Dover senior Tyler Myers led all scorers with 13 in the Senators 57-43 victory over Caesar Rodney on Friday night.
After a tight first quarter, the Senators took a 25-18 lead into the break.
In the first half, the energy of this great rivalry was undeniable. This led to some sloppy play on the court as all 10 players on the floor were going at it, full force. Both teams moved the ball well, and neither was afraid to run the floor.
The Riders offense would catch fire in the third quarter, though they still couldn't stop the Senators on the other end.
Dover took a 41-32 lead heading into the final quarter.
Alex Kemp and Victor Cook of Caesar Rodney did their best to keep the Riders in the game, but Keith Rollerson and the Senator offense was just too much.
The win for Dover is their first of the season after falling in their first two contests by a combined 6 points to Polytech and Sussex Tech.
"It feels good, we just got to keep working," said senior point guard Lewis Todd. "Just because we beat our rival - we have to keep pushing, it's not over"
Even at 1-2 the Senators have played well considering all the new parts they have this season.
"We have to keep gelling, this is really a brand new team," said Todd. "We have different pieces - different places - new faces - new names, we're just trying to make some noise and hopefully go somewhere."
While the game wasn't their prettiest, the Senators were still happy to escape a meeting with their rivals with a W.
"Everybody makes mistakes (out there)," said Todd. "We just have to learn from them. Every mistake we make we have to get two stops, turn up the intensity, if that doesn't work we have to turn it up more on them."
The loss drops CR to 0-2 with a date with the defending Henlopen Conference Champions, Polytech, on Tuesday.
Up next for Dover, the Senators will travel north to take on the Glasgow Dragons on Tuesday night.