Two Henlopen powerhouse’s, the Dover Senators and Polytech Panthers will meet on the hardwood this Friday night. Though, neither team is coming into the game happy about how their season has started out.
For the Panthers, their first season in the Henlopen North has not treated them kindly, going 0-3 within the division so far this season. Polytech, a year removed from playing for the Henlopen crown and once again making a run in the state tournament, are a dreadful 0-6 out of the gates. Most recently, the Panthers dropped two straight games at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwood Convention Center in New Jersey last weekend.
Things have not started out much better for the Senators this season, who are off to an 1-5 start after making the state tournament last season as well. Dover started the season 0-3 before defeating Sussex Central by a point to earn their first victory. Over the holiday break, Dover dropped two more games to T. Roosevelt HS and Potomac HS in the Charm City Classic in Baltimore, Maryland.
For Polytech, offense has not been the problem as they’ve had a well-rounded attack led by Devaughn Mallory, Richard Hicks, John Williams, and Juwan Gray. The problem for the Panthers this season has been defensive lapses, whether they’ve occurred early or late in games. In each of Polytech’s six loses, the Panthers have yielded high-scoring quarters in either the first or fourth stanzas.
Though, perhaps the silver-lining for Polytech can be found in their performance at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic. While they dropped both contests, the Panther fell by just four in their opener and by just three points in their final game.
Much like Polytech, the Senators have been hounded by bad quarters in each of their five loses this season. While the offense has come around, the Senators have had trouble keeping opposing offenses in check having given up 20 or more points in a quarter seven times this season.
On Friday night, something has to give. While there may be no such thing as a must-win game just eight games into the season, the game doesn’t get much bigger for Polytech and Dover as both try to start their turnaround now.