By Richard Taylor
The last several weeks have been exciting for Ocracoke basketball, whether you were in “the Tank,” on the road with the teams or listening to the home games on WOVV radio.
The varsity boys team finished the regular season as Atlantic 6 champions, following their 77-48 away win over Creswell Feb. 8.
The team travels to Creswell for the conference tournament Feb. 14, having secured a bye for the tournament’s first round, owing to their perfect 10-0 conference record. It was their second win over Creswell, Martin County, that week.
The Lady Dolphins play the first round of the conference tournament today 5:30 p.m. against Columbia at home. Their record overall is 8-13 and Conference 5-5.
The Dolphin varsity boys are 18-3 overall this season. Due to their record, Ocracoke has moved up six positions to number 29 in MaxPreps’ 1A state rankings this week. Their national ranking has moved up 138 places.
Ocracoke defeated the Tigers 65-29 at home Feb. 6 for Senior Night.
Right out of the box, the Dolphins were energized quickly began scoring and didn’t let up the entire game. Many of the goals were three-pointers.
“We start out fast,” said Coach David Allewalt after the game. “It takes the fight out them.”
College scouts have been closely watching Caswell in recent games and the senior reportedly plans several college visits this spring.
Before that, the boys won the “Battle for the Paddle,” beating Hatteras 72-11 on Feb.5, while the Lady Dolphins lost the paddle 51-25. The boys beat Mattamuskeet 68-13 on Feb. 2.
Seniors Darvin Contreras and Liam Caswell were honored with flowers and specially inscribed commemorative Dolphin basketballs on Senior Night, as were Lady Dolphins Lupita Martinez and Iris Trejo.
The Dolphin middle school boys failed to defend their Tideland Middle School Conference title Feb. 9, losing to Creswell 27-20.
Coach Jason Wells had said Feb. 8 that the game between two teams with identical 10-2 records could have gone “either way.”
Several Dolphins missed that game due to the flu.