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cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS TUESDAY, MARCH 10- mURSDAY. MARCH 12. 2009 a Vikings boys team crashes at Smyrna, 69-53 Eagles advance as Vikings end season 18-6 By Dave Frederick fredman@capegazette.com The comeback mountain was just too steep to climb Saturday, March 7, at Smyrna High School as Cape Henlopen ran out of rab- bits, losing to the Eagles 69-53 in the second round of the boys state basketball tournament. The Vildngs end the season at 18-6. The Eagles move on to play Caesar Rodney in the quarterfi- nals at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at CR. Cape was coming off come- backs - against Caesar Rodney, down by 17 midway through the third quarter, then Salesianum, down 11 entering the fourth quar- ter - but a 47-27 third-quarter deficit to Mike Starkey's Eagles was too much to overcome. "I'm aware Cape is explosive so you can't get conservative with the lead against them," coach Mike Starkey said. "We had three possessio n in a row when up 18 when we didn't get a shot off. We went to some conti- nuity stuff to run some clock and get a little balance:' Paul Reynolds, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound guard trapped in a big DAN COOK PHOTOS CAPE FORWARD TRENT BATSON grabs a rebound from the reach of Smyrna's Paul Reynolds. man's body, tilted the balance sheet against the V'tkings, scor- ing 31 points, grabbing 14 re- bounds and almost singlehand- edly breaking the Cape press. He worked in a first-half visit to the hospital to have a shoulder xo rayed and again went to the lock- er room for medical attention late in the second half. "Reynolds is the man," said point guard Chris Oscar. "We have a chance in this tournament as long as he's on the court." Cape fell behind Smyrna 17-9 at the end of the first quarter and never looked in sync. Trailing 47- 27 early in the third quarter, the Vikings slowly saw the season slip away, losing 69-53. . Reynolds scored 31, and fresh- man Andre Gibbs had 16 while Chris Oscar scored 12. Cape was paced by Marcus Gooch with 12, Jordan Alien with 11 and Andrew Merlo, 9. Cape guard Jaron Dukes hits a jumper. Delmarva Continued from page 32 ment in the first place as it outscored Polytech 17-14. Adam Troyer's 3-pointer and point guard Mark Engle's hustle at both ends of the court ignited Delmarva Christian. "We talked some things out about attacking more," Engle said. "But ultimately they wore us down on the offensive boards." In the fourth period, Polytech regained its composure and outscored the Royals 16-11. Deimarva Christian ends the season with a 22-4 record. "I'm very pleased with the season. I couldn't be more proud," Engle said. "This loss does not spoil the great season these boys had." For Delmarva Christian, iun- ior Derrick Elzey led the team with 15 points followed by junior LaP0inte with 10, junior Engle with 7 and senior Justin Hawkes with 6 points. R0H MACARTHUR/'HOT05 THE ROYALS' DERRICK ELZEY goes over Polytech's Chris Lott for a basket. EIzey led Delmarva Christian with 15 points in the state tournament second-round loss. Hook Continued from page 32 PAT KELLY -Former Indian Riv- er head boys basketball coach Pat Kelly took his 31-0 Spring- stead basketball team into the Florida 4A State finals where his "Hoosiers" story came to an end. Springstead had beaten tourna- ment favorite Pensacola in the semifinals. Springsteadlost to Cocoa Beach in the final game after leading by 13 in the second half. The Eagles of Springstead, who were trying to become the f'mst North Suncoast program to win a state basketball title (boys or girls) since 1964, finished 31-1. SNIPPETS - Cape's lacrosse girls took to the turf field at Leg- ends Stadium Wednesday, March 4, but not before shovel- ing some snow, which.seemed a distant memory after a weekend of near 80-degree weather. The DIBCA Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2009 is: Nate Cloud, player, veteran category;, Dexter Boney, player;, Delino DeShields, player;, Sue Manelski Kampert, player;, Terence Stansimry, player, Lou Bender, coach; and AI CartgM, friend of basketbalL The induction ceremonies will be held at a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware. Go on now, git! Sports foundation sets. travel bali schedule The Sussex County Sports Foundation has announced its 2009 Travel Baseball schedule. Tournaments will be held Saturdays and Sundays in Laurel for age groups 9U to 18U. The foundation still has plenty of room in all tournaments. The dates are March Mania, March 28-29; Backyard Brawl, May 2-3; Quest for the Best, May 30-31; SCSF une Baseball, ]une 6-7; Summer Sizzler, June 27-28; and Auras t Heat IIt, Aug. 1-2. All o(e fournamenfs can [3e acceaged af e&.0rg 0r dl'6ltl- datiorhcom; for more information contact Dale Webb at 302-841-520 or 644-7777. 1