Sometimes, the mark of a solid team is how they respond during adversity. It’s always easy going with things are going well and wins are coming in bunches. Though, how does one react when things don’t go so well?
The Sussex Tech Ravens boys basketball squad entered play Saturday afternoon having responded to their loss last weekend to Salesianum – breaking a streak of eight wins in nine games – with a solid 75-61 win over Indian River.
On Saturday, the Ravens braved the weather and traveled north to take an A.I. duPont, while struggling, were coming off a 26-point win over Brandywine.
If the Ravens had any rust from the long bus ride, it certainly didn’t show early. Tech exploded for 21 first quarter points, and another 27 in the second quarter to take 48-28 lead into the break.
While still averaging in the 20s in both the third and fourth quarters, the Tigers made a second-half rally ignited by a strong full-court press. The Tigers scored a combined 54 points in the second half after just 28 in the first, led by four players finishing in double-figures including Freddie Heard who hit pay-dirt from behind the arc five-times Saturday helping him finish with 22, while junior guard Raekwon Wilson added 21 of his own for the Tigers.
While the Tigers’ run put things in doubt late in the game, the Ravens were able to match A.I. down the stretch to hold on for the eight-point victory, 90-82.
If the A.I. offense was electric Saturday afternoon, the Ravens’ was thunder and lightning as five Tech players finished in double-figures. Kevin Larkin led the way for the Ravens scoring a game-high 33 points and adding 12 boards, while Shi’wuan Sykes, Jamont Matthews, Duane Hopkins, and Rae’Kwan DeShields also finished with ten or more points Saturday.
The win for the Ravens helps them keep pace in the Henlopen North as they’ve pulled away slightly from the rest of the division along with the first place Caesar Rodney Riders who stand at 10-2, while the Ravens set one game behind in the loss column at 10-3.