On a night when Caleb Matthews’ long-range shot was off, the Smyrna guard still scored 16 points with 8 assists in a 52-36 Henlopen North-clinching win over Cape Henlopen.
Matthews could not connect on any shot from behind the arc, but two of his over the head passes from beyond the stripe led to easy layups for his teammates.
After Cape jumped ahead 9-4 on Randy Rickards’ shot over 7’2″ Zubi Nwankwo, Smyrna scored the final six points of the first quarter, including a pick-and-roll from Matthews to Nwankwo that began inside the center court circle and ended in an alley-oop slam.
That momentum continued in the second quarter, as Matthews found Jaymeir Garnett and Nwankwo for layups, as a 12-2 run gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Cape made a run early in the 3rd quarter, as Rickards hit a pair of three-pointers as part of an 11-point night, but the Vikings could not get any closer than 8 points.
Matthews hit his 8th assist on a pass to Nwankwo, who flirted with a triple-double, and the division title was secured.
Nwankwo finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 blocks for Smyrna (16-2), who can complete a perfect Henlopen North run with a victory over Dover Friday at 7:15 on WDEL.
Garnett added 14 points, with Anthony Watson dropping 12 for the Eagles.
Ian Robertson hit a pair of 1st quarter three-pointers for Cape Henlopen (12-6), who wrap up their Henlopen North schedule at home against Sussex Central on Friday.