The Bucs jumped out to a 14-11 first-quarter lead, but the Eagles took control of the game with a 24-point barrage in the third quarter.

Milford jumped out to a 14-11 first-quarter lead, but then Smyrna surged in front by halftime and pulled away for a 71-38 win in the second round of the boys basketball state tournament tonight in Smyrna.

The Bucs advanced to the second round with a 50-45 victory over Red Lion Christian Academy on Wednesday. Smyrna received a first-round bye.

The Eagles, seeded #5 in the tournament, took control of tonight's game in the third quarter, outscoring the #12 Buccaneers 24-10 including a key series at the end of the period.

Leading 46-31 with under a minute to play in the third, Smyrna scored to go up 48-31. Then the Eagles stole the ball and Anthony Watson nailed a three-pointer to give Smyrna a 51-31 advantage at the end of the period.

The Eagles outscored Milford 20-7 in the fourth quarter in the 33-point victory.

Watson scored 19 for the Eagles, while Caleb Matthews led all players with 27 points.

Brion Murray scored 14 points to lead Milford which finished the season with a record of 13-9.

Smyrna (20-2) advances to the state tournament quarterfinals on Sunday.