The Smyrna boys basketball team may or may not be ready to take on Henlopen Conference rival Dover High Friday night. The Eagles are currently 3-3, having won their last three games, but according to coach Mike Starley, the team has yet to find its true identity. "We are working hard during practices and in our games, but I'm not sure what to expect, and I'm not pleased with our overall performance, yet. We have a lot of depth, but we haven't been able to come up with a regular starting five," he said.
Starkey said he and his staff are still looking for a consistent rotation, so having depth is helpful during a game.
The team has decent size for a high school squad, featuring 6'2" Jonathan Bradley, 6'2" Ja'vier Worthy, 6'3" Jose Ortiz from the Eagles football team and 6' Stedman Kpana. The team features a trio of quick guards with nice scoring touches in 5'7" Javon Hunter, 5'9" Dominique Walker, and 5'10" Deonte Bell.
Regarding the upcoming game against Dover, Starkey said it's always tough to play on the road, at any level, " and it's especially tough to play at Dover because of the intense rivalry and the close proximity of the two schools, so it could be a great game to watch."
The Senators are currently 2-4 on the season, but on paper, seem to have an advantage over Smyrna, at least in height. Dover features a lineup with 6'4" junior Keith Rollerson, and 6'3" senior William Watts. Two other scorers for the Senators are 5'10" seniors Jaleel Cohen and Tyler Myers, who sank four three-pointers in a game against Sussex Tech earlier this season.
When the Dover offense is hot, they have shown the ability to hit the three-pointers, but that hasn't happened very often this season. The Senators also needs to shore up the defense in order to turn the season around.
Friday's contest takes place at Dover High School, beginning at 7:15 p.m.