Young the Knights will have an inside presence that was lacking then, as well as an extra dribbler.
"Jamil is the only inside presence I have because he loves to stay in the paint," said Slade. "Everyone else likes to stay on the wing and create their own shots. Jamil, the only place he likes to be is in the paint doing the dirty work."
Whether the Knights will have Weatherly is another matter. Slade said he couldn't comment on Weatherly's situation but that his status for Friday's game is still unknown. "Everything is up in the air," Slade said.
Second Round State Tournament
Sussex Central 63, Laurel 59
Photo: Central's Larry Bailey
Unlike the Golden Knights' other two victories over Laurel this season, this one didn't go as easily.
With starting forward Andrew Weatherly not in uniform, the Knights struggled to get past a Laurel team it defeated 65-50 in the Henlopen Conference championship game and by double digits during the regular season.
The Knights now face No. 6 seed Hodgson in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. Central reached the state quarterfinals in 2001 before falling to William Penn.
On Saturday, Central didn't take its first lead over Laurel until the 3:25 mark of the third period.
The Knights wouldn't take the lead for good until forward Jamil Young scored with 3:00 left in the fourth quarter.
Larry Bailey sparked the Knights with 17 points, while Frank Roach and A.J. Neal contributed 11 points apiece.
Henlopen Championship Game
Sussex Central 65, Laurel 50
For details on the Golden Knights' Henlopen Conference championship game victory over Laurel, click on the score above.
Sussex Central 66, Sussex Tech 60
For details on the Golden Knights' victory in a tie-breaker for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division championship, click on the score above.
Sussex Central 67, Caesar Rodney 49
The Golden Knights played their fourth game in four days to earn a fifth game in five days as it will face Sussex Tech in a playoff game to determine the Henlopen Conference Northern Division champion.
Central, named the third seed in the boys' state basketball tournament, finished its regular conference season at 17-2 and in a tie for first with Tech.
The rivals will square off on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Cape Henlopen to determine the Henlopen North champion and the division's representative in the Henlopen Conference championship game against South champ Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Cape.
Central held on to a 28-21 lead at halftime but broke the game open in the third quarter as it went ahead 46-26 with two minutes to go in the period. The Knights shot only 7 of 22 from the free throw line in the fourth period and 14-for-30 for the game.
With Jamil Young playing for the first time in three games after a weekend football recruiting trip, the Knights put four players in double figures.
Kyle White led the way with 15 points, while Andrew Weatherly contributed 14 points, Frank Harris 12 points and Young 10 points.
Sussex Central 68, Milford 53
The Golden Knights got a huge win to keep their Henlopen Conference Northern Division title hopes alive.
Facing virtual elimination from the title chase with another loss, Central visits Caesar Rodney at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, for the opportunity to tie for the Northern Division championship with Sussex Tech or win it outright.
Central and Tech are both 16-2 after Tech's win over Dover on Sunday concluded Dover's conference season at 16-3.
If both Central and Tech win tonight, they will square off in a tie-breaker on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with the conference championship game againt Henlopen South winner Laurel on Wednesday, Feb. 26. If one wins and the other loses, the winner will face Laurel for the conference title on Tuesday.
If both teams lose, they will drop into a three-way tie with Dover, necessitating further tie-breaking procedures to determine the champion and North representative in the conference title game.
Against Milford, Central put five players in double figures with Frank Harris pacing the Knights with 16 points. Andrew Weatherly added 13 points, Frank Roach 12 points, and Kyle White and Josh Ward contributed 10 points apiece.
The Knights played again without forward Jamil Young, who missed his third straight game due to a weekend football recruiting trip.
Central jumped out to a 43-28 halftime lead and cruised from there.
Dover 78, Sussex Central 60
The Golden Knights lost a chance to eliminate Dover from the Henlopen Conference Northern Divison race.
Central dropped to 15-2 in the conference, while Dover rose to 16-2. Central has two games left and Dover has one game left. Sussex Tech is also in the running with a 15-2 mark.
The Knights faced Dover without starting forward Jamil Young, who missed his second straight game due to a football recruiting trip to Northeastern.
Central fell behind Dover early as it trailed 22-8 after the first quarter and 41-21 at halftime.
The Knights were led by Andrew Weatherly's 15 points. Also in double figures were Josh Ward with 12 points, Kyle White with 11 points, and Frank Harris with 10 points. Frank Roach contributed 9 points.
Sussex Central 86, Cape Henlopen 73
The Golden Knights maintained their slim lead in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with the win.
Now 15-1 in the conference and 17-2 overall, Central took a 44-31 halftime lead over Cape Henlopen and held on from there.
Without starting forward Jamil Young, who was on a weekend football recruiting trip to Northeastern, the Knights put five players in double figures.
Leading the pack were Andrew Weatherly, Josh Ward and Frank Harris with 17, 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Also in double figures were Frank Roach with 14 points and Larry Bailey with 10.
Sussex Central 83, Seaford 53
The Golden Knights built a double-digit lead at halftime and blew the game open in the fourth quarter.
Central led Seaford 37-25 at the half and then outscored the Blue Jays 22-10 in the fourth period.
Kyle White sparked the Knights with 19 points to lead four players in double figures. Frank Roach contributed 17 points, A.J. Neal added 14, and Jamil Young chipped in with 11 points.
Sussex Central 65, Polytech 44
The Golden Knights rebounded from their loss to Sussex Tech with an easy Henlopen Conference Northern Division win.
Larry Bailey sparked the Knights with 14 points, while Kyle White added 10 more.
Central is now 13-1 in the conference and 14-2 overall.
Sussex Tech 76, Sussex Central 60
The Golden Knights lost their first conference game and in the process, a chance to put a stranglehold on the Henlopen Conference Northern Division race.
The loss to a Sussex Tech team they had beaten 94-76 earlier in the season tightened up the Henlopen North race considerably.
Now 12-1 in the division and 14-2 overall, the Knights' lead Tech, at 12-2, by only a half-game. Dover, with two conference losses, is also in the thick of things. Tech is the defending Henlopen North champion, while Central won the North crown in 2001.
The Knights fell behind early, trailing 43-29 by halftime, and never recovered as they were held to their lowest point total since a 56-45 season-opening win over Salesianum.
Central was led by Jamil Young's 16 points. Larry Bailey contributed 9 points.
Sussex Central 86, Lake Forest 54
The Golden Knights continued to blister the Henlopen Conference as they remained unbeaten in the conference.
Now 12-0 in the conference, Central has outscored its conference opponents by an average of 80.0 to 60.3 points a game.
Against Lake Forest, Central was led by Frank Roach's 18 points and Andrew Weatherly's 15 points.
Central bolted out to a big early lead and led 48-24 by halftime.
Sussex Central 87, Smyrna 64
The Golden Knights continued their march through the Henlopen Conference.
In rising to 11-0, Central has completely dominated the conference, outscoring its conference opponents by an average of 79.4 to 60.9 points a game.
Only two conference opponents -- Caesar Rodney and Cape Henlopen -- have come within 10 points of the Knights.
Against Smyrna, Central put four players in double figures, with Andrew Weatherly topping the charts with 17 points. Frank Harris contributed 13 points and Frank Roach and Larry Bailey added 12 points apiece.
Harris drained 3 of the Knights' 6 three-pointers.
Sussex Central 87, Delmar 60
The Golden Knights cruised to an easy Henlopen Conference victory to rise to 10-0 in the conference and 12-1 overall.
Central went ahead of Delmar 27-12 after the first quarter and breezed from there.
Four Knights scored in double figures with Kyle White leading the way with 15 points.
Andrew Weatherly and Larry Bailey added 14 points apiece, while Jamil Young contributed 12 points.
Sussex Central 79, Laurel 64
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Sussex Central 80,
Indian River 56
Photo: Central forward Josh Ward
The Golden Knights rolled to another easy Henlopen Conference victory, this time over their district rivals.
Central, now 8-0 in the conference and 10-1 overall, jumped out to a 22-15 lead after the first quarter and a 41-26 halftime lead and never looked back.
Andrew Weatherly led three players in double figures with 10 points. Forwards Josh Ward and A.J. Neal contributed 10 points apiece
Also chipping in were Frank Roach with 8 points, Larry Bailey and Frank Harris with 7 points apiece, and Kyle White with 6 points.
The Knights, the Henlopen North leaders, host Laurel, the Henlopen South leader, in a possible preview of the Henlopen Conference championship game on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Sussex Central 77,
Photo: Central forward A.J. Neal
The Golden Knights remained unbeaten in the Henlopen Conference with the easy victory.
With guard Frank Roach and forward Frank Harris leading the way, the Knights rolled to a 31-13 lead after the first period and never looked back.
Harris and Roach scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Knights, who rose to 7-0 in the conference and 9-1 overall.
A.J. Neal added 10 more points for Central.
Sussex Central 87, Caesar Rodney 82
Photo: Central forward Jamil Young
The Golden Knights collected their second straight victory and began to put some distance between themselves and the competition in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division race.
Now 6-0 in the Henlopen North and 8-1 overall, Central has beaten all six Henlopen North foes this season.
Forward Jamil Young scored 19 points to spark the Knights, who came back from a 37-36 halftime deficit to outscore CR 20-9 in the third quarter.,p>
Central managed to hang on in the fourth quarter despite a 36-point outburst by the Riders in the final stanza.
Forward Frank Harris and swingman Andrew Weatherly added 17 points apiece for Central, while Frank Roach and Josh Ward chipped in with 11 and 8 points, respectively.
Sussex Central 67, Dover 57
The Golden Knights rebounded from their first loss of the season with a Henlopen Conference Northern Division triumph.
In rising to 5-0 in the Henlopen North and 7-1 overall, the Knights gradually pulled away from Dover.
Andrew Weatherly led the way with 19 points. Frank Harris and Frank Roach added 12 points apiece and Jamil Young contributed 9 points.
Lions Club Tournament
Sussex Central 90, Parkside (Md.) 50
The Golden Knights cruised to an easy win in the Lions Club Tournament at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Shooting 55.7 percent from the field, the Knights improved to 6-0 overall. They led 25-9 after the first quarter and 49-18 at halftime.
Senior Andrew Weatherly sparked the Knights with 24 points to lead 11 different players to get into the scoring column.
Larry Bailey and Frank Roach contributed 13 points apiece for Central, which connected on 8 three-pointers, including 3 by Bailey.
Sussex Central 69, Seaford 58
Photo: Sussex Central guard Frank Roach.
The Golden Knights remained unbeaten and in charge of the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.
In rising to 4-0 in the conference and 5-0 overall, the Knights are off to their best start since they started the 2000-2001 season with seven straight wins.
Although Seaford pulled within 7 points in the fourth quarter, the Knights were in control throughout the game, building a 35-23 halftime lead and coasting from there.
Junior guard Frank Harris sparked the victory with a game-high 19 points. He hit two three-pointers in the game's final six minutes to keep Seaford at bay.
Also in double figures were Kyle White with 13 points and Jamil Young and Frank Roach with 12 points apiece. White and Harris each knocked down a trio of three-pointers.
Sussex Central 80,
The Golden Knights continued their early season march through the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with an easy victory.
In rising to 3-0 in the Henlopen North and 4-0 overall, the Knights rolled up a 37-14 halftime lead.
Kyle White's 10 points led a balanced attack for Central, which remains unbeaten under first-year head coach Jerry Jones.
Seven more players scored six or more points for Central.
It's the second time in four games this season the Knights have scored 80 or more points.
Sussex Central 67, Cape Henlopen 59
Photo: Sussex Central guard Kyle White.
The Golden Knights remained unbeaten as they used a big fourth quarter to secure their second straight Henlopen Conference Northern Division triumph.
Central led by just one point entering the fourth quarter but outscored Cape Henlopen 24-17 in the final period to rise to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the North.
Forward Frank Harris led the way with 17 points, while forward Jamil Young added 14 points.
Guard Kyle White and forward Andrew Weatherly added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Knights shot well from outside with Harris and White canning three and two three-pointers, respectively.
Sussex Central 94, Sussex Tech 76
Photo: Central's Jamil Young (left) battles Tech's Rashwan Johnson.
The Golden Knights ran away from the defending Henlopen Conference champions before a sellout home crowd to improve to 2-0.
The Knights opened up an 18-5 first quarter lead, led 49-31 at halftime, and built a 22-point lead in the third period.
Sussex Tech rallied several times after that but could never cut the deficit below 11 points.
Central was led by forward Jamil Young and forward Andrew Weatherly with 29 and 27 points, respectively.
Rounding into basketball shape after standout seasons with the Knight football team, the duo's efforts on the boards and on the press made quick work of Tech.
With Young pounding the boards and heading the Knights' full-court press and Weatherly using his athleticism to snag rebounds, block shots and wreak havoc at the top of the Knights' 1-2-2 half-court zone, the Knights built a 53-31 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter on an alley-oop layin by Weatherly off a fast break pass from Young.
Forward Frank Harris contributed 16 points in his second straight strong showing. Guard Frank Roach added 11 points.
Sussex Central 56, Salesianum 45
Photo: Sussex Central's Frank Harris
The Golden Knights made the debut of new head coach Jerry Jones a successful one as they knocked off a state semifinalist from a year ago.
Central, led by junior forward Frank Harris' 21 points, broke open a 19-19 halftime tie with a 21-11 advantage in the third quarter to win its season-opener.
Salesianum reached the state semifinals last year.
Harris scored 17 of his points in the second half and put back a couple of missed shots during a 10-2 run that put Central up 40-30 entering the fourth quarter.
Kyle White added 14 points for the Knights, while senior guard Frank Roach added 7. Guard Jamil Young and forward Andrew Weatherly, expected to be big parts of the Knights' basketball fortunes, scored 6 and 4 points, respectively, after only four days of practice since ending the season with the Central football team.
Central forced 24 Salesianum turnovers and the Sals hit just 9 of their 23 free throws.
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