VIDEO - 4th-quarter upset for champions
The No. 9 St. Elizabeth Vikings claimed their first-ever DIAA Boys Basketball State Championship, coming from behind to defeat champions Smyrna, 60-49, Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Eagles led the majority of the way Saturday afternoon, but were outscored 19-6 in the final stanza by St. Elizabeth.
Smyrna and St. E’s were tied at 13-13 after one quarter, but the Eagles pulled out to a five-point lead at halftime, 29-24. The Vikings cut into the Eagles’ lead in the third, but still trailed by a basket, 43-41, heading into the fourth and final quarter.
In the fourth, Smyrna had a hard time finding shots, going 2-for-9 from the field in the quarter after shooting near 50 percent most of the game. The Vikings capitalized, shooting over 70 percent from the field in the quarter, taking a lead near the midway of the quarter and never looking back.
St. Elizabeth’s Jordan Brown led all scorers with 17 points, while two other Vikings also scored in double-figures; Justin Money finished with 14 points and Nathan Thomas ended the game with 11 points.
Caleb Matthews and Jaymeir Garnett both finished with 16 points apiece for Smyrna while Greg Bloodsworth ended the day nine points.