Roundup: Last-second hoop lifts Smyrna boys past Wm. Penn

Andrew Mears was hoping for the best in that situation.

But the Smyrna High boys’ basketball coach was also preparing for the worst on Thursday night.

So, with the Eagles trailing by a point and senior Ja’vier Worthy at the foul line with just one second left, Mears got his big men prepared for a tip-in possibility.

Sure enough, Worthy’s free throw bounced off the rim but freshman Jaymeir Garnett was there to knock in the rebound at the buzzer and give Smyrna a thrilling 58-57 victory over the Colonials in a nonconference matchup.

The Eagles erupted after the game-winning basket, running onto the court to celebrate with Garnett.

“The joy I get is just watching the kids celebrate it,” said Mears. “As a coach, it’s always just a relief when you win. But for the boys it’s definitely a time when they can celebrate and be kids.”

Smyrna (2-0) had edged William Penn by three in the second round of last year’s state tournament. In the rematch, the Eagles were up by eight at halftime and still led by seven going into the fourth quarter.

But William Penn rallied to hold a slim lead in the final four minutes.

The Colonials were up by two when Worthy was fouled with one second on the clock. He made his first free throw before William Penn called timeout.
That’s when Mears talked to his big men about being ready under the basket. Garnett stands 6-foot-3.

“Jaymeir just did a heck of a job getting in the lane and then had a soft touch to just tip that thing in as the horn sounded,” said Mears.

“It’s big,” he added. “We definitely went into that game with a lot of respect for who they (the Colonials) were. It was a great opportunity just to see how we responded to a team like that early in the season. Obviously I couldn’t be any more thrilled with the final play.”

Worthy, who was 5-of-6 from the foul line, and sophomore Caleb Matthews both scored 15 points for Smyrna while Garnett added 10. Matthews sank four of the Eagles’ six three-pointers with Worthy adding the other two.

St. Thomas More 68, Brandywine 44: Four players scored in double figures as the Ravens (2-1) rolled to their second straight victory.

Aaron Scott (16 points), Kobe Morris (15), Gregory Bloodsworth (11) and Zion Cole (10) all led the way for St. Thomas More, which built a 38-23 halftime lead.

Milford 36, St. Andrew’s 33: Henry Nesmith netted 16 points to lead the Buccaneers to the nonconference win.

He was the only Milford player to finish with more than five points for Milford in the low-scoring contest.

The Bucs led 27-21 going into the fourth quarter. Six of St. Andrew’s 13 field goals were three-pointers.

Girls’ basketball

Smyrna 51, Appoquinimink 45: Jayla Smith tallied 18 points as the Eagles (2-1) posted their second win in a row.

Melena Credle added 13 points while Ashunte Manigo had 10 for Smyrna. The two teams combined to make just 14-of-48 free throws in the contest.

Hodgson 39, St. Thomas More 27: Freshman Sasha Marvel tallied 12 points for the Ravens in the loss.


Dover 38, Sussex Tech 34: Heavyweight Tyler Rosello’s 5-4 decision in the match’s final bout gave the Senators the Henlopen North win on Wednesday night.

Dover had led 35-6 after getting pins from Mattew O’Neal (103) and Taquee Williams (126).

But the Ravens reeled off 28 straight points to close within 35-34 going into the final match. Colin Bergh (182) and Marvin Spady (195) both had pins for Sussex Tech.

Cape Henlopen 62, Lake Forest 9: In a match held on Wednesday night, the Vikings posted nine pins in picking up the nonconference victory.

Holden Kramer (182 pounds) had a 46-second pin for the quickest of the falls.

Also winning by pin were Anthony Caruso (113), Gabriel Jaquet (120), Maxwell Norquest (126), Vincent Diego (138), Jose Ascencio (145), Cory Lawson (160), Christopher Handlin (170) and Joel Torres (195).

The Spartans started the match with a 42-second pin from Tony Williams (220) and led 9-0 after two matches.

College basketball

WOMEN, Georgetown 61, Delaware 50: The Hoyas (6-2) pulled away over the last three quarters to top the Blue Hens (4-4).

Freshman Nicole Enabosi collected a game-high seven blocked shots to go along with 10 rebounds, seven points and two steals for Delaware. Junior Erika Brown and redshirt sophomore Sadé Chatman each posted 11 points and four rebounds.

The Hens held a 16-15 lead with an 11-8 advantage on the boards in the first quarter.

College football

DSU’s Sherrod earns honor: Delaware State junior defensive end Gabe Sherrod has been named to the BOXTOROW HBCU All-America team, in voting by Black College coaches and media members.

Sherrod was tops in the MEAC and second among all NCAA FCS players in tackles-for-loss at 2.3 per game. He had 25 total tackles behind the line-of-scrimmage for minus-116 yards during the 2015 season.

In addition, Sherrod was third in the MEAC and 18th in the nation in sacks at 0.73 per game (eight total) this past season. His 2015 totals also included two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks and four quarterback hurries.

Hens’ Curtis honored: Delaware senior offensive tackle Ben Curtis, who started each of his final 40 football games, was honored with a spot on the College Sports Madness NCAA FCS All-American team.

Curtis was selected to the CSM third team and was one of 13 Colonial Athletic Association student-athletes named to the three teams. Curtis was a four-year starter and was the lone Blue Hen selected to the All-CAA first team this year.

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