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Governor's Challenge - Day 1 Recap


Salisbury, MD – Day One of the Governor's Challenge comes to a close with the final six games of the day in the books. Below is an update on games 7-12.

Game 7: 4:30 PM Court 1 - Westminster (MD) vs. Laurel (DE)

Final Score: Westminster – 54; Laurel - 57

High Scorers: Skylar Scheffer – 14, Westminster; Kenny Hopkins – 20, Laurel


Kenny Hopkins scored 20 points as Laurel high's boys' basketball team notched another win for Delaware in the Governor's Challenge, beating Westminster 57-54.

The game was tight the whole way and at the half Westminster led by 2. In the fourth quarter, Laurel would gain the lead back and extend it to 10 points. Westminster would fight and narrow the margin to just a point, but in the end they would lose by 3.

Senior forward Skylar Scheffer led the way for Westminster with 14 points and the Owls will play again tomorrow at 1:30pm against Woodbridge. Laurel will come back to the tournament on Saturday to play against Parkside at 9:00pm


Game 8: 5:00 PM Court 2 – JH Blake (MD) vs. Sussex Central (DE)

Final Score: JH Blake – 62; Sussex Central - 32

High Scorers: Demonte Ojinnaka – 16, JH Blake; Wanya Hanzer – 8, Sussex Central


Maryland added another win in the Governor's Challenge after JH Blake high's boys' basketball team beat Sussex Central soundly by a score of 62-32.

Blake led by just 9 after the first half, but turned it up in the second half going on multiple double-digit runs, ultimately winning by 30. Senior guard Demonte Ojinnaka led the way for JH Blake with 16 points.

JH Blake will play their second game of the tournament on Friday against another Delaware team, Dickinson, at 1:30pm. Sussex Central plays again on Saturday against Boys' Latin at 9:00pm.


Game 9: 6:00 PM Court 1 – Pocomoke (MD) vs. Ben Franklin (MD)

Final Score: Pocomoke – 40; Ben Franklin - 69

High Scorers: Robert Goodwin – 15, Ben Franklin; Quegon Whitney – 10, Pocomoke


Pocomoke high's boys' basketball team came up short against Ben Franklin, losing 69-40 at the Governor's Challenge.

The game looked to be a good matchup in the beginning as Ben Frankiln led by just 5 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ben Franklin decided to hold the ball in attempt to get Pocomoke out of their zone defense. Pocomoke wouldn't budge and Ben Franklin held the ball for 6 minutes and 47 seconds until a double-dribble was called. Pocomoke would go down and score before the buzzer sounded to tie the game up at 18-18.

Ben Franklin was done sitting around in the second quarter and jumped out to a 13-point lead. They extended that lead and won by 29 points in the end. Senior guard Robert Goodwin led all scorers with 15 points.

Ben Franklin will play their next game on Friday against Crisfield at 3:00pm. Pocomoke will take on Mervo on Saturday at 4:00pm.


Game 10: 6:30 PM Court 2 – Edmondson (MD) vs. Cape Henlopen (DE)

Final Score: Cape Henlopen - 57; Edmondson - 56

High Scorers: Kani Coles – 17, Edmondson; Tyreik Burton – 28, Cape Henlopen


In one of the more anticipated matchups of the tournament, Cape Henlopen high's boys' basketball team took down Edmondson in late game thriller, winning 57-56. Senior guard Tyriek Burton led the way for Cape with 28 points.

In the first quarter, the game appeared to have gotten out of hand when Edmondson jumped out to a 15-0 lead. After senior forward Jon Warren hit a three and got Cape on the board, Head Coach Steve Re was able to calm his team down.

"I told them that they put on their shoes the same way we do," said Coach Re. "We're all men here, they just get up a little higher and they're a little bigger."

Cape put on their shoes and went on a run of their own, a stretch where they outscored Edmondson 25-4, ending the first half ahead of Edmondson by 3.

The back and forth play continued and made for a thrilling ending. Edmondson led by one with just a minute left when Burton hit a three-pointer to put Cape ahead by one. After another exchange of scores, the game would end on the foul line where with just 1.5 seconds left and Cape Henlopen leading by 1, Edmondson's Kani Coles (17 points) missed both of his free throws, giving Cape Henlopen the win.

Cape Henlopen will have another tough game on Saturday when they face City at 4:30pm. Looking ahead to that game, Warren said, "We just have to play them like we did in the second half today."

Edmondson's next game is Friday night against Wicomico, a rematch of last season's 2A state title game in Maryland.


Game 11: 7:30 PM Court 1 – JM Bennett (MD) vs. Dunbar (MD)

Final Score: Dunbar – 58; JM Bennett - 43

High Scorers: Travis Buchanon – 20, Dunbar; Kory Holden – 24, JM Bennett


Dunbar high's boys' basketball team took a win over JM Bennett in the Governor's Challenge, winning 58-43.

The game appeared to close in the first half, Dunbar led by just 2 after the first half. In the second half they were able to cool down Jorden Duffy and Kory Holden; Duffy scored just 2 points in the second half while Holden was held to just 8. Dunbar would extend their lead in the second half and win by 15.

Leading the way for Dunbar was senior center Travis Buchanon led Dunbar with 20 points, while senior guard Keandre Gibson chipped in 14. JM Bennett's Kory Holden led all scorers with 24.

Dunbar plays their next game on Friday at 5:00pm against Stephen Decatur while J.M. Bennett will play again on Saturday vs Randallstown.


Game 12: 8:00 PM Court 2 – Crisfield (MD) vs. Milford (DE)

Final Score: Crisfield – 71; Milford - 58

High Scorers: Jawayne Taylor – 25, Crisfield; Jason Parker – 20, Milford


Crisfield high's boys' basketball team put another win on the board for Maryland after they beat Milford 71-58 behind junior guard Jawayne Taylor's 25 points.

Crisfield came out of the gates firing and ended the second half with a 13 point lead. They would extend that lead to 25 points by the end of the third quarter before letting Milford back into the game in the fourth quarter. Despite an attempt at a comeback, Milford still lost by 13 points. In addition to Taylor's 25 points, senior guard Alex Cohen added 19 points for Crisfield as well.

Crisfield plays their second game on Friday at 3:00pm against Ben Franklin. Milford will look to rebound on Friday as well when they play Mervo at 3:30pm.


MD vs. DE official score:  MD (3) – DE (5)


Game 1: 12:00 PM Court 1 - Delmar (DE) vs. Snow Hill (MD)

Final Score: Snow Hill – 55; Delmar - 71

High Scorers: Kavon Trader – 25, Delmar; Ramel Fields – 18, Snow Hill


Behind 25 points from sophomore guard Kavon Trader, Delmar high's boys' basketball team defeated Snow Hill 71-55 in the first game of the day at the Governor's Challenge in Salisbury, Md.

The game was a back and forth affair during the first half and included a plethora of lead changes with Snow Hill leading by 2 points at the half. In the third quarter, Delmar came out of the gates with a 17-1 run, regaining the lead and holding on to it for the win. Snow Hill was led by senior guard Ramel Fields who scored 18 in this one. Snow Hill will play again on Saturday at 1:30pm against Mardela while Delmar faces off against North Caroline the same day at 1:00pm


Game 2: 12:30 PM Court 2 – Mardela (MD) vs. Woodbridge (DE)

Final Score: Woodbridge – 62; Mardela – 33

High Scorers: Byron Lake – 20, Woodbridge; Da'Kyran Farrare – 9, Mardela


Woodbridge high's boys' basketball team rolled over Mardela at the Governor's Challenge, winning 62-33. The win would notch another win for Delaware, giving the first state a 2-0 lead in the tournament.

Woodbridge started the game hot with a 15-4 run in the first quarter. They increased their lead even further with a 15-1 run in a second. Woodbridge wouldn't look back and never gave up the lead, winning soundly by 29 points. Junior guard Byron Lake led Woodbridge and all scorers with 20 points, while senior guard Khalil Carrol chipped in 16 points for Woodbridge as well. Woodbridge plays their second game against Westminster tomorrow at 1:30pm while Mardela will take on Snow Hill on Saturday at 1:30pm.


Game 3: 1:30 PM Court 1 – Col. Richardson (MD) vs. Christiana (DE)

Final Score: Christiana – 48; Colonel Richardson - 52

High Scorers: Travis Morgan – 17, Colonel Richardson; Will Yancey – 11, Christiana


Maryland got their first win in the Governor's Challenge when Colonel Richardson high's boys' basketball team defeated Christiana 52 – 48 behind 14 points from senior forward Travis Morgan.

Christiana had control of the game early, coming out with a 10-5 run, but Colonel quickly responded with a run and took control of the lead, leading 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. Colonel wouldn't lose the lead and held on till the end, winning by 4 points. In addition to Morgan's 17 points, two other Colonel players finished with double digit points; senior guard Dontri Bolden had 11 while junior wing David Dickerson had 14.

Colonel Richardson improved to 5-1 on the season and will play again on Saturday at 3:00pm against Indian River high of Delaware. Christiana will play on Saturday as well against Cambridge-South Dorchester at 4:30pm.


Game 4: 2:00 PM Court 2 – Great Mills (MD) vs. North Caroline (MD)

Final Score: Great Mills – 72; North Caroline - 52

High Scorers: Melquan Williams – 19, Great Mills; Michael Dill – 25, North Caroline


Great Mills high school's boys' basketball team took a win in the first Maryland versus Maryland matchup of the Governor's Challenge, beating North Caroline 72-52.

Great Mills started out with the lead early, and despite North Caroline's effort at a comeback in the second quarter with an 8-0 run, Great Mills still led by 7 at the end of the first half. The lead only grew from there, as Great Mills outscored North Caroline 41-28 in the second half; winning by 20. Senior Melquan Williams led the way for Great Mills with 19 points; while North Caroline's senior guard Michael Dill led all scorers with 25.

North Caroline will try to rebound from the loss when the play Delmar at 1:00pm on Saturday, while Great Mills will attempt to grab another win against Indian River on Friday at 11:00am.


Game 5: 3:00 PM Court 1 – Parkside (MD) vs. Thomas Stone (MD)

Final Score: Parkside – 50; Thomas Stone - 60

High Scorers: Deshawn Parks – 15, Parkside; Darrell Lamberth – 16, Thomas Stone


Thanks to junior guard Darrell Lamberth's game–high 16 points, Thomas Blake high's boys' basketball team beat Parkside at the Governor's Challenge 60-50.

The game looked to be in Parkside's hands after they haled an 11-point lead at the end of the first half, but Thomas Stone wouldn't go away so easily. In the third quarter, Thomas Stone outscored Parkside 23-6, regaining the lead by 6 points over Parkside. Parkside fought back, narrowing the lead to just one point in the fourth quarter, but Thomas Stone put their foot on the gas and extended the lead, winning by 10. In addition to Lamberth's 16 points, Isiah Flukerr chipped in 14 despite being in foul trouble. Junior guard Deshawn Parks led the way for Parkside with 15 points.

Parkside will look to avenge their loss on Saturday against Laurel at 9:00pm, while Thomas Stone will play again on Friday against Seaford at 12:30pm.


Game 6: 3:30 PM Court 2 – Cambridge-SD (MD) vs. Seaford (DE)

Final Score: Seaford – 57; Cambridge-South Dorchester - 46

High Scorers: RayKwon Molock – 16, CSD; Jakeen Banks – 17; Seaford


Delaware added another win to their total in the Governor's Challenge after Seaford high's boys' basketball team beat Cambridge-South Dorchester 57-46 behind the scoring effort of Jakeen Banks who finished with 17.

"The game plan was to execute our offense. We didn't really scout them, we just wanted to become a more disciplined ball club today," said Seaford Head Coach Art Doakes.

Seaford did just that as they went on a number of runs throughout the game in efforts to extend their lead. They opened up with 15-3 run and ended the game with an 8-0 run. The game was back and forth though, and Seaford was never able to put away CSD until the very end of the game.

"We haven't found our killer instinct yet," said Doakes. "And I also always play 15 guys, which is tough to do at this level, but it's a philosophy I live by and sometimes you're going to have to sacrifice points."

Seaford will see Cambridge-South Dorchester again on January 13th and senior Dewitt Barnhart said that the key in that game will be "improving the defense."

Cambridge-South Dorchester will play Christiana on Saturday at 4:30pm, while Seaford will take on Thomas Stone on Friday at 12:30pm.

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