Sussex Tech’s Devon Reynolds went on a personal 8-0 run to counter a Caesar Rodney comeback in a 56-53 victory that clinched a third place finish in the Henlopen North.
The Ravens led throughout the first three quarters, until a 14-0 run by Caesar Rodney took the lead on Shaft Clark’s offensive rebound and layup with 5:56 to go. The lead would get to 49-42 with 4:45 left to go, before Reynolds went to work.
Down by six, Reynolds hit a three-pointer to cut the lead in half, and then after a CR free throw, another Reynolds triple sliced CR’s advantage to 51-50 with 2:30 to go. Reynolds then reclaimed the lead as the Ravens got out in transition, and a shot in the paint put them back ahead.
The teams traded the lead on baskets, before a layup by Dominick Conquest pushed the lead to 56-53 with :18 left.
Caesar Rodney would get two excellent looks in the final nine seconds, but both clanged off the rim, and the victory for Tech was secured.
Tech took control of the game early as Reynolds’ three, his only points until the late run, and Jaquan Burton’s attack to the basket, while parallel to the ground, gave the Ravens an 11-4 lead, that became an 18-10 last after one quarter.
They would lead by 10 at halftime, before Caesar Rodney rallied in the third quarter, opening on a 10-2 run powered by three-pointers from Najee Watson and Davione Robinson, but they could not break through until Clark’s work on the interior, but they couldn’t make the rally last.
Burton led Sussex Tech (15-4, 8-4 Henlopen North) with 14 points. They’ll wrap up their regular season on WDEL Saturday night as they travel to Salesianum at 7:30.
Shaft Clark paced the Riders (11-6, 6-5 Henlopen North) with 18 points, with Robinson adding 15. CR still has three games left to play, all at home. They’ll face Newark and A.I. duPont surrounding their Henlopen North finale against Cape Henlopen. They would deny Cape a share of the conference title with a win.