Kpana’s Lay Up In Final Seconds Downs Dover
Stedman Kpana’s lay-in with four seconds remaining would be the game-winner as Smyrna defeated Dover in a thriller 58-57, at Smyrna High School Wednesday night.
In a back and forth game, it was Smyrna who took charge in the second quarter scoring 21 points, and holding a six (31-25) lead at the half. The Eagles were powered in the quarter by Latrell Lee and freshman sharpshooter Caleb Matthews’, who scored eight points a piece in the frame.
In the third, Kpana would score his first basket of the game, but Dover would limit Smyrna to just ten points, and only trailed 41-39 going into the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter proved to be the highest-scoring frame of the night, with Dover using an arsenal of scorers to take the lead late in the fourth. A Smyrna turnover with less than 20 seconds remaining looked to doom the Eagles, but Dover’s free-throw shooting doomed them. The Senators shot 12-29 from the free-throw line, no two bigger than senior Bryan Pettit’s up 57-56 with 12 seconds remaining. Javier Worthy would get the rebound, pass up to Latrelle Lee, found Worthy, who faked a shot and found Kpana wide open underneath the basket to give Smyrna the 58-57 lead. Dover’s Jordan Allen raced the ball up the court, but mishandled the dribble after half court, with Lee knocking the ball free as time expired.
Smyrna was led by Worthy, who scored a game-high 14 points, with two big three pointers in the fourth. Lee added 12, while Kpana and Donte’ Ritchie added 10 a piece. For Dover, Terrance Woodlin and Jordan Allen both scored 12 points, with Pettit and Michael Douglas added 9.