By Jason Feather
The 2018-2019 Indian River High School boys’ basketball season can by summarized with many words, but one of them would be “disappointing.”
In a season that started with so much promise, the Indians’ inconsistent play led to many losses that made fans scratch their heads, especially when looking at how well they played in their final two games this past week.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Indians defeated Sussex Academy, 78-68.
But more impressive than that was their stunning 88-72 win over South Division-leading Milford on Tuesday, Feb. 12, while the program was honoring their five seniors, as well as retiring head coach B.J. Joseph. (More on that in a special feature next week in the Coastal Point.)
Seniors Jamier Felton, Michael Meehan, James Jones, Kashid Waples and Antonio Jones donned the green-and-gold one final time on the hardwoods, and certainly went out with a lasting memory.
Felton scored a game-high 34 to lead the way, while Meehan also got in on the offensive effort with 30 markers of his own. Jones hit double-figures with 16.
To top it off, IR connected on 19-of-27 free throws in the contest.
The win prevented Milford from clinching the South Division title, which wound up going to Lake Forest.
In the win over Sussex Academy, Felton and Meehan again had the hot hands for the Indians, scoring 22 and 21 points, respectively. Junior Qui’maine Jacobs chipped in with 11 points in the victory.
IR wound up winning three of its final four games in the campaign.
The season that had so much promise — with aspirations of getting the program back to the state playoffs — came to a disappointing end with the Indians’ overall mark at 8-12. They will look back at the 13-game stretch from mid-December through the entire month of January — during which they went 2-11 — and wonder what might have been.
Indians drop two close games
Fighting for a Henlopen Conference South Division title in just its first year of existence is a more-than-impressive achievement for the Indian River Unified Basketball program.
But a South championship just wasn’t meant to be this year, after a pair of close losses to Caesar Rodney (27-23) and Milford (28-24) over the past week.
In the loss to CR on Thursday, Feb. 7, the Indians trailed by just one point at the halftime intermission, 15-14, but came out of the break and were held scoreless by the Riders.
They could never overcome the 22-14 deficit after three quarters.
Kyle Firle led IR with 11 points, including three three-pointers, while Gabe Mouynivong chipped in with seven for the Indians. Grant Argo, Robert Sylvia and Grace Snyder also figured into the scoring for IR.
The losses dropped IR to 4-3 overall, and they will now await word on whether they will advance into the state playoffs.