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Golden Knights have Vikings&apos; number Fourth quarter c( nl)ack leads Central boys pa00;l 66-55 By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff A physical basketball game went into the fourth quarter furi- ous zone last. Thursday night be- fore Christmas and grounded Cape Henlopen like a Colorado blizzard. The Vikings had scored seven straight points to break open a game tied at 37-37 on a Dan McPike three-pointer, a Michael Pritchett dunk off a beautiful pass from Shemik Thompson and a Shemik Thompson drive to the basket to close out the third quar- ter with a 7-2 run to lead 44-39. "We just picked it up on defense and decided it was our game to win," said Curtis Chandler, the Golden Knights' ball handling guard who threw down 17 points for the game. And there was some truth to what Chandler said as Central headed to the team huddle with an intense focus like Cape had yetto see their best game which would be brought by a wave of defensive full court pressure• Central ran off 15 unanswered points to open the fourth quarter coming from five back to 10 points ahead, and when Chandler stole a pass and went down and dunked the ball the score was 60- 46, That was followed by a Carl Hinson two-handed slam com- pleting a 23-2 Central blitz as the Knights coasted home past a dazed and confused Cape Hen- lopen for the 66-55 victory. Central outscored Cape 27-11 in the final period. "I'have four rules up on the board," said Sussex Central Coach Jerome Hitchens. "They are defense, defense, never give up, be a winner." Carl Hinton had 12 points for the Golden Knights while Cory Lewis added 14. Cape Henlopen was paced by Shemik Thompson with 21 points while Trey Jones added 16. Cape will take a two game los- ing streak into the Bay Ball Clas- sic and open play at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dee. 27, against Saint Mary's of New York. Iftbe Vikings win they will face the winner of Monsignor Bonner of the Philadelphia Catholic League vs. Middletown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. The los- ers play at 10:30 a.m. Sussex Central will next play in the Salis- bury Holiday tournament. Dan Cook photo Cape point guard Shemik Thompson drives between Sus- sex Central defenders Troy Watson, left, and Alvin Johnson. Lady Vikings fall 37-36 to Central girls By Jordan Schatz Cape Gazette staff The Cape Henlopen girls bas- ketball team fell to Sussex Cen- tral 37-36 Thursday, Dec. 21, fol- lowing two decisive foul shots with eight seconds remaining in the contest. Trailing the Vikings by two points late in the game, Golden Knights forward Kelli Whale3, capitalized on a trip to the foul line by sinking both shots and ef- fectively ending any chance of a Cape comeback. With the loss the Vikings fell to 3-3 on the season. Sussex Central improved to 4-2. The final foul shots completed a solid second half for the Golden Knights in which they scored 20 points. "We played the second half harder," said Sussex Central coach Ron Dukes. "We played with a lot more heart and a lot more confidence." However, even with that confi- dence, the Cape offense almost Continued on page 31 Bay Ball (]lassic will rock the Little Big House BAY BALL-IS HERE - Twen- ty-four games over four days from Wednesday, Dec. 27 through Sat- aay, Dee. 30 at just $5 a day as t<Bay Ball Classic returns for year No. 2 at Cape's Little Big House• There are three brackets of eight teams, including the First State, Cape Ferry and National brackets. The entire tournament schedule can be easily found at the website bayballclassic.org. Cape will open tournament play at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 versus Saint Mary's of New York. Should the Vikings make it through with two victories they will face the winner of the upper bracket which includes Sanford, whom many consider the top team in Delaware. RALEIGH EGYPT A strange sounding name for a high school from the state of Ten- nessee. They are currently ranked 0FF THEH00K No. 5 in the South Region by US- ATODAY power rankings and will open tournament play at 9 p.m. Dec. 27 in the National Invi- tation bracket against Philadelphia powerhouse Simon Gratz. Anoth- er great doubleheader to Catch is the Dec. 28 National Tournament quarterfinal match-ups between Hoover from California versus Abraham Lincoln of New York at 9 p.m., followed by St. Andrew's of Rhode Island versus Campbell of California in a game that be- gins iit 10:30 p.m. If you're a creature of the night likeme you have to love that starting time. JAYDEE LUSTER. The sen- ior at Hoover High School has ac- cepted a basketball scholarship to attend New Mexico State Univer- sity beginning in the 2007-2008 :. school year. Luster, a 5-foot-9 point guard, is San Diego's all- time leader in career assists (803); career steals (514) and single sea- son steals (189). He was a crowd favorite at the Bay Ball Classic last year. In 90 career games, Luster has scored 1,765 career points and is trying to join Jason Kidd as the only high school play- ers in U.S. history with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 500 steals in a career. Luster's 514 ca- reer steals also rank [aim third in U3. •history. Luster comes into the Bay Ball Classic averaging 32.8 points, 7.8 assists and 8.3 steals per game. Last year, Luster led Hoover to a 28-6 record, the most wins in school history, and its first San Diego CIF section basketball championship in 44 years. In his career, Luster has led Hoover to a 76-29 record, two .CIF Finals appearances, two league championships, and one CIF title. Prior to Luster's arrival at Hoover, the Cardinals basket- ball team had a 3-year record of 18-59. Luster is a three-time Stu- dent Sports Magazine All-Ameri- can selection as well as three-time All-State pick. Luster has already qualified for full eligibility as a college freshman in 2007 and is currently maintaining a 3.05 GPA His coach, Ollie Goulston, is a graduate Of Dartmouth. PATHETIC PROGNOSTI- CATOR - Last weekend I picked nine NFL games incorrectly and, nodoubt, my worst selections were the Steelers over the Ravens and the Cowboys over the Eagles. I've seen all these teams in person and should know better, and I re- ally do believe that Big Ben in Pittsburgh couldn't'dislodge Joe Rineer as the starter for Lantz Custom Surfboards in the YMCA flag football league. And the Dallas drama was de- lightful. After Jeff Garcia stole the storyline on Christmas night you can expect Terrell Owens to come loose with some creative antisocial behavior to focus atten- tion back to his lame game of two catches for 23 yards. If the Ravens beat Buffalo at home they will assure a first round bye and Continued on page 31 II I I