The Caesar Rodney Riders boys basketball team defeated Lake Forest on Thursday night in comeback fashion. The Riders rallied back from a 13-point halftime deficit to shock the Spartans.


CR’s Colin Moore led the way with 24 points, including all four of the Riders three-pointers.


The Caesar Rodney Riders boys basketball team defeated Lake Forest on Thursday night in comeback fashion. The Riders rallied back from a 13-point halftime deficit to shock the Spartans.

CR’s Colin Moore led the way with 24 points, including all four of the Riders three-pointers.

The Riders struggled on both ends of the floor in the first half. CR’s first half total, 28 points, equaled the amount they allowed in the first quarter alone to Lake Forest. Trailing the Spartans by only seven points heading into the second quarter, Lake Forest’s defense gave up only seven second quarter points to the Riders to take a 41-28 lead into the half.

The third quarter saw mostly even play, with Caesar Rodney knocking only three points off of the Lake Forest lead heading into the final stanza.

In the fourth quarter the Riders defense would swing the momentum. Caesar Rodney’s defense was tremendously active, whether it be by full-court press or help defense in the half-court. The Riders frantic defense began to force turnovers on the Lake Forest side, the majority of which led to some easy fast-break points for CR.

As the games momentum continued to swing towards Caesar Rodney, Lake Forest began to lean more heavily on senior guard Davonte’ Hodge. Though Hodge led all scorers with 30 points,  he and Lake Forest were unable to stop the bleeding, eventually losing their lead to the Riders late in the fourth quarter.

Riders Head Coach Donell Thomas as seen how high a level his team can play at all year during practice.

“What I really saw is how we work in practice,” said Thomas. “As a coach we hope it manifests itself on the court, I saw what we saw in practice and that was great to see.”

For Thomas and the Riders playing a winning brand of basketball is built on consistency, something the Riders haven’t shown at times this season.

“I told the guys the last game we had we just have to act like we’ve been there before,” said Thomas. “Now we need to continue to get better in practice because as you can see we need some work.”

After breaking a six-game losing streak with a two-point win over Sussex Central on Tuesday and the victory over Lake Forest Thursday the Riders hope things are starting to turn around. However, Coach Thomas is taking everything in stride, understanding the highs and lows of a basketball season.

“(My team) takes me on roller coaster ride,” said Thomas. “I always tell them when we’re going up it feels good but that feeling you get when you’re going down is what I don’t like right now. I believe we’re on the up, our goal as coaches is to keep pushing in practice and keep trying to see that team that practices so well play that way during the game. “