Greg Bloodsworth scored 27 points in his Smyrna debut and Caleb Matthews added 26 more as the defending champions pulled away from Cape Henlopen and his new teammate Greg Bloodsworth 64-55 Friday night.
Cape Henlopen tried to take advantage of a Smyrna lineup only returning Matthews from the top part of last year’s rotation, with Randy Rickards scoring 7 points to give the hosts an 18-11 lead after the opening 8 minutes.
Matthews’ hit on a traditional three-point play to start the second quarter, which vaulted Smyrna into a 17-5 run to take the lead with 3 minutes to go before halftime.
Izaiah Dadzie counter-punched for Cape with his own three-pointer, and then he drove to the hoop in the final seconds to finish a 10-4 burst and give the hosts a 33-32 lead at halftime.
Matthews took over from there, burying three quick three-pointers in the first 2:30 of the third quarter, as they started the half on a 15-1 to seize control of the game for good.
Bloodsworth’s 5th three-pointer of the game, and subsequent jumper, finished off a 24-5 run to stretch the lead to 18 going into the final quarter.
Cape made another run, getting as close as 58-50 on Randy Rickards’ dunk with 3:30 left, but Cape could not get closer the rest of the way.
Both Matthews and Bloodsworth hit 5 three-pointers for Smyrna, who played without Jaymeir Garnett, who watched the game in street clothes from the bench. Zubi Nwankwo, their star center from a year ago, transferred out of state.