Second quarter run propels Smyrna over Cape

Glenn FrazerHeadlines, Sports

Smyrna basketball Chase Sullivan attempts a jump shot against Cape Henlopen, photo courtesy of Ben Fulton


(Smyrna, DE)   The Smyrna Eagles used a 12-0 second quarter run to break open a close game en route to an easy 52-25 boys hoops win Wednesday night.

The Eagles led 10-3 after the opening quarter, but Cape Henlopen fought back thanks to baskets by Jacob Schell and Jameson Tingle, plus Tingle’s three point shot to pull within 12-10 midway through the second. That’s when Smyrna dialed up good defensive pressure, and forced turnovers that led to a 12-0 run to go up 24-10 with two minutes left in the quarter. Freshman Aaron Johnson, Maurice Kilgoe, and Chase Sullivan paced the Eagles in the decisive run that basically put the game away. Smyrna took a 28-13 advantage into the locker room and increased their lead to as many as 24 points in the final quarter.

Cape Henlopen coach Steve Re has a very young team that struggled to knock down some open looks at the basket. His Vikings defeated Smyrna 61-44 on their home floor in December, but this time Smyrna turned the tables with a decisive 52-25 final score. 

Nine different players scored in the game for Smyrna as head coach Andrew Mears’ squad displayed a balanced offensive effort. O-B Coleman and Chase Sullivan both scored 10 points, Aaron Johnson added 7 (all in the 2nd quarter), while Maurice Kilgoe and Ryan Jones each had 6 points. The Eagles improved to 6-2 (4-1 in the Henlopen-North). Smyrna has already surpassed last season’s win total by 3 games.

Cape Henlopen dropped its fifth straight game, after winning the first three games in December. The Vikings are 3-5 overall, 2-3 in the Henlopen North. Geordan Downing, Jacob Schell, and Jameson Tingle led the Vikings with 6 points a piece.

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