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112 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, February 8 - Monday, February 11, 2008 Cape boys fall flat in 50-31 hoop loss to Polytech By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Any fan watching the home stretch of high school, basketball in February is not a novice spectator. Fans react and have opin- ions often communicated without words in facial expressions. Last Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Cape a half- empty gym spread out in "my space" terri- toriality had that school daze look on their collective faces. It was visiting Polytech, a big and athletic team "in the house," a team with talent and a 1-7 record in the Henlopen North, their lone victory coming against Cape. Cape warmed up without high scorer Tracy Jones and rock-steady Michael Downing in uniform. Fans asked each other "Where's Tracy? .... Where's No. 20?" The answer was one.word - flu. Polytech went into a 2-3 zone on the defensive end to start the game and jumped to an 8-4 lead as Cape threw the ball around the perimeter hoping to draw them out. The crowd, all coaches for the price of a ticket, looked around and the common question was, "What are they doing?' The answer was nobody was doing much of nothing as Cape hit the halftime locker room trailing 14-12. "We were without our two top players and only trailed by two at halftime so I was all right with that," said Cape head coach Dwight Tingle, whose team dropped to 9-9 on the season. "We knew they wanted to come out and run it on us so we'd thought we'd slow them down in the beginning." The third quarter saw Cape mired between slow and stop as the Vikings scored only a single basket, while Polytech, smelling blood in the water, ran off 18 to lead 32-14 then coasted home for a 50-31 victory. Most of the fans were home a quar- ter before that. Cape was paced by Dominique Thomas with 10 points. The Panthers were led by Anthony Myles with 17 and Ken Robert with 11 points. The boys are at Milford on Friday, Feb. 8, - Dan Cook photos followed by a game at Sussex Tech on Cape's Trent Batson grabs an offensive rebound in the Isaiah Brisco goes up for the layup past Polytech de- Tuesday, Feb. 12. Vikings' 50-31 loss to Polytech Tuesday, Feb. 5. fender Chris Sudler. ' Haxton for Hockey checks presented At left, Danielle Renken, left, Delaware Shore's event chairperson, presents Kit Haxton a check from the Haxton for Hockey Benefit indoor field hockey tourna- ment held on Jan. 13. The check is to assist the Haxton family with expenses while Amanda Haxton recovers from an auto accident in the fall of 2006. Amanda is cur- rently at Temple University Hospital recovering from a recent operation on h6r arms. At right, Renken pres- ents Ford Waggoner III, director of marketing for Easter Seals'Delaware, with a check for the general fund of Easter Seals. This is the second year that the Delaware Shore Field Hockey organization has sponsored this event, and plans are in the works for a third benefit Dec. 21. More details can be found at the website delawareshore Submitted photos