Video & photos -- The Eagles led 33-20 at halftime, but the Vikings outscored Smyrna 33-18 in the second half for the victory in the season opener for both teams.

In the boys basketball season opener tonight, Cape Henlopen came back from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Smyrna 53-51 at Smyrna High School.

The Eagles jumped out to a 14-11 first-quarter lead and extended the advantage to 33-20 at the half.

In the third quarter, Cape chipped away, cutting the gap to 41-37.

The Vikings tied the score at 41-41 with 6:42 left to play in the fourth quarter.

After a three-pointer gave the Vikings a 44-41 advantage, they never trailed again, opening a five-point lead with under a minute to play and hanging on for the win.

Kristoffer Rushin led Cape with  21 points, while Ethan Pires scored 12 and Ja'Vaughn Burton netted 8.

For the Eagles, Izaiah Credle led the way with 14 points, while Nahshon Sylvester and Jakir Hampton each scored 10. 

Cape hit 11 of 14 free throws, while the Eagles went 10 for 21 from the foul line.

NEXT GAMES

Smyrna at home vs. Dover Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Cape Henlopen at Polytech Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:45 p.m. The team's home game against Sussex Central, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 4, has been postponed until Friday, Jan. 4.