With the season winding down to a close, the state tournament playoff picture is beginning to get a bit clearer. Unfortunately for the Dover Senators, they’re currently on the outside looking in after suffering a second-straight defeat falling to Seaford 73-63 on Saturday afternoon.
Seaford jumped ahead early in the first half, while Dover did their best to keep pace trailing by just two scores heading into the break.
In the second half, a 26-point third quarter still wasn’t enough to jump ahead of Seaford as the Senators entered the final quarter still trailing.
While the Senators put forth a valiant effort in the fourth they were still unable to overtake Seaford who won going away.
A young Senators squad has struggled all season to get into a rhythm after dropping five of their first six games. Dover had won six of their last seven games including victories over Appoquinimink, Cape Henlopen, Smyrna, St. Andrew’s, along with two wins over Polytech.
However, they were unable to sustain their winning ways falling to Cape 58-53 on Thursday, February 6 before their loss to Seaford on Saturday.
“This is all on the fly learning for our team,” said Dover Head Coach Stephen Wilson. “We aren’t going to make excuses and continue to just blame our youth. “
While the Senators aren’t likely to see their hard-work pay off with a playoff berth this season, the youth on this Dover team could help them in the future. With only two seniors on the squad this season, Nick Spadafino and Shekeim Yarbray, the Senators entered the season at a decided disadvantage.
However, with players like Jordan Allen, Bryan Petit, Ja’Von Cunningham, Prince Jackosn, Adam Midgette, Roderick Brown and Daryl Coverdale the future does look bright for Dover.
The evidence of this comes from how the Senators performed in games against some of the elite in the state. While they came up short in most of these games, Dover put forth strong efforts against the likes of Caesar Rodney, Sussex Tech, Smyrna, and St. Mark’s.
It’s true there are no moral victories in sports, but the Senators do have a chance to end the season on a high-note by winning their final three games of the season. Also, the Senators have a chance to possible play spoiler when they take on Caesar Rodney on Tuesday, February 11 as the Riders contend for a conference title.
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The Senators will wrap up their season with an away game at Middletown on Saturday, February 15 before their home finale against Sussex Central on Tuesday, February 18.