The Dover Senators closed out a perfect regular season last week as Delaware’s sole boys basketball team to finish 20-0.
Headed into the state tournament they’re looking to continue an historic run as one of the favorites to come away with the DIAA title.
Head coach Stephen Wilson says he’d rather judge this year’s team after the tournament, but admits the 2018-2019 Senators hold a special spot.
‘Obviously right now they’re 20-0, the first team in Dover history to do that,” Wilson said. “They have to go down as one of the better teams, but there’s still more to do.”
Though Dover was the only undefeated team in the state, the No. 1 seed went to the Sanford Warriors.
“I’m very happy, I knew where we were going to be at, I knew it would be between us and Sanford,” Wilson said. “We ended up two points behind Sanford and I think it’s a good spot for us to be in, I’m kind of happy with the draw. We get a bye and we’re at home, so I’m happy about that.
“The team that got the number one seed, they’re very good too, they’re deserving. As far as the season goes, I wouldn’t care if we’re number 24, it gives us an opportunity, which is all we want, an opportunity.”
Dover will host No. 15 Christiana (12-7) on Thursday night in their opener, but the Senators have had a playoff mindset for weeks.
“We didn’t think we were playing good at one time,” Wilson said. “Two games ago, we decided we wanted to start our tournament.”
And start it they did, winning their final two games in blowout fashion. First they decimated Middletown 72-28 before capping their undefeated season with a 64-24 win over Newark.
Heading into the postseason, the Senators believe they’re prepared, with an experienced core of juniors including guards Elijah Allen and Eden Davis and forward Jyheim Spencer.
“They’re juniors but they’ve been playing a lot since they were freshmen,” Wilson said. “We’re ready, especially with the way we’ve been playing and gelling together.”