Cape Gazette

Cape basketball gets A for effort but loses to CR 62-54

Vikings drop to 7-7 with six games left in season
By Dave Frederick | Feb 03, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior guard Toney Floyd drives in for a layup during the 62-54 loss to Caesar Rodney.

The effort was there, but the result was not. The Cape boys' basketball team coming off a “live dud” performance and loss at Sussex Central played amped and inspired over four quarters against visiting Caesar Rodney Jan. 31, but a two-point game drifted away to a 62-54 loss.

“They are as good as we are, so it’s not a matter of losing to a team we are better than, and obviously they are well coached [by Freeman Williams]. I think it’s mental toughness at crunch time, and we’ve lost at least four games because we didn’t have it," said coach Steve Re.

Meanwhile, the Riders (13-2) have been surviving near losses for a month, having beaten Sussex Central 61-56 and 43-42, Polytech 59-58 and Cape twice, once in overtime.

The Riders are one game behind Sussex Tech and play at the Ravens' gym Thursday, Feb. 6.  Get there early to assure getting in the door.

Cape trailed the Riders 29-23 at halftime and just never caught up. The Vikings had a chance after Ryan Thornburg hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 52-50.

“I played at Newark then coached against Cape at the Little Big House, but this is my first time in this gym," Williams said. ”The thing you know is that players and fans are bringing their game. This has always been a great place to play and a tough place to win.”

Cape was led in scoring by seniors Jon Warren with 16, Toney Floyd 13 and Tyreik Burton 11.

The Riders' scoring leaders were Collin Moore with 15 and James Palmer 13.

The Vikings have six games remaining in the regular season, all winnable and losable, beginning with Seaford at home Tuesday, Feb. 4, followed by a home game versus Dover Thursday, Feb. 6.

Cape senior guard Tyreik Burton is presented with the game ball from the Sussex Central game in which he reached the 1,000-point mark in his varsity career. Shown are (l-r) coach Steve Re, Lisa Maker, Tyreik Burton and Britney Harris. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's David Kwan goes in for the deuce over Caesar Rodney's Kasreeyl Perry. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior Kai Vitella hits for three. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Ryan Thornburg drives around a Riders defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach Steve Re calls out a play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior forward Jon Jon Warren drives baseline on Caesar Rodney's Mahda Brewah. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton looks inside to David Kwan. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Kyle Orton plays tough defense on Collin Moore. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior forward Jon Jon Warren leans in for two on Caesar Rodney's Kasreel Perry. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Ryan Thornburg hits for three. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
David Kwan battles under the boards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton hits a three. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Ryan Thornburg is fouled by Caesar Rodney's James Palmer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton dishes off an assist. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Toney Floyd hits a free throw. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach Steve Re gets his point across to his players. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Toney Floyd hits a layup under the boards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
David Kwan hits a foul shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape Gazette sports editor Dave "Fredman" Frederick receives an award for the promotion of local sports from former Cape Superintendent David Robinson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
CR coach Freeman Williams senses victory is close. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Kasreeyl Perry swats away a shot by Tyreik Burton. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
James Palmer floats past would-be charge to score. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape students are excited for a comeback as the Vikings pull within two at 52-50. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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