Caleb Matthews came up clutch for the Smyrna Eagles Saturday night, shooting the lights out from three, finishing with 30 points to help lead the Eagles over Sussex Tech in the DIAA Boys Basketball Sate Tournament Quarterfinals at the Bob Carpenter Center.
No. 3 Smyrna advanced to the DIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Semifinals on Saturday night, defeating No. 6 Sussex Tech, 74-59.
The Eagles blew things open early, jumping out to a 14-point advantage after just one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Smyrna offense kept rolling and their defense continued to tighten. After holding the Ravens to just six first quarter points, the Eagles allowed only 14 points against in the first half, taking a 45-14 advantage into the halftime time break.
Smyrna continued to pull away in the second half, leading by 27 points heading into the final quarter on Saturday.
Four Eagles finished in double-figures, led by an outstanding performance from Caleb Matthews who dropped 30 points on the Ravens, shooting 7-for-10 from beyond the arc.
Nalik Veasley-Johnson and Jaymeir Garnett posted double-doubles in the victory; Veasley Johnson finished with 14 points and 13 boards, while Garnett ended the night with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Greg Bloodsworth came close to posting a triple-double, finishing with 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
Overall, Smyrna shot 9-for-22 from three and did a lot of damage from the charity stripe, shooting 17-for-25 from the free-throw line.
Jaquan Burton was the high-scorer for Sussex Tech, finishing with 17 points.
The season comes to an end for the Ravens, who posted a 16-4 record during the regular season before earning the No. 6 seed in the state tournament and a first round bye. They’d go on to knock off No. 11 Mt. Pleasant by one in the second round to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are now off to the semifinals Thursday night, where they’ll take on No. 7 Sanford. The Warriors advanced in the last quarterfinal matchup Saturday night, defeating No. 2 Salesianum, 42-36.
Earlier in the day, during the first session of games, No. 5 Caravel Academy snuck past No. 4 William Penn, 58-56, in the opening matchup, while No. 9 St. Elizabeth dealt with No. 17 Glasgow, 66-49 in the second game.
No. 5 Caravel Academy and No. 9 St. Elizabeth will play Thursday in the first of two semiifinal games.