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Dover ends Claymont's 10-game win streak 41-40
Jan 17, 2014 11:39 PM
DOVER  This one had all the makings of a classic, and it didn’t disappoint.
In front of a packed and electric Dover gymnasium, the Tornadoes held on to end the Claymont Mustangs’ 10-game winning streak 41-40 in an East Central Ohio League boys’ basketball thriller.
With the score tied at 38 with under a minute left in the game, the Tornadoes   (12-1) patiently worked the ball around the perimeter waiting for an open shot, when Evan Snyder got free in the corner and calmly drilled the triple, giving the Tornadoes a 41-38 lead with 27 seconds left.
“I told Evan at halftime we needed him to make one three for us to win, and he did it at the right time,” said Dover head coach Bob Von Kaenel. 
Claymont (11-3) had three shots to try to tie the game, but couldn’t connect from behind the arc, and scored their final two points at the buzzer to make the final 41-40.
Dover had two players in double figures led by Blake Blair with 12 points and Snyder with 10.
Claymont was led by Dylan Sterling with 15 points and Dallas Clarke added 10.
The Tornadoes came out of the gate strong, turning several Mustang turnovers into easy points, opening the game on a     9-0 run before Claymont’s Dylan Sterling stopped the bleeding with a layup.
The quarter ended with Dover up 9-4.
“We just turned the ball over too many times tonight,” said Mustang head coach Scott Doak. “When you have 16 turnovers in a game as tight as this, it’s more like 25 because every possession is so critical.”
Seemingly out of sync on the offensive end of the floor, the Mustangs were looking to get a big basket to get things flowing in the second quarter.
Trailing 13-6 midway through the second quarter, the Mustangs found that big basket on a three-pointer from Ty Hicks.
Claymont would go on to nail three more consecutive three-pointers, culminating with Kohltin Miles’ triple to cap a 12-0 Mustang run, leaving the score 18-13 in favor of the Mustangs.
Blair would answer with a long three ball of his own to make the halftime score        18-16.
The second half saw the lead change hands several times, but with Claymont leading 22-18, the Tornadoes went on a 10-0 run, thanks in part again to the Tornado defense creating turnovers leading to easy baskets.
But the Mustangs, who are known for their stellar long-range shooting, got back in the game by pounding the ball inside to Sterling, who would end the quarter scoring the last seven points to give Claymont the lead back at 29-28 heading to the final frame.
“Give Dover credit for guarding our perimeter shooters well,” said Doak. “We have a two-headed monster inside and outside and they were able to contain our outside shooting most of the game. We have to get better at finding our guys out top to continue to be successful.”
With Claymont leading 34-33 with four minutes left, Miles drained another three-pointer.
But the resilient Tornadoes kept fighting back led by big buckets from Josh Cercone and Cory Contini.
And it paid off in the end.
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TIMES-REPORTER JIM CUMMINGS n Claymont s Ty Hicks shoots with Dover s Austin Laughlin in his face in Friday s game at Dover

Dover ends Claymont's 10-game win streak 41-40