ST. GEORGES – Myles Cale scored 20 points, 15 of which came in the second half as Appoquinimink pulled away from a stubborn Sussex Central team in a 66-52 win Saturday at St. Georges Technical High School. The game was part of the Rumble by the River upstate-downstate challenge.
Cale was held to five free throws in the first half, which finished with Central ahead by a point, 30-29. The senior, who will play his college basketball at Seton Hall University, opened the second half with a three-point shot the first time he touched the ball, and the Golden Knights had few answers for him the rest of the afternoon. He scored 11 of Appo's 17 third-quarter points, lifting the Jaguars to a 46-41 lead after three.
Cale was held to four points in the final stanza, but his teammates found their shooting range to put the game out of reach. Kevin Burns and Amir Richardson each buried a pair of three-point shots to hold off Sussex Central. Ryhlee Matthews tried valiantly to keep the Knights in it, hitting four field goals, but it was not enough.
Appoquinimink had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter when Sussex Central lost the ball on a steal. Cale got behind the Knights' defense, took a long pass and threw down a two-handed tomahawk jam, igniting the crowd and putting the finishing touches on his day.
The Golden Knights were able to hang with the Jaguars for a half, holding the slim lead at the break. They took an early 7-2 lead before Appo scored eight straight – five from Max Somelofske, who finished with 11 points. A three-pointer from Devon Reynolds as the buzzer sounded made it a 16-15 Jaguars lead after one.
Central's Jahlier Pettyjohn scored seven points in the second quarter, tying the game at 22 on his second three-pointer of the game with 4:28 left in the half. Pettyjohn then took the ball inside the next time he touched it, putting his team back in the lead, and he made it three straight possessions with a field goal for the 26-22 Knights lead. Cale would reverse the momentum when the game resumed.
With the win, the Jaguars remained unbeaten at 4-0. They will take that record to Caravel on Dec. 30 for a 6:15 p.m. tip. Central suffered another hard-luck loss, falling to 0-5.
Matthews also finished with 20 to lead Sussex Central, while Pettyjohn had 13. The Golden Knights will try to earn their first win on Tuesday, when they host the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security at 6:15 p.m.