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Buckingham edges Chargers in double overtime

Middlesex senior guard Michael Bess had 14 points and 6 assists. (Photos by Tom Hardin)

by Tom Hardin

Middlesex and Buckingham battled through four quarters and two overtimes in a classic high school basketball game in the Group A Division 2 State Tournament at the Siegel Center in Richmond Saturday afternoon.

In the end, the experienced Knights of Buckingham (21-3) came away with a 73-65 win over the Chargers of Middlesex (12-10) to advance to the state semifinals.

Middlesex freshman forward Ryheem Lockley dominated action around the basket with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Check back soon for video from the game.
Middlesex played with poise and shot 52% from the field in taking a 30-22 lead at halftime.

The Chargers pushed the lead to 39-30 on a Ryheem Lockley free throw with 2:48 left in the third quarter.

Buckingham then rallied behind a pressure defense and excellent shooting to slowly carve away at the Middlesex lead. The Knights finally tied the game at 43-43 on a 3-pointer by Caleb White with 5:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

Davonne Bryant hit two 3-pointers to put MHS up 49-45 with 3:50 remaining, but the Knights would not go away. They rallied to cut the Charger lead to 51-50 on a steal and layup by Taylor Boyers with less than a minute to play.

Bess made a steal with 24 seconds to play and was fouled. He made one of two free throws to give MHS a 52-50 lead.

With only 12 seconds remaining, Harry Eldridge drove the lane for Buckingham and made a fall-away 10-footer to tie the game at 52-52 and send it to overtime.

In the first overtime, Buckingham had a 58-54 lead when Bess made a clutch 3-point play on a drive to the basket to cut the Knights’ lead to 58-57 with 1:49 remaining.

Lockley calmly nailed two free throws with 1:11 left to put MHS in front 59-58.

A Boyers basket put the Knights back up 60-59, and Lockley responded by making one of two free throws with 31 seconds to play to tie the game 60-60.

Buckingham got off a shot at the buzzer but it was swatted away by Middlesex’s Markus Hammond and the two teams headed to a second overtime.

Good shooting by the Knights and turnovers by the Chargers was the story of the second overtime. Buckingham took a 66-60 lead with 1:15 remaining and the Chargers would not get closer than four points the rest of the way.

The Chargers shot 52% in the first half and only 30% in the second half. Buckingham shot 39% in the first half and a sizzling 62% in the second half.

The Chargers had 6 turnovers in the first half and 11 in the second half for a total of 17 turnovers. The Knights had 16 turnovers in the game, but only 7 in the second half. 

MHS did not attempt a free throw in the first half, but made 12 of 16 in the second half. The Knights managed to make only 12 of 21 free throws in the game.

Ryheem Lockley led Middlesex with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. The 6’4” freshman also made 2 of 3 three-point attempts.

Michael Bess played an outstanding floor game against the Knights’ pressure defense and had 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Davonne Bryant nailed 4 of 10 three-point attempts for 12 points and also had 3 steals.

Tayvon Morning tallied 4 points, Cody Hunter had 3, and Jeremiah Morris 2.

Markus Hammond gave the Chargers energy on defense and collected 8 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.

Tarian Ayers and Caleb White paced Buckingham with 18 points apiece, and Taylor Boyers added 14.

Buckingham will play the winner of the Lebanon-James River game at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12, at the Siegel Center.

Region A champion Essex also lost its state quarterfinal game against Dan River, but a final score was not available at press time.

For more details on the Middlesex-Buckingham game, see the March 11 issue of the Southside Sentinel. 

Check back soon for video from the game.

posted 03.07.2010

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