Smyrna and Sanford matched up at the Slam Dunk to the Beach on Thursday afternoon at Cape Henlopen.
The Smyrna Eagles and Sanford Warriors took to the court in a Delaware showcase Thursday, the final day of the Slam Dunk to the Beach.
Smyrna went toe-to-toe with the defending state champs, but the Warriors used a big second quarter to build up a slim advantage which they carried throughout the second half on their way to a 64-54 victory.
Three Eagles finished in double figures, Caleb Matthews (15), Anthony Watson (14) and Dymere Richardson (11).
Matthews not only led the team in scoring, but brought down six rebounds (2 offensive, 4 defensive) while also dishing out a team-high seven assists.
Watson shot 5-of-7 from the floor and made half of his three-point attempts (2-4), while Richardson made a team-high three three-pointers.
Azubuike Nwankwo finished with seven rebounds (3 offensive, 4 defensive) and a game-high five blocks.
Sanford’s Jyare Davis led all scorers Thursday afternoon, finishing with 26 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc.
The Eagles jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the early minutes of first quarter, forcing Sanford to call a timeout and regroup. The Warriors responded, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 9-7 heading into the second quarter.
After barely shooting over 20 percent in the opening quarter the Warriors shot over 50 percent in the second quarter, going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc to overtake the Eagles at the halftime break, 30-23.
Smyrna fought back in the third, doing most of their damage from the free throw line, to cut the Sanford lead to just six.
The fourth quarter was the highest scoring stanza of the game for Smyrna, but the Warriors kept pace, holding on for the 10 point victory.
Despite going 0-2 at the Slam Dunk to the Beach, Smyrna lost by a combined 13 points, playing a state champion tough and an unknown opponent in Bishop McNamara even tougher in a three-point loss on Tuesday.
Smyrna remains undefeated in regular season play - they’ll pick up their schedule Tuesday, Jan. 3 at Polytech.