The Sussex Tech Ravens boys basketball squad used a 24-point fourth quarter to earn their first victory of the season on Thursday night, defeating Polytech 66-51. While claiming their first W of the season, the Ravens also sent to Panthers to 0-2.
Robert Larkin led the way for the Ravens scoring a game-high 24 points in the Tech victory. Duane Hopkins and Shi’wuan Sykes also finished in double-figures, scoring 16 and 10 respectively.
Richard Hicks was the leading scorer for Polytech with 17, while Devaughn Mallory contributed 11 in the loss.
Thursday’s contest was intense from the tip, as both teams tried to take control of the tempo early with action heading up and down the court early.
After some nice early ball movement from Polytech that resulted in a few wide-open looks, including a three-pointer, the Tech defense began to press full-court on the Panthers. The pressure immediately gave Polytech fits and led to some second-chance opportunities for the Ravens from which they were able to capitalize scoring 18 first quarter points to take a four-point lead into the second quarter.
After the wide-open first stanza, both defenses stepped up their play, and the Panthers were able to cut the Tech lead to just two at the break.
In the third, led by Hicks and Mallory the Panthers scored 15 third quarter points (their highest of the game) to overtake the Ravens 43-42 after three quarters.
However, in the fourth quarter things would change. The Ravens exploded for 24 fourth-quarter points and their defense dug in to keep the Panthers to just eight points to win going away by 15 to earn their first victory of the year.