DOVER -- Dover sophomore point guard Ryan Beck doesn't mind compliments on his game.
Just don't compare him to anyone else. At least not to former Eagles' standout point guard Jerell Figueroa, who graduated after leading Dover to the York-Adams League Division II crown last season by averaging a team-high 17.2 points a game.
Armed with speed, a good handle of the ball and a solid 3-point shot, the 5-foot, 10-inch Beck easily brings about comparisons to Figueroa.
"I get them all the time," Beck said. "I don't like it, though. I just don't like it. I'd rather be my own person."
Either way, Beck's abilities presented problems for visiting Northeastern on Tuesday night in a Division II battle at Dover. As did the Eagles' 2-3 zone defense and their lights-out shooting from beyond the arc in a 55-40 victory over the Bobcats.
One of four first-year starters for Dover, Beck paced the Eagles (2-3 Division II, 4-5 overall) by sinking four 3-pointers and finishing with a game-high 17 points. Eagles' junior guard Jared Mummert (12 points) also drained three treys. Teammate Josh McMahon, a 6-5 senior forward, scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles shot 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from beyond the arc and made 18-of-37 attempts from the floor (48.6 percent). The hot shooting was a turnaround for Dover, which entered the night having lost five straight.
"We won our first three games and we were on a five-game losing streak," Dover coach Brian Schmoyer said. "That can be accredited to not taking care of the ball. But we struggled shooting the basketball as well. Tonight Jared Mummert got off a little bit and he hit some shots and Ryan's been pretty consistent."
Northeastern (4-2, 6-5) has now lost five of its last six games but still sits a game up on West York (3-3, 4-7) for first place in the division. The Eagles moved into a third-place tie in the division with New Oxford (2-3, 3-7).
The Bobcats had trouble penetrating Dover's 2-3 zone and struggled from the perimeter, shooting 3-of-17 from 3-point range (17.6 percent) and 15-of-39 from the floor (38.5 percent). Bobcats' senior guard Khalid Nwandu, who entered averaging 22 points a game, was held to 12 points.
"We have to be more patient," Northeastern coach Jon Eyster said. "When we get it inside against zones we're successful. But we have some guys that are relying on their perimeter shooting too much."
Dover led 25-19 at half and pushed the lead to 40-27 after three quarters.
"We needed this one," Beck said. "This was a very big game for us. After our last loss we really had to pick it up. We have to get on the hunt for counties and districts."
OTHER BOYS' BASKETBALL
YORK SUBURBAN 72, EASTERN YORK 69, OT: At Wrightsville, the Trojans outscored the Knights 13-10 in overtime to secure the victory. Evan Eberhardinger (17), Malique Wise (14), P.J. McClane (13) and C.J. Boxley (12) paced Suburban's offense. Eastern was led by Dalton Reichard (19), Broguen Nicholas (17) and Cody Bollinger (11). Eastern York fell to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in York-Adams Division III. Suburban improved to 4-6 and 3-2.
WEST YORK 69, KEN NARD-DALE 49: At Fawn Grove, 15 different Bulldogs scored in the victory, led by 14 points from Kevin Rice. West York outscored K-D in each quarter. Ryan Trott led the Rams with 15 points, while Vince Failla added 11.
YORK HIGH 87, SPRING GROVE 44: At Spring Grove, Derek Wilson led the Bearcats to the York-Adams Division I victory with 25 points. Tavon Parker knocked in 17, Ramel Stephens scored 14 and Dai-Quest Casiano scored 10 for York. For the Rockets, Logan Hagerman scored 17 points. York High improved to 6-0 in the division and 9-2 overall.
YORK TECH 66, FAIR FIELD 42: At Fairfield, the Spartans jumped out to a 17-6 lead after eight minutes and were never threatened after that. Ron Henderson led the winners with 20 points, while Ryan Ford added 16 and Mike Lynch chipped in 10.
YORK CATHOLIC 69, BIGLERVILLE 30: At York Catholic, Erich Hartman led the Irish with 19 points. Joseph Rost (12), Matt McKim (11) and Paul Martello (10) also hit double digits for the winners. York Catholic improved to 4-1 York-Adams Division IV and 5-5 overall.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 45, NEW OXFORD 38: At New Oxford, Dan Ferraro led the Warriors with 18 points. Teammate Tyler Brooks knocked in 14 points. For the Colonials, Marc O'Brien scored 13 points. Susquehannock improved to 8-4 overall.
SOUTH WESTERN 61, RED LION 45: At Red Lion, the Mustangs used a 14-6 first-quarter edge and a 17-9 third-quarter advantage to dispose of Red Lion. Parker Bean (15), Mike Duffy (13) and Jordan Smith (10) hit double digits for the winners. Mike Fox and Evan Miller each had 11 points for Red Lion.
MOUNT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 69, CHRIS TIAN SCHOOL OF YORK 35: At Mount Calvary Christian, Bryce Zirkle led the Crusaders with 22 points in the loss.
TWIN VALLEY BIBLE ACADEMY 61, RED LION CHRISTIAN 59: At Red Lion Christian, Jake Myers led the Swordsmen with 27 points. Teammate Corbin Willard knocked in 11.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.