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34 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, January 8 - Thursday, January 10, 2008 CR hands Cape boys 7th hoop loss of season By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Leading scorer Tracy Jones returned to the Cape lineup on Thursday, Jan. 3, after catching an errant elbow in the chops 27 quar- ters earlier and scored 25 points which temporarily put on the brakes. But the slide continued for Cape, which saw a one-point game with three minutes remain- ing slip away for a 76-68 Rider victory. The loss was the seventh in a row for the Vikings who dropped to 2-7 on the season. You don't need to score a 5 on the DSTP to realize Cape must go 10- 4 the rest of the way to make the state tournament. "We are just fighting for the state tournament starting right now," said a frustrated Cape head coach Dwight Tingle after the game. "We are still not doing the little things, plus we are getting absolutely killed on the glass. There were times in the fourth quarter when they came down and got four shots." Tingle has made the state tour- nament in each of his first four years, reaching the quarterfinals twice apd the semifinals in 2005 with a backcourt of Brandon Leggins and Shemik Thompson. The Vikings led the Riders 37- 30 with three minutes remaining until halftime, but an 11-point run capped off by a three-point buzzer beater from point guard Bernard Carter gave Caesar Rodney a 41- 37 halftime cushion. "I don't know when the last time was we came in here and won a basketball game," said Rider coach Freeman Willian "This has always been a t@ place to play." Cape was playing an unusual rotation as guards Dominique Thomas and David Mesquita did- n't see the floor until 1:29 left in the third period. The Vikings trailed at that point 55-47. Baskets by Michael Downing and Tracy Jones got Cape back to 55- 51 entering the final period. Jordan Allen, Cape's go-to-the- basket, all-purpose guard/for- ward, sliced to the basket cutting the deficit to 63-62 with 3:39 remaining. But behind penetrat- ing point guard Bernard Carter, the Riders outscored Cape 13-5 during crunch time to win going away 76-68. "The Northern Division of the Henlopen Conference is the best league in the state," said Williams. "It is just a battle out there every night where anyone can beat anyone. It's exciting, but you better come ready to play every night." The Riders placed four players in double figures led by Tyshawn Bell with 19 points followed by Carter and Sam Sanders with 16, Sean Hardin with 12 and Duron Harmon with 9. Tracy Jones led Cape scorers with 25, followed by Allen and Michael Downing both with 12. Cape is at Dover on Tuesday, Jan. 8, then hosts Delmar Friday, Jan. 11. Lady Vikings fall to Riders 50-41 The Cape Henlopen girls bas- ketball team returned from a long layoff over Christmas vacation last Friday night and lost on the road at Caesar Rodney 50-41. Cape saw the return of injured freshman Johnesha Warren who teams with backcourt mate Rayona Benson as the pair led all Cape scorers with 12 points each. Cape hung tough against the Riders, trailing 38-35. heading into the final quarter where they were outscored 12-6 for the final score of 50-41. The girls play at home on Tuesday night, Jan. 8, hosting the Dover Senators. Dan Cook photos Above, Cape senior Tracy Jones, back after missing several games with an injury, goes up for two of his team-leading 25 points in the loss to Caesar Rodney. Below, Mychal Downing drives the baseline on a Rider defender. Hook Continued from page 32 James Dickey, who wrote the book and movie script "Deliver- ance" about that neck of the woods, was my teacher in an un- dergraduate literature class years go. Dickey, a former Clemson lineman and Korean War pilot said, "There are people out there who would just as soon kill you as look at you. In fact, they'd rather!" The best hedge against victimization is not to present yourself as the victim. This is a community of runners and walkers so take that lesson to heart, especially women - don't jog into vulnerability. Wladimir Klitschko (49-3) is currently the top-rated heavy- weight in the world. Six of the top I0 ranked heavyweights are are 16 weight classes in interna- tional boxing and Russians and Eastern Europeans are all over the place as well as a sprinkling of Japanese fighters. Don't wear an athletic team T- shirt unless you represent it, are an avid fan or are willing to lie about either. I once had a blue golf shirt - I was fit and 28 - with Giants helmet logo purchased at the old Gershwin's on Rehoboth Avenue. I was in upstate New York and had everyone convinced I was Tucker Fredrickson of the Giants - the first overall pick in the 1965 draft - a two-way player out of Auburn. That was the same draft that saw the Kansas Comet Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo go to the Bears. Sayers, now 64, has an autobiography - "I Am Third" - which reflects his philos- ophy of life: "The Lord first; my family and friends second; I am