The latest VISAA rankings had Cape Henry behind Benedictine in the D1 rankings. The Dolphins took exception to what they perceived as a slight and defeated Benedictine 72-64. The matchup, which featured two of the top teams in the Virginiapreps.Com Private rankings, was played in the historic Rutledge Gym in front of a hostile student body.
"This environment was outstanding," Cape Henry coach Mark Hall said. "It reminds you of Cameron Stadium on Duke University with all the heckling. We prepared for this type of environment and we were able block it out."
Junior Jimmy Paige scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and University of Virginia recruit Devon Hall added 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists who won their 18th game despite 17 turnovers. Sophomore Chris Clarke kicked in 15 points on 7 of 11 from the field.
The Dolphins used a 12-0 first quarter run to take a lead they never relinquished. They dominated inside shooting 53.7 percent from the field while scoring 36 of their points inside the paint. They outrebounded Benedictine 44 to 26 with Paige grabbing five offensive rebounds. The Cadets were missing the inside presence of forward Kris Lane who missed the game due to grades.
Cape Henry answered every Benedictine run with a big shot usually via a 3-pointer or tip-in. Several times the Cadets pulled to within three but they couldn't get any closer. Robert Johnson led Benedictine with 20 points and Nick Coppola added 14 points and four assists. Raymon Minor and LG Gill both added 11 points.