Roundup: Smyrna boys top Dover 45-41 to finish unbeaten in North

Caleb Matthews netted 18 points as Smyrna High edged Dover, 45-41, in boys’ basketball on Friday night to finish unbeaten in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.

The Eagles (12-0 North, 17-2 overall), who have won 12 games in a row, next face South champion Woodbridge on Friday at 8 p.m. at Cape Henlopen in the Henlopen Conference championship game.

Azubuike Nwankwo added 10 points for Smyrna, which led 32-27 going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles’ 45-point total was their lowest of the season.

Eden Davis tallied a team-high 14 points for the Senators, who have lost eight games by five points or less.

Caesar Rodney 80, Polytech 50: The Riders (14-6) closed the regular season with a North victory. It was their third straight win.

Cape Henlopen 74, Sussex Central 42: Four Vikings finished in double figures in Cape’s North victory.

Cory Barnes (16 points), Jerry Harden (13), Randy Rickards (12) and Ian Robertson (10) led the Vikings (13-6), who built a 37-point lead after three quarters.

Ethan Lambert tallied 12 points for the Golden Knights.

Indian River 44, Laurel 42: The Indians outscored the Bulldogs, 15-10, in the fourth quarter to rally for the Henlopen South win.

Kevin Custis netted 12 points with Isaiah Bratton scoring 11 for IR.

Laurel’s Brandon Faulk finished with nine points.

Lake Forest 78, Wilm. Christian 31: Isaiah Morris and Ahmanuel White netted 19 points apiece to pace the Spartans to the nonconference win on Thursday.

Lake Forest, which finishes the regular season with a record 12-8, outscored the Warriors by a combined 43-16 in the second and third quarters.

Cameron Lewis added 14 points for the Spartans. White sank five of Lake’s eight three-pointers.

Woodbridge 63, Delmar 21: The Raiders (17-2) scored the first 23 points of the contest as they finished 14-0 in the Henlopen South.

Girls’ basketball

Caesar Rodney 71, Polytech 30: The Riders jumped out to a 30-7 first-quarter lead as they finished the regular season with a six-game winning streak.

North champion CR (19-1) next plays South winner Laurel in the Henlopen Conference championship game on Friday at Cape Henlopen at 6 p.m.

Victoria Sebastian (15 points), Kyle Kornegay-Lucas (14), Brionna Brooks (14), Alexis Reid (12) and Alissa Haith (12) all scored in double figures for the Riders. Reid sank four three-pointers with Sabastian adding three.

Tamia Mathias scored eight points to lead the Panthers.

Lake Forest 58, St. Georges 42: The Spartans picked up a nonconference victory on Thursday.

College baseball

Delaware State 9, Charleston Southern 2: The Hornets scored six runs in the first three innings before winning their season opener on Friday.

Pitchers Lane DeLeon (Sussex Tech) and Travis Dill (Caesar Rodney) combined for nine strikeouts without allowing an earned run as DelState won its opener for the first time since 2009.

Newcomer Ciaran Devenney was 2-for-4 with two RBI in his collegiate debut, Austin Bentley had three hits and Todd Henry drove in two runs to highlight DSU’s nine-hit attack.

Darnel Maisonet got the Hornets off to a quick start with a two-out solo homer in the top of the first inning. Maisonet had only one home run in 156 at-bats as a freshman in 2016.

Pittsburgh 5, Delaware 3: The Blue Hens’ ninth-inning rally fell short in their season opener in Florida.

Trailing by four in its last at-bat, Delaware scored twice before standing a pair of runners.

The Hens are now 7-10 in season openers under coach Jim Sherman. Friday’s loss snapped an eight-start unbeaten streak for starter Brandon Walter.

College basketball

WOMEN, Northeastern 50, Delaware 41: Junior Makeda Nicholas registered a career-high six blocked shots, but the Blue Hens struggled offensively in the CAA loss.

Nicholas finished with her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds while recording all of Delaware’s blocks.

Senior Erika Brown added 11 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As a team, the Hens (14-11, 8-6 CAA) shot only 26.8 percent on 15-of-56 shooting from the floor. The Huskies didn’t fare much better at 32.0 percent (16-of-50), but capitalized from behind the arc.

College softball

Blue Hens earn split: Delaware fell to Marshall 5-2 before responding with a 3-1 victory over Bethune-Cookman as the Blue Hens split their first two games at the Orange Blossom Invitational.

Delaware took control early against Bethune-Cookman (1-5) by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Blue Hen pitcher Jordan Cargile (1-3) made the lead hold up, as she gave up just one run on two hits while going the distance.

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