Cape Gazette

Cape plays with heart of a champion, beats Polytech 66-65 in OT

Boys are Henlopen Conference champions
By Dave Frederick | Feb 24, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape junior Andrew Grau came up big, snagging important rebounds in both ends of the court during the conference championship.

The buzzer to end overtime sounded, and the scoreboard at Smyrna High read Home 66 - Visitors 65. The Cape Vikings exhaled and commenced a freestyling celebration of jubilation, having defeated favored Polytech for the Henlopen Conference championship of boys' basketball.

“We came into this game with total confidence that we could win it,” coach Steve Re said afterward from outside his locker room. “I told them, ’You are so athletic and talented. If you bring the energy over an entire game through the highs and lows, you can beat anyone. You played tonight with the heart of a champion.”

Elks Hoop Shoot champion Tyreik Burton, who had 20 points in the game, was on the free-throw line with two shots and Cape leading 55-53 with 25 seconds remaining. “Pop” made the first, missed the second. That set up a game-tying three-pointer by Polytech's Richard Hicks that hit nothing but net and sent the game into overtime.

“I coached Hicks at Milford in summer league, and that’s the first three-pointer I’ve seen him hit in three years,” Cape’s assistant Greg Smock said with a smile after the game.

Burton laughed at the mention of his Elks Hoop Shoot skill from elementary school days.

“It ended up adding more drama to the victory,” Burton said.

Cape got to overtime, then quickly fell behind by four and later three points but kept scratching and clawing as Andrew Grau went beast man on the boards and scored two crucial buckets, and Tyreik Burton added a steal and score.

Cape led 66-63 with 14 seconds remaining. Polytech had possession and time to set up another game-tying three-pointer, but Antonio DePina, apparently nervous that nothing was happening, took an inbound pass, drove to the basket and scored, cutting the lead to one with four seconds left. But the clock keeps running in high school games, and it ran out and straight into Cape’s conference championship celebration.

Tyreik Burton led Cape with 20 points, followed by Toney Floyd with 13.

E.J. Fountain came off the bench to score 8 points and grab 6 rebounds. Grau had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Devaughn Mallory scored 20 for the Panthers while Antonio DePina added 18.

Cape will host Laurel in the opening round of the DIAA Thursday, Feb. 28. The winner moves on to play at Salesianum Saturday, March 2.


Cape guard E.J. Fountain breaks away from the crowd along the sideline. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward David Kwan battles for an offensive rebound. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Tyreik Burton hits an important foul shot in the first half. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Tony Hazzard takes a jumper. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Toney Floyd glides to the hoop. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Jon Jon Warren battles to get free from a Panthers trap. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton drives the baseline. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Gekwan Pritchett lines up to take a foul shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Toney Floyd hits a deuce. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape guard Toney Floyd avoids a pileup in the midcourt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior guard Gekwan Pritchett controls the offense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior guard Toney Floyd drives to the paint. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Andrew Grau gets tangled with a Panthers forward during a defensive rebound. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Toney Floyd attempts a finger roll. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
E.J. Fountain splits two Panthers and gets in position to snag a loose ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior guard Tyreik Burton hits two free throws in the last minute for the Vikings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape forward Jon Jon Warren brings the ball up court. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Players on the bench are getting excited during the last minute of play. Shown are (l-r) David Kwan, Kai Vitella, Austin Brooks and Ryan Thornburg. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
E.J. Fountain, right, gets a congratulatory hug from Andrew Grau as time runs out on the Panthers. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jordan Duffie lifts an elated Tony Hazzard as Jordan Howell looks on. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Members of the Cape boys' basketball team celebrate their win of the Henlopen Conference Championship. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Andrew Grau pulled down 8 rebounds in the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
The horn sounds and Cape burst into freestyle celebration. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Players were on the floor for every loose ball. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Andrew Grau rips down a rebound. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Jon Warren posts his man down low. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tyreik Burton went to the basket often, scoring 20 points. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Coach Greg Smock and Toney Floyd are happy with the championship trophy. (Photo by: Dave Frderick )
Toney Floyd wasn't bashful, getting his shot and scoring 13 points in the victory. It must be the shoes!
T.T. Hazzard slashes to the basket. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Tyreik Burton fires and falls back. The ball banked off the glass and went in. (Photo by: Dave Frderick )
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