On Senior Night at Smyrna High, the Eagles win to finish the season undefeated in the division and 17-2 overall
On Senior Night for the Smyrna High School boys basketball team tonight against Dover, the Eagles finished the season a perfect 12-0 against Northern Division opponents.
But it wasn't easy.
In a frenzied fourth quarter, the Senators fought back from a 32-27 deficit to tie the game at 39-39 with just under three minutes to play.
But Smyrna's Caleb Matthews hit two foul shots with 2:10 to play for a 41-39 lead.
Then Zubui Nwankwo had a offensive rebound tip-in for a 43-39 Eagle advantage.
The Senators scored on a lay-up to pull to within 43-41 with 7.7 seconds left and then fouled Smyrna's Dymere Richardson to stop the clock with 6.6 seconds to play.
Richardson stepped to the line and sank both free throws for a 45-41 lead and Dover couldn't score as time ran out.
Matthews led the Eagles with 18 points. Nwankwo scored 10. Senior Anthony Watson poured in eight, and senior Zion Cole netted five. Richardson and Jaymeir Garnett added two apiece.
With the win, the Eagles finished the regular season 12-0 in Northern Division games after clinching the division title Wednesday with a win over second-place Cape Henlopen.
Smyrna is 17-2 overall and ranked #1 in the state by The News Journal.
Davis leads Dover
For Dover, Eden Davis scored a team-high 14 points. Javon Peace and Stefan Rush-Wilson poured in eight apiece. Jordan Magee netted five. Jhalil Mosley scored four, and Elijah Allen added two.
The Senators, now 8-11, will celebrate Senior Night on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in the final game of the season at Dover High at 7:15 p.m., against the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security.
Henlopen Conference title game Feb. 24
The Eagles' final regular season game on the schedule against A.I. duPont has been canceled.
The next contest for Smyrna will be the Henlopen Conference title game against Southern Division champ Woodbridge on Friday, Feb. 24 at Cape Henlopen High School at 8 p.m.