By Lynn Schofer

A showdown is rising up in the Henlopen South after Lake Forest scored at the buzzer in the final quarter to defeat Seaford, 65-63. The teams are tied in the Henlopen South which puts the pressure on them to win out to play for the conference championship. 

Seaford senior Kashmier Wise led the team with 17 points.

Kashmier Wise is locked in on his target right before he pulls up for a three-point basket. Wise scored 17 points in the game for Seaford. Photo by Lynn Schofer

In the first quarter, the teams’ man defense was tight and Seaford’s Vince Evans III and Jordan Smith’s double team was effective for turnovers. The Blue Jays struggled to connect to the net and after Lake Forest’s open court fast break dunk the Spartans were up 14-7 with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. Lake Forest led the game, 21-12, going into the second quarter. 

Seaford’s forwards began to pull in the boards and both Wise and Evans sunk three-point baskets. The Blue Jays intercepted a pass and Omari Nichols pulled in the board on the rebound and followed up with a basket to tie the game. 

The physical game inside was intense and after three hard rebounds and follow up shots, Seaford caught the foul on the Lake Forest rebound and outlet pass. The teams left everything on the floor including a play when Evans and a Spartan collided at midcourt going for a loose ball. Seaford narrowly led, 33-32, at half-time.  

In the third quarter, Lake Forest outscored Seaford, 23-12, beginning with a three-point basket from the corner by Seth Young. Seaford’s Justin Jackson took on a hard driving offensive foul for possession of the ball but Smith had to go to the bench after picking up his fourth foul. In the final two minutes Lake Forest outscored Seaford, 11-1, for the 55-45 lead going into the final quarter. 

Seaford turned it on strong from the opening seconds in the fourth and quickly tightened the game. Evans got a steal and was fouled on his approach for a one point game. Smith returned to floor and immediately directed and connected a pass to Enoch Duprey for the basket. Nichols, Jackson, and Duprey pounded the boards and fought through every inside play. After Evans hit a three-point basket with 30 seconds to play the Blue Jays trailed by two points. After a timeout Seaford committed a foul soon after the inbound play sending Lake Forest to the line where both baskets were sunk. Jackson followed a shot for a two point basket and foul. He missed the free throw and Wise pulled in the rebound and up for a basket and one to tie the game at 63-63 with 13.8 seconds on clock. 

Lake Forest took a time out and both teams spotted on the court for the inbound play. Lake Forest moved the ball to the right and made a fake move and pass to Darius Miller in the corner. Miller moved to the elbow and with hands in his face threw up a shot that found the net with no time left on the clock for the two point Lake Forest win. Seaford is now 13-1 overall and 9-1 in Henlopen South. Lake Forest is 12-2 overall and 9-1 in Henlopen South. Both teams have four Henlopen South game remaining in the schedule. 

Seaford scoring: Kashmier Wise 17; Vincent Evans III 13; Omari Nichols 10; Justin Jackson 10; Jordan Smith 8; Enoch Duprey 5. 

Seaford boys’ basketball holds off Lake Forest for 65-62 road win

The Seaford varsity boys’ basketball team held a 27-24 lead at half-time of last Tuesday’s road game against Lake Forest before using a 24-15 third quarter advantage to extend its lead. The Spartans outscored the Blue Jays, 23-14, in the fourth quarter, but Seaford held on to win, 65-62, to take a one game lead in the Henlopen South.

Seaford’s Omari Nichols had 14 points and 18 rebounds; Vincent Evans III contributed 13 points, five assists, and four steals; Kash Wise added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two steals; Areon Purnell scored 10 points; and Jordan Smith added nine points and three steals.