The Smyrna Eagles used a well-balanced attack and played solid, fundamental basketball Thursday night in defeating Brandywine 54-38 in front of a large home crowd.
“We had a good week of practice despite the crazy weather conditions,” said Smyrna Head Coach Andrew Mears, “Our kids handled things very well this week. They went with the flow and stayed focused during our practice sessions.”
During the first few minutes, both teams were getting their running legs and shots, as the first quarter ended with the Eagles on top by the score of 11-8. Smyrna also shot well from the outside during the contest.
The paced definitely picked up un the second period, as Smyrna warmed to the task and extended the lead to 25-18 on some solid inside shooting by Latrelle Lee, who scored five points in the first half. Javon Hunter, Donte Ritche and Stedman Kpana all scored four points for the Eagles in the first half.
The Eagles offense got untracked in the third period as the team increased their advantage to 41-29. Smyrna's defense also improved as the game progressed, pulling down some key rebounds against the Bulldogs who have good size in the frontcourt.
Brandywine made a small run at the Eagles in the fourth quarter, but to no avail, as Smyrna outscored the Bulldogs 13-9 in the final session.
“I was very pleased with the way we played tonight,” said Mears. “We are playing better as a team, and the kids are understanding our system and it showed on the court tonight.”
Smyrna improved to 4-4 and will host Concord on Tuesday (1/14) at 7:15 p.m.
The Bulldogs dropped to 0-6 on the season. After playing Concord this Saturday, Brandywine will travel to Woodbridge on Tuesday for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff.