With the high school basketball season approaching the half-way mark, the importance of divisional matchups becomes magnified. On Thursday night, Sussex Tech took over first-place in the Henlopen North division handing Caesar Rodney just their second defeat of the season, 61-55.
The Ravens, who now boast a 5-1 record against the Henlopen North, improved to 8-2 and now have the tie-breaker over the Riders. Meanwhile, the Riders rival Dover downed Cape Henlopen leaving Tech at the top of the division by their lonesome.
Sussex Tech came out ready to play, running the floor well while pressuring the Rider offense with a full court press making sure nothing came easy for CR who came in averaging 62 PPG. The Ravens' aggressive defense forced some early misses for the Riders, which Tech was able to take advantage of on the offensive end of the floor.
While Sussex Tech made an effort to penetrate the CR defense and drive to the basket, the Riders were forced to take more outside shots then they would have liked. Senior Robert Larkin dominated the first half; scoring 11 while bringing down eight rebounds helping the Ravens take a 13-point lead into the break.
The well-rounded Riders would fight back in the second-half cutting the Sussex Tech lead five, but that was as close as they would get.
Larkin led all scorers with 22 points, grabbing 12 rebounds in the Sussex Tech win.
The Riders will return to the hardwood looking to rebound, hosting Sussex Central (1-7) in game that's already been rescheduled twice.
Sussex Tech has a quick turnaround looking for their fifth win in a row Saturday when they host a tough Salesianum (8-1) squad whom they fell to by just three points in a meeting last year; tip-off scheduled for 4:00 p.m.