Sussex County Delaware

William Penn
Reclaims Title

 
Boys State Tournament ...

Smith Sparks Colonials
with Title Game Record

Photo: William Penn's Devin Smith

Devin Smith concluded his dominating performance in the 2001 Delaware state high school boys' basketball tournament with a state championship game record 38 points as William Penn reclaimed the state title with a 73-53 victory over Cinderella Newark on Saturday, March 10, 2001.

William Penn's Devin SmithThe title win at the University of Delaware's Carpenter Center was the Colonials' third since 1993. They also won in 1999 and 1994.They concluded their season at 17-6.

Smith shattered the previous record of 34 points set by Brandywine's Rich Schatzman way back in 1977. The William Penn center also came within two points of the tournament record of 122 points set by Sanford's Ralph Blalock in 1992.

In the 5th-seeded Colonials' four games, Smith scored 29 points in a second round win over St. Elizabeth, 34 in a quarterfinal win over Sussex Central, 19 in a semifinal win over Brandywine, and the 38 in the championship game for a total of 120 points.

Smith also pummeled Newark, the tournament's 15th seed, on the boards with 17 rebounds, and shot 16-for-21 from the floor in the most dominating individual performance ever in a state championship game.

In addition to the record for most points in a championship game, he also broke the 1997 record of Seaford's Andrew Matthews for most field goals in a championship game.

Guard Shane Hairston added 9 points for William Penn, which was appearing in its third straight championship game, its fourth straight Final Four, and its sixth championship game and its seventh Final Four since 1993.

The Colonials led 46-38 after three quarters before blowing the game open in the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets, who finished at 15-11, were led in the championship game by Terry Alls' 23 points. Lamont Davis added 14.

Newark reached the title game with a 65-64 victory over defending state champion and No. 3 seed A.I. DuPont on Thursday, March 8. The Yellow Jackets also knocked off No. 2 McKean in the second round, No. 10 Glasgow in the quarterfinals, and No. 18 Delmar in the first round.

William Penn moved into the finals with a 76-44 win over No. 17 Brandywine in its semifinal matchup.

William Penn reached the championship for the fourth straight season and the sixth time since 1993. The Colonials last won the title in 1999 but lost to A.I. DuPont last season. Since 1993, the Colonials have now appeared in seven Final Fours.

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