In a battle of two of the state's top-ranked teams, the Eagles lost to the Vikings Friday night.

In a battle of two of the state's top-ranked teams, the Smyrna High School boys basketball team lost to Cape Henlopen Friday night in Smyrna.

The Eagles entered the game with an 8-1 record, while the Vikings were 7-2.

Smyrna had defeated Cape in the season opener Dec. 1 by the score of 64-55.

Friday night, the Vikings got revenge, downing the Eagles 74-51.

Cape took a 14-12 lead after the first quarter, and then outscored the Eagles 17-7 in the second for a 12-point advantage at halftime.

By the end of the third quarter, the Vikings extended their lead to 50-33 and cruised to the 23-point win.

Now both teams are 8-2 overall, and 5-1 in the Northern Division.

Jaymeir Garnett led Smyrna with 17 points, and Greg Bloodsworth scored 13. Caleb Matthews poured in 11. Nalik Veasley-Johnson scored eight, and Nahshon Sylvester added two.

NEXT GAME: Smyrna is scheduled to host Dover Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 p.m.