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Cape boys' basketball shakes loose from Laurel 75-62 for victory validation

By Dave Frederick | Mar 01, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape forward Tony Hazzard puts up a shot in the 75-62 win over the Bulldogs.

Cape’s three-day-old Henlopen Conference champion boys' basketball team drew the gnarly Bulldogs of Laurel for a home game in the opening round of the DIAA basketball tourney Feb. 28. The time was right for a community pep rally, a celebration time, c’mon! All that was needed was a win.

The game was tied at the half at 29. Laurel guards Deonta Nocks and Leon West were getting to the basket.

Cape’s starting point guard Toney Floyd didn’t dress because of an ankle injury. Three JV players - Kai Vitella, Jordan Howell and Ryan Thornburg - saw first-half action. Howell tipped in a basket and Thornburg banged home a three-pointer. Andrew Grau had foul trouble, so did Gekwan Pritchett. Tyreik Burton was facing a box-and-one again. The crew of three officials combined to call an abundance of heavy-breathing touch fouls along with a bunch of walking and palming violations. The game at halftime had come to rest at the basketball village of “Weirdville.”

“The Henlopen Conference Championship needed to be validated in front of our fans with a win here tonight,” Cape’s coach Steve Re said after the game.

The stamp of validation came in the third quarter when Cape ran a 25-13 number at Laurel, opening up a window of breathing room, and the Vikings ran that home for a 75-62 victory.

Cape played at Salesianum on Sallies' home court March 2.

Cape eliminated Sallies from the state tournament at the Little Big House in March 2009, 57-49, behind 31 second-half points by Marcus Gooch.

Re responded to the general fan observation that Cape often plays down to the competition.

“Make no mistake, Laurel is a good basketball team that can stay in a game against anyone," he said. "We lacked defensive concentration in the first half and didn’t execute the game plan. The JV kids were huge for us, bought us time and contributed."

Cape was paced by Tyreik Burton 22, Jon Warren 20 ,T.T. Hazzard 13 and E.J. Fountain 8 off the bench.

Laurel was led by Deonta Nocks 20 and Leon West 11.

 

 

Cape sophomore Kai Vitella battles for a loose ball with Laurel's Bryan Mills. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Jon Jon Warren glides to the hoop for two. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Tyreik Burton hits a three. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior guard Gekwan Pritchett fakes a Laurel defender in the air then cuts to the paint. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Andrew Grau calls for the rock. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Tyreik Burton dribbles through a Laurel crowd. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Solomon Cox looks to get the ball inside to Andrew Grau. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Ryan Thornburg plays tough defense on a Laurel guard. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Gekwan Pritchett glides to the hoop for two. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings guard E.J. Fountain lays one in past a Laurel defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings guard E.J. Fountain takes a jumper. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Forward Tony Hazzard blocks a Laurel shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jon Jon Warren hits two foul shots in the last minutes of the Vikings' win. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach Steve Re gets his team ready for the fourth quarter. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings forward David Kwan puts up a shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings forward Andrew Grau hits a put back. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Tony Hazzard looks to hit a breaking Tyreik Burton. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Gekwan Pritchett drives past a Laurel defender. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
E.J. Fountain hits a lay in. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton passes down to Gekwan Pritchett. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior forward Tony Hazzard hits a put back. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach Steve Re calls out a defensive set. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Tyreik Burton hits a jumper with a Laurel defender in his face. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's E.J. Fountain, right, congratulates Jon Jon Warren after the victory over the Bulldogs.. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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