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Cape Gazette Vikings handle tournament pressure to win road game By Dave Frederick tournament, advanced to the round of 16 with the win over No. 11 seed William Penn and next Good Gekwan shows up on plays at St. Georges Tech, the No. game night and it's like having 6 seed, at 7 p.m., Friday, March 2. Allen Iverson in the lineup. St. Georges received a bye in the Cape's lightning-fast lefty Gek- first round after finishing the wan Pritchett was poised for the regular season 15-5. pressure of state tournament ,I like playoff games. You just play at William Penn Feb. 29 and take your time and play with responded with 23 points and six heart, that's all you gotta do," rebounds, both career highs, and Pritchett said after the game. "I led Cape to a 54-47 win over the felt real confident. I'm just out Colonials of William Penn. there supporting my team, that's Cape, seeded No. 22 in the whv I felt so good." Cape guard Tyreik Burton drives past William Penn's Khaliq Gatson. William Penn can bring the heat - it's what they are all about, turning over the other team. The Colonials vacillated between a zone trapping defense and a crazy, chasing man-to-man full court press, often running three fast people at the man with the basketball. "I love when teams play us man to man," Vikings coach Steve Re said after the game. "We don't shoot well but we are quick, and our three guards - L.T. [Hazzard], Tyreik [Burton] and Gekwan - can handle the basket- ball." Cape led the game at halftime 23-20, than cranked up its own defense in the third quarter, outscoring William Penn 14-3 to take a 37-23 lead into the final pe- riod. "Shooting percentages go down in the playoffs," Re said. "We shot poorly but rebounded well. We played physical like we know we can, and in the second half offensively we were much better, quite unselfish and played good team defense." Tyreik Burton showed no ill effects of a twisted ankle suffered earlier in the week and con- tributed 16 points to the win. Notes: Cape battled off the glass the entire game for 22 total rebounds, getting solid effort from Andrew Grau, Sam McMil- lon, L.T. Hazzard and ]on War- ren. Guards Pritchett and L.T. Hazzard combined for 10 re- bounds. Both teams combined to turn the ball over 43 times. CAPE SENIOR GUARD Troy Hazzard victory over William Penn. glides to the bucket DAN COOK PHOTOS in the Vikings' 54-47 O ape Crusaders - Back in 1992 on the far side of a gender equity au- dit of Cape by the Of- rice of Civil Rights in Philadel- phia, Pa. I became intrigued with so few Afro American women showing up in the sports pro- grams of Cape. The Office of , Civil Rights had no interest in the racial component because after all, that would make sense. A total of only 12 women who would identify themselves as Afro American participated in sports Over the school year. I called an open meeting in my classroom and about 30 girls showed up. I opened by saying, "It's always a white person telling people of color 'There'S nothing racial going on here.' I just want to know - what do you think?" My Grandmon Rose al- ways said, "Perception is its own reality. What people think it is and what it actually is carries equal weight,' The girls felt that for many sports at Cape, it was a rigged game already in the fourth quarter by the time the}' got to high school. In 2012 here's what I know, my own reality: The Cape Crusaders basketball program is servicing a more di- verse population o-f student ath- letes than any other develop- mental/travel program out there, and the program itself needs the Cape Henlopen School District's proactive help to defray expens- es, from gym rentals to custodial fees. The Cape Crusaders are in- corporating and articulating af- ter-school study programs and teaching life lessons to kids, val- ues they need to buy into in or- der to be successful students. The Cape Crusaders are a uniquely successful and diverse developmental program. Let's embrace it; it's a great story. Snippets- Jake Truitt of Lewes was named tournament MVP on Presidents Day weekend while playing ice hockey for the Continued on page 91 BRANDON LEWIS recently worked Forge Military Academy in the fall. out at a Nike camp. He SUBMITTED PHOTO will attend Valley