The 2016-17 Smyrna boy’s basketball team started the state playoff tournament as the fifth seed. The Eagles rode that all the way to the first state championship in school history.
Smyrna begins the road to a title defense this Friday when they open the season at Cape Henlopen. The Eagles return Caleb Matthews for his senior season. Matthews is a first team all-state guard. Head Coach Andrew Mears won’t have the inside presence of Azubuike Nwankwo. The seven foot two inch center transferred to an out-of state school. Still Mears believes he has enough fire power for another title run.
“This year we are playing with a target so there is no hiding,” Mears said. “There are a lot of people who are going to give us our best and we’ll be prepared.”