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Warren shows up and throws down in 69-64 Cape win over Smyrna

Sussex Tech in the Home Dome Friday, Feb. 14
By Dave Frederick | Feb 13, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior forward Jon Jon Warren puts an exclamation mark on the Vikings' 69-64 victory over the Smyrna Eagles. Warren scored a game-high 26 points in the contest.

Jon Warren showed up and threw down Feb. 12 inside the Home Dome at Cape Henlopen, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds as Cape got away from a young Smyrna team for a 69-64 victory.

The win moves Cape to 10-8 on the season with games remaining at home Friday versus rival Sussex Tech then at Polytech at 6 p.m., Tuesday.

“We battled tonight the entire game against a very good Smyrna team," coach Steve Re said. “It’s tough out here every night. You can’t afford to fall asleep on anyone.”

There were a total of 15 threes made in the game including eight from Cape. Tyreik Burton had four of them, Ryan Thornbug with two and Kai Vitella's two account for 24 points from downtown.

The signature moment of the game came at under two minutes to play when Jon Warren drove down the lane and dunked in everyone’s face including the state police and custodians. Cape surged and seemed secure leading 63-56 but before you could say “multiple focuses," Smyrna ran five unanswered points in 30 seconds to trail 63-61 as scorekeeper J.C. Burton bellowed, “One minute left to play in this ball game!”

“We have had trouble with multiple focuses all season," Re said after the game. “The dunk was great, should have sealed the win, but then we don’t get back on defense, then they get a layup and get fouled, then another basket, and we have to wake up and refocus."

There will be no trouble with focus Friday night for either Sussex Tech or Cape as a packed house is anticipated for this neighborhood rivalry. The Ravens have lost consecutive games to Caesar Rodney and Polytech and trail Caesar Rodney by one game in a battle for the Henlopen North title. If the Riders beat Smyrna Friday night, they are Northern Division champions.

Warren was asked how to dial in the monster who showed up for Smyrna. “Coach Re got on me at halftime about taking over and going to the basket. It really got me going,” he said.

Warren with 26 and Tyreik Burton with 16 points led the Vikings.

Smyrna was paced by Latrelle Lee with 22 and Ja’Vier Worthy with 18 points.

 

Cape guard Tyreik Burton battles through a crowd of Eagles to score two of his 16 points in the win over Smyrna. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior forward David Kwan battles for a loose ball with Smyrna's Jerry Williams. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Tyreik Burton drives baseline. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jordan Howell battles to the hoop. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior guard Toney Floyd is fouled by Smyrna's Dominique Walker. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Jon Jon Warren gets major air to block a Smyrna shot. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jon Jon Warren splits two Eagles defenders to get two of his 26 points. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jon Jon Warren gets a congratulatory chest bump from teammate Kai Vitella. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton looks to pass off to Jon Jon Warren. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton streaks up court on a fast break. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape coach Steve Re emphasizes getting back on defense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jon Jon Warren controls play underneath the basket. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior guard Kai Vitella goes triple threat. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Solomon Cox battles for a shot under the hoop. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Tyreik Burton looks to set up an offensive play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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