Evans returns to lead Central boys’ basketball

GEORGETOWN – Since the departure of Vince Evans as head boys’ basketball coach, Sussex Central has at times struggled on the hardwood floor.

Looking to rectify that beginning this season, Central brought Evans back to lead the program.

Former Central head coach Vince Evans is back at Sussex Central. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Former Central head coach Vince Evans is back at Sussex Central. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

“I’ve been going to some games the last couple years and I got that itch to come back,” Evans said. “I missed it. And it feels good to be appreciated and wanted, so when the job came open and a couple people approached me about trying to turn it back around, I took the opportunity.”

And although he isn’t expecting a complete turnaround overnight, the returning coach is excited about the Golden Knights’ prospects this season.

“Anything you do you have to compete, you have to take it personal,” Evans said. “I think in the past a lot of times it was OK to lose. And I can understand we’re going to lose some games, but you have to want to do something to stop it. You have to come back and compete, fight and battle.”

Throughout the preseason, Evans said he has seen that desire to compete start to manifest with his team.

“Since day one it feels like every practice they are trying to get better,” he said. “They listen when you tell them what to do, they are asking questions. It’s a good group of guys.”

Although the Knights lost their season-opener 78-59 to the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, there were some bright spots. One was senior Tai’Ron Abbott, who netted a team-high 21 points.

Abbott is one of nine seniors on the Central roster. The others are Dai’Ron Abbott, Shei’Mhere Dashiell, Deron Doherty, Tre’Vone Farlow, Richard Flemming, Arron Spady, KiAnte Sturgis and Jacob Swift.

In order to be successful, Central will need to rely on its guards and hustle.

“I think our guard play is going to be a strength,” Evans said, adding that the team will look to score points in transition. “We want to be scrappy and get to all the 50/50 balls. We don’t have a 30-point scorer on this team, but we have a lot of guys that can hustle, scrap, box out, rebound. That’s going to be our strategy.”

The Knights host Henlopen North favorite Dover on Tuesday and then welcome rival Sussex Tech to their gym for a 6:15 p.m. Friday bout.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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