Tigers toppled by Dover
DOVER — When you begin the season with six league games that lead up to Christmas, it’s important to notch as many wins as you can.
Dover certainly got off on the right foot.
Senior Shemar Morton scored 15 points, senior Collin Whitman came off the bench and added 13 and senior Brandon Troyer chipped in 12 as Dover opened its high school boys basketball season with a convincing 69-44 East Central Ohio League win over visiting Marietta Friday night.
Dover head coach Bob Von Kaenel said he saw a mixed bag in the Tornadoes 2017-18 lidlifter.
“It was a typical season opener,” said Von Kaenel. “We had good stretches where we played pretty well and then we had some bumps in the road we have to correct. We have pretty good depth and it showed tonight. Every player does different things they can do for us. I thought Collin Whitman had a very nice game for us off the bench.”
The Tornadoes won despite not having big man Kyler Dickey in the middle. He is sidelined with a toe injury.
Justin Shepler added nine points for the Tornadoes, while Ethan Snyder (seven), Nick Millender (six) and Brady Blair (six) also got into the scoring act.
Dover will see every ECOL team with the exception of Coshocton before Santa Claus arrives.
“It’s tough playing these league games right off the bat, but everyone else is in the same boat,” said Von Kaenel. “We got our first one out of the way and were 1-0 so that’s good.”
Dover led 15-7 after the first quarter and went up 30-13 at the half.
The Tornadoes were on top by 17 at the half, but the Tigers, who got a game-best 18 points from Derek Duckworth, came out with a little more fire in the third quarter prompting Von Kaenel to call timeout.
“There are certain things they are capable of doing, but we weren’t executing,” said Von Kaenel.
The Tornadoes then turned it on and took a sizable 44-21 lead into the final frame.
Dover gave up 23 points in the final eight minutes, but scored 24 to win going away.
“Overall, defensively for three quarters I thought we played well,” said Von Kaenel. “Not so much in the fourth quarter.”
Dover was 23 of 50 from the floor and 17 of 24 from the line. Marietta was 15 from 47 from the floor and 12 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Dover outrebounded 44-19 as Whitman led the way with 10 rebounds and Morton added nine caroms. Duckworth paced the Tigers with four.
The Tornadoes turned the ball over 16 with most coming in the second half, while the Tigers had 17 miscues.