Local Roundup: Smyrna boys top Sussex Tech; Golden Knight girls edge Dover

Smyrna’s Caleb Matthews goes high and looks to pass to an open teammate with Jaquan Burton trying to block. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Smyrna High outscored Sussex Tech by 15 points in the second half to pull away to a 66-52 victory over the Ravens in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division boys’ basketball showdown on Tuesday evening.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Sussex Tech (6-3, 13-3 overall) while the Eagles (9-1, 12-2) won their fourth in a row.

Jaymeir Garnett tallied a game-high 24 points to lead Smyrna, which beat Sussex Tech for the second time this season. Greg Bloodsworth had 16 points and Nalik Veasley-Johnson added 12.

Sussex Tech was led by Jaquan Burton’s 20 points while Elshaddai Mifflin scored 10. The Ravens sank seven three-pointers, including four from Burton.

Dover 67, Sussex Central 42: The Senators grabbed a 36-24 halftime lead before posting their second-straight victory.

Cape Henlopen 72, Polytech 54: Randy Rickards poured in 30 points as the Vikings picked up the North victory.

Smyrna head coach Andrew Mears goes over game plan during a timeout in the 2nd half. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Cape was up 57-28 going into the fourth quarter. Sh’Kai Chandler (15), Ian Robertson (11) and Skylar Johnson (11) also scored in double figures.

The Panthers made nine three-pointers in the game, including five from Kavii Woodruff (17) and three from Brandin Obidike (18).

Woodbridge 109, Sussex Academy 38: Kejon Mosley netted 31 points for the Blue Raiders, who tallied 38 points in the first quarter alone.

Hassan Corbin (18) and Tyrin Hammond (13) also reached double digits as 11 Woodbridge players scored in the South contest.

Jake Anthony led the Seahawks with 16 points.

Indian River 62, Seaford 47: Jamier Felton netted 30 points to lead the Indians to the South win.

Dominick Conquest of Sussex Tech drives around Smyrna’s Nalik veasley-Johnson and looks to pass in the first half. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

IR, which also got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Ja’Shaun Johnson, outscored the Blue Jays, 33-14, in the second half to overcome a six-point halftime deficit.

Ethan Lambert scored 22 to lead Seaford with Quintae Sykes scoring 10.

Laurel 59, Lake Forest 53: Eric Pliot’s 17 points led the Bulldogs to the Henlopen South victory.

Holsen Ulysse (11) and Da’ Jion Garrison (10) also led Laurel, which avenged a 46-point to Lake Forest early in the season.

Ahmanuel White paced the Spartans with 17 points with Thomas Hoskins scoring 14.

St. Thomas More 49, Red Lion Christian 45: The Ravens outscored Red Lion, 33-23, in the second half to pull out the victory.

Alvin West (18) and Joshua Hayward (12) led the way for St, Thomas More (8-6), which won its third straight game. West made three of the Ravens’ six threes.

Girls’ basketball

Sussex Central 44, Dover 42: The Senators outscored the Golden Knights, 17-6, in the fourth quarter before falling short in the North matchup.

Caleb Matthews of Smyrna drives the baseline past Sussex Tech’s Jaquan Burton in the first quarter of game Tuesday night. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

Azayah Garrison (13 points) and Raeonna Stratton (10) led Central, which held a 14-0 advantage after the first quarter.

Ashley Manifold scored nine points for Dover.

Cape Henlopen 73, Polytech 46: Sydney Pederson netted 20 points, sinking five three-pointers, as the Vikings posted their fourth win in the last five games.

Cape, which led 57-26 after three quarters, also got double-digit scoring from Dania Cannon (14) and Niyashja Mosley (10).

Jasmin Kellam (13) and Courtney Turner (12) paced the Panthers.

Delmar 36, Milford 27: The Wildcats built a 28-14 advantage going into the fourth quarter before holding on for the South victory.

Shaniya Briddell tallied a team-high nine points for Delmar.

Vanasha Daniels scored nine points to lead the Buccaneers.

College football

UD’s Nichols invited to Combine: Delaware’s Bilal Nichols has earned an invitation to next month’s NFL combine in Indianapolis.

The defensive tackle becomes just the seventh University of Delaware player to earn an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, joining Nick Boyle (2015), Zach Kerr (2014), Joe Flacco (2008), Pat Devlin (2011), Ben Patrick (2007) and Eddie Conti (1999).

The NFL Scouting Combine will include over 300 of the top college football players in the country. Top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments, and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand.

“Getting invited to the combine is a tremendous honor and another chance to represent the University of Delaware,” Nichols said. “The past two weeks with the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl were great experiences and opportunities for me, and I am looking at the Combine the same way. I am very excited. I can’t wait to get out to Indianapolis.”

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