On a blustery cold snowy Saturday afternoon the No. 1 St. Elizabeth’s Vikings hosted the No. 3 Dover Senators in a top 5 boys basketball matchup that was just that.
After a lot of games were canceled on Friday due to the largest snowfall we have seen in a couple years the two schools made a time change and found a way to get this game in.
The Vikings came out early to take a 11-9 lead early in the game. However after that lead they found themselves either trailing or tied with the Senators for most of the four quarters of the game.
Dover’s aggressive offense led by Senior Dorell Little and tenacious defense gave the Vikings trouble the whole game.
Even though Dover controlled the lead for more than three and half quarters the Vikings still found a way to win this game while improving to 9-0 on the season.
Down by 2 points 58-56 with 2:28 to go the Vikings took their first lead on a 3 pointer from Caden Harris which were his only points of the game.
This was the first lead for St Elizabeth since early in the first quarter. After a couple possessions for both teams the Senators regained the lead with 1:27 left on the clock Dover’s Istavan Norwood hit a floater in the lane for a 60-59 lead.
Dover was able to make another stop on the Vikings next possession and got the ball back. They looked to just keep possession and run the clock out, but the Vikings’ defense of the Vikings forced Senators Coach Stephen Wilson to take a timeout.
On the inbounds play there was some confusion as the pass was right to a St E’s player. Vikings Coach Mike Cassidy called a time out with 30 seconds to go in the game so they could set up a play to try to take the lead.
Out of the timeout they got the ball to their leader Aiden Tobiason.
However, the Senators defense put the pressure on him forcing him to pass it off to Steven Nixon Jr. Nixon Jr. drove the ball to the left and floated up a shot over two Senators defenders which dropped in with 18 seconds remaining sealing the victory for the Vikings.
The Vikings were led by Tobiason and Julius Wright who both scored 17 points a piece in the game.
Nixon Jr. provided 12 points as the last two of them proved to be the game winning points. Dover’s Little led all scorers with 29 points which included his 1000th point in his high school career. Congratulations to him.
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