The Dover Senators entered this year’s campaign knowing they would have a tough road ahead if they hoped to return to the state tournament. Some of the obstacles that lay in front of Dover was the loss of key players from last season and a very difficult schedule.
These are things Dover knew going into the season, which means they had time to prepare. At this point, it looks as if some of that preparation has paid off.
The Senators defeated William Penn on Saturday afternoon 63-45 to improve their record to 5-5 on the season. While that might not be the most impressive record at first glance, it’s extremely impressive when you take into account that Dover started the season 1-4.
On Saturday, they faced off against a scrappy William Penn team who hung tough with the Senators through the first half. The first stanza ended in a deadlock, 10-10. The Senators headed into the half with a one basket advantage, winning 25-23 at the break.
It took a little while for Dover to get into a rhythm, and playing at home William Penn was comfortable and playing an aggressive drive-to-the-basket style offense in the first half. Meanwhile, Dover was able to keep the lead with some timely shooting and strong play under the offensive boards.
The second half began like the first half had ended, as both teams exchanging scores throughout the third quarter. At the end of three, Dover had increased their lead to 4 points, leading 41-37 entering the fourth and final quarter.
In the final stanza the Senators would pull away, outscoring William Penn 22-8 to come away with the 63-45 win.
“We just have to keep pushing and keep going,” said Dover Point Guard Lewis Todd. “We’re still a young team, we have to learn to clean up our mistakes a little but we’re trying to make some noise.”
While this win won’t blow many away with how the Senators performed, it is certainly a character win. Being able to hang around and keep a hungry team at arms-length while be able to deliver a knockout blow during the games most important time.
The win for Dover was their third in a row and their fourth in their last five games. The Senators jump right back into their conference schedule on Thursday when they take on Sussex Tech at home, tip-off scheduled for 7:15.