Cape Gazette

Cape boys' basketball beats Polytech Panthers  73-59

Burton hits career-high 31 points
By Dave Frederick | Dec 19, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior Tyreik Burton goes in for two of his 31 points in the Vikings' 73-59 victory over the Panthers.

The Walmart greeter said, “See you later!”  Austin Brooks, his hand extended, is the first guy players meet when they exit the court for a little bench time. He is a popular player among his peers.

At Cape’s New Little Big House Dec. 17, Brooks saw first-half action, and the lefty buried his mid-range jumper, igniting the crowd. Brooks was on the court when the game ended, hitting his “Sweet J” to seal the deal for a 73-59 win over the Polytech Panthers. The crowd exploded.

Cape improved to 3-1 on the season and coach Steve Re admitted, ”I looked at our first four games of Sussex Tech, Smyrna, Milford and Polytech and knew coming out, our record could have been any combination adding up to four, so 3-1 is pretty good. I wish we could have gotten Milford. I hear they gave up a 20-point lead at CR and lost.”

Cape’s leading scorer Tyreik Burton, saddled with three early fouls, watched most of the first half from the bench, but the sprinter hit the track running in the second half and finished the game with a personal best 31 points, which included four 3-point goals.

Jon Jon Warren, who had a put-back slam on an offensive rebound in the first half, finished the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double.

And Solomon “Yum Yum” Cox had his best game as a Viking, scoring 11 points and pulling down five rebounds.

“We are a different team when Solomon plays like that," Re said. “He has been pressing a little too much; heck, he’s related to half the people in the gym.”

Polytech fell to 0-4 on the season. They were paced by Juwan Gray with 16 and Devaughn Mallory with 10.

Cape plays at Arundel High School Friday, Dec. 20, then at the Wicomico Civic Center in the Governor's Challenge Dec. 26 and 28.

“We play Edmonson and City College, two teams that combined for over 40 wins last year," Re said.  Merry Christmas.

Cape defensive specialist Solomon Cox turned into an offensive threat by scoring 11 points in the contest. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior forward Jon Jon Warren splits Trent Watson, left, and Juwan Gray and scores for the Vikings. Warren tallied 12 points for the Vikes. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Raekwon Dukes gave the Vikings an inspirational boost in the contest by turning in some quality minutes. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings guard Toney Floyd bangs around with the Panthers' big bodies in the middle. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape head coach Steve Re is pumped about the Vikings' play in the second half. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior guard Kyle Orton glides in for a shot in the Vikings' win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Jordan Howell goes strong to the hoop. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Ryan Thornburg drives up court. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton hits a three-pointer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Solomon Cox plays tough defense on Polytech's Christian Black. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Solomon Cox grabs an offensive rebound. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jon Jon Warren snags a rebound. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Jordan Howell battles for a loose ball with Polytech's Ricky Hicks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton scores a final field goal in a 31-point performance. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Ryan Thornburg gets off a runner in the fourth quarter. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Lefty Austin Brooks buried his mid-range J two times. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Players scramble for a loose ball. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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