Dover looks to turn the corner

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountyvarsityboysbasketball

Dover season review

Seven victories isn’t something to get excited about but at Dover High — which has had limited success in its basketball history — every victory is appreciated. There is ability among the athletes atDover, but keeping them together and building their confidence especially at times when the losses pile up is a constant challenge.

“Sometimes it’s tough to get them to come out and stay with it,’’Dovercoach John O’Hara said.

Senior leadership: Football talent Darius Kersey wasn’t sure he wanted to come out for his senior season. He ended up filling in as the point guard and no matter what the score he was a handful for any opponent to cover. “As far as senior leadership Darius was pretty much it,’’ O’Hara said. “Maurice Nicholson was a pleasant surprise. He gave us some scoring early and later on much of our rebounding. He knew his role and he did whatever we needed.’’

 Highlights: O’Hara couldn’t pick any particular games but he was proud of the way his team competed. AlthoughDover suffered double-digit losses there were few complete blowouts. Kittatinny, Butler, Belvidere and Montclair Immaculate were among the teams the Tigers prevailed against. “We were competitive,’’ O’Hara said. “We just didn’t have that guy that wanted to step up. They just didn’t get it.’’

Hope for the future: The Tigers should have an experienced group coming back. Terrence Berry loves to knock down threes. He had a good second half of the season. He hit six 3-pointers in the Kittatinny win and had five against Madison in a loss. Shaquor Singletary, a junior, also had a good second half and proved that could be an absolute beast on the boards. Nick Saltarelli had his better games early for the Tigers but was among their most consistent athletes overall. If he can improve on his performance from the foul line, he can be a real asset. Dante Cousins and freshman David Bullock are upcoming players with real promise.

Offseason plans: The Tigers like to work on summer skills, which is what they call their open gym and get down to basics as much as four times a week. They did not play in a summer league last year, but have agreed to compete in Morris Knolls Summer League this year. More experience playing together and a little enthusiasm might finally get the ball rolling for the Tigers.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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