By BRIAN CUNNIFF
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Things didn’t exactly go as planned, but it all worked out in the end.
Dylan Delvecchio, a senior on the Cape May Tech boys basketball team, scored his 1000th career point on a free throw late in the fourth quarter of his team’s 46-37 victory over Buena Tuesday.
With Delvecchio needing 15 points to reach the milestone entering the game, his teammates seemed too eager to get him the ball at various times of the game, often leading to turnovers.
The result was Buena cutting a double-digit deficit to just two points in the fourth quarter. But Delvecchio’s free throw that accounted for his 1,000th point and his layup a few moments later helped the Hawks pull away for their first win.
“I think the problem was, everyone was too worried about trying to get me 1,000,” Delvecchio said.
When the milestone point swished through the net, Delvecchio said “it was surreal. I couldn’t believe it. It feels great that all the hard work I put in, when I look back, it all paid off.”
Delvecchio is the sixth boys basketball player in Cape May Tech history to surpass 1,000 career points. The others are Josh Wright (2019 graduate, 2,484 points), Keith Palek (2003 graduate, 1,100 points), Jacob Heminway (2013 graduate, 1,085 points), Jermaine Russell (2006 graduate, 1,055 points) and Trey Severs (1,022 career points; accomplished as a junior in 2006; transferred to Ocean City for senior year).
“I’m super happy for him because he’s worked super hard for it,” Cape May Tech coach Sam Picketts said. “I couldn’t be happier for the kid. He deserves it.
“Obviously, everyone associates Josh Wright with Cape May Tech basketball in terms of the top players and rightly so because of everything he accomplished. But Dylan is right up there with some of the best players we’ve had in the program’s history.
“Unfortunately his junior year, when kids tend to show a lot of growth, got cut short (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). We’re in this real, real weird world of COVID basketball, and it’s a testament to a kid like Dylan to grind it out and work through it.”
Delvecchio finished with 17 points and Patrick Bean added 14 points for Tech (1-5).