IR boys hold their own in loss to powerhouse Cape

Date Published: 
Feb. 2, 2018

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR’s Jamier Felton shovels a pass to a teammate against Cape on Thursday, Jan. 25.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: IR’s Jamier Felton shovels a pass to a teammate against Cape on Thursday, Jan. 25.After watching their varsity girls’ team get beaten by Cape Henlopen High School’s Vikings on Jan. 25, it was the Indian River boys’ team’s turn to take to the Viking court and face the District I title contenders in a makeup game from earlier in the month.

IR opened with a brief two-point lead before the Vikings produced a seven-point run on the Indians with 6:47 minutes remaining in the first period. IR’s offense fought back in the period’s final seconds, but fell to a score of 13-12 at the first buzzer. IR’s offense bucketed 17 points to Cape’s 16 in the second period, as the teams went to their halftime locker rooms tied at 29-all.

In the third quarter, IR posted 21 points on the board, while Cape collected 10. Cape dropped to 50-39 heading into the final period, but the Viking offense put the game away in the final eight minutes, outscoring IR 26-6 to win the game, 65-56.

“That’s the No. 1 team, they say, in the state right now, and we were with them all day. And then we sort of wilted at the end there, a little bit. It was just a good learning experience,” said IR head coach B.J. Joseph.

Sophomore Kevin Custis had 12 points for the Indians, while freshman OrRin Morris contributed with four and Junior Ja’ Shaun Johnson added 16. Junior Jamier Felton netted 18 points for IR, and junior Antoni Jones finished with six. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, (after Coastal Point press time), they were set to host the Seaford Blue Jays before taking on Delmar at Delmar High School on Feb. 2.