Dover falls in historic state title game to Sanford, suffers only loss of the year

An instant Delaware classic, the Dover Senators couldn't hold on late, dropping to Sanford 48-45

NEWARK, Del.- In the first title game featuring the top two teams in the state since 2013, (1) Sanford overcame a late deficit to beat previously unbeaten (2) Dover, 48-45.

A sold out crowd at the University of Delaware turned out on Saturday to see the top junior in Delaware, Sanford’s Jyare Davis, and arguably the best backcourt in the state, Dover’s Eden Davis and Elijah Allen.

In the first half, Sanford, asserted their dominance inside, finding Davis and sophomore big man Nnanna Njoku to go into halftime up 24-19.

The Warriors would lead for all of the third quarter until Eden Davis splashed a deep three to make it a two-point game, 34-32, headed into the final quarter.

On the Senators first few possessions, Elijah Allen would run wild scoring 11 of his 19 points total in the final eight minutes. The Senators would have the lead with less than a minute to go, 45-44, after an Allen and one, but a Jyare Davis layup put Sanford up one. On the next Dover possession, Hassan Perkins chalked up a steal, and Corey Perkins finished a layup on the other end with four seconds left to go to put the Warriors up 48-45.

Senators would call a timeout, and on the inbounds play, Eden Davis semi-clean three-point attempt would fall short, giving Sanford their ninth title in school history.

Elijah Allen scored a game-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Eden Davis was the only other Senator in double-digits, scoring 11. For the game, Dover as a team shot 7-15 from the free throw line, going 1-4 (25%) in the fourth quarter.

For the Warriors, Davis registered a near double-double, 14 points and eight rebounds, followed by Corey Perkins with 10 points and three steals, and Nnanna Njoku with seven points and seven boards.

The Senators finish the year 23-1, one of their best marks in school history, and still remain in search of their first basketball title in school history.

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