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Chargers host Nandua in home opener Friday

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Middlesex senior forward Carnell Bagby gets off a shot in last week’s scrimmage against Gloucester. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

by Tom Hardin

The Middlesex High School Chargers varsity boys basketball team has won the past two Conference 42 championships and came within two points of advancing to the state tournament last year.

However, first-year MHS varsity coach Aaron Dodge faces a huge rebuilding job this season as only four players, and one full-time starter, return from last year’s squad. “We have lost a number of players that were significant to our team in the past,” said Dodge.

Lost to graduation are two-year All-Conference standouts Marquez Holmes and Sean Johnson.

“This year we are smaller than we have been in a while and will most likely be the smaller team on the floor in every game we play,” Dodge said. “That means our strengths are going to have to be ball control and quickness.

“Our weakness this year is our size and, coming off what I’ve seen in our two scrimmages, our ability to score,” said Dodge, who replaces Jon Hatch as the Chargers head coach this year. Dodge has been the successful coach of the Middlesex JVs the past several years.

“As far as starters and reserves are concerned, we are trying to figure out a group of five that can play together efficiently and consistently, and that gives us the best chance to win each night,” said Dodge.

Returnees
Leading the four returning players is junior guard Raquan Marshall (5’11”). Marshall is very athletic and physical player who was a second team All-District selection last year when he averaged 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

Junior forward Demetre South (5’11”) came on strong in the second half of the season last year and is a rebounding and defensive force.

Junior guard Carlos Marshall (5’9”) is extremely quick and also played well toward the end of the season, especially in postseason play. Marshall is a good defender and 3-point shooter.

Senior forward Carnell Bagby (6’2”) earned a few starts last year and played a pivotal role in Middlesex’s win over Mathews in the Conference 42 championship game.

Newcomers
Junior guard Mike Epps (5’11”), Junior forward Deandre Jessie (6’2”), freshman center Jaden Reed (6’0”), freshman guard Jo’mari Gonzalez (5’10”) and sophomore center Gregory Dungee (5’11”) all were standouts on last year’s MHS JV team.

Also battling for playing time are senior guard Deamonte Sutton (5’8”), senior forward Chipper Anderson (5’10”), and sophomore center Sean Domalik (6’2”).

Middlesex assistant coaches are David Scott, Mike Reed and JV coach LaMar Gresham.

The Chargers will host Nandua of the Eastern Shore on Friday, December 2, in their season opener. The JV game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

MHS Boys Basketball Schedule
  • Dec. 2, Nandua, 5:30/6:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 5, at Essex, 6/7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6, Lancaster, 6/7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9, King William, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Dec. 12, Essex, 6/7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 13, at Carver, 6 p.m. (varsity)
  • Dec. 16, at K&Q, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 3, Mathews, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 6, Charles City, 7 p.m. (varsity)
  • Jan. 10, West Point, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 12, Northumberland, 6/7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, at Lancaster, 6/7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17, at King William, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 20, Carver, 6 p.m. (varsity)
  • Jan. 24, King & Queen, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 27, at Mathews, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Jan. 31, at Ch. City, 7 p.m. (varsity)
  • Feb. 3, at West Point, 5:30/7 p.m.
  • Feb. 10, at North’d, 6/7:30 p.m.

posted 11.30.2016

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