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Chargers down Raiders, K&Q

by Tom Hardin

Catch the action from the Chargers’ victory over King & Queen in their first district game.
A great start to their Tidewater District season.

That’s what the Middlesex High Chargers had Tuesday night as five players scored in double figures in a resounding 74-40 home win over King and Queen.

The Chargers (1-0, 4-3) shot a sizzling 53% from the field, had 21 assists and 21 steals in what MHS coach Patrick Weller called “a total team effort.”

Middlesex started slowly but outscored the Tigers 24-10 in the second quarter behind an aggressive defense to take a 40-21 commanding lead at halftime and were never threatened the rest of the way.

“Offensively, for the most part, we did a great job of making the extra pass and finding the open man for a wide open shot,” said Weller. Defensively, we did a nice job pressuring the ball as we recorded 21 steals, a lot of which we concerted into easy baskets.”

Guard Davonne Bryant hit 5 of 7 shots from the floor and scored a team-high 13 points. Guard Michael Bess made 3 of 5 three-point attempts and scored 11. Also in double figures were Jaspar Smith, Jeremiah Morris Morris and Tayvon Mourning with 10 points each.

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Middlesex center Tayvon Mourning dunks for 2 of his 10 points in Tuesday’s win over King and Queen. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
“It was important for guys like Jeremiah, Jasper and Tayvon to step up for us offensively after our leading scorer, Ryheem Lockley, got in early foul trouble and played limited minutes in the game,” said Weller.

Lockley finished with 6 points and 6 rebounds.

Morris made 5 of 7 field goal attempts and Mourning was 4 for 5. Mourning also had 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

Bess had 7 assists and 5 steals, and Bryant had 4 assists and 4 steals.

Others to score for MHS were Markus Hammond with 4 points, and Stanley Redmon, Kris Baylor, Scott Payne, Jeremy Rich and Cody Hunter with 2 each.

“It was an excellent game for us as we head into the meat of the schedule,” said Weller. “ We have an incredibly tough five-game stretch in front of us.  Our district is wide open and it’s going to come down to which team can protect their home floor and steal a game or two on the road. 

“Having won four of our last five games will hopefully give us a little confidence for the upcoming important stretch of the season,” continued Weller.  “When we play our game, which is intensity on defense and execution on offense, I like what I see.”

On January 5, the Chargers recorded a 46-36 home win over Rappahannock.

Middlesex led by only 3 points heading into the fourth quarter but held the Raiders scoreless over the next six minutes to take control of the game.

“It was a great team defensive effort that helped us win the game,” said Weller. “Markus Hammond and Tayvon Morning both gave us a big defensive spark coming off the bench. “
Lockley led the Chargers with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals; Bryant had 12 points and 4 assists; and Bess added 7 points, 4 steals and 3 assists.

Hammond tallied 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals; Mourning had 5 rebounds; Morris, 5 points; and Baylor 1 point.

The January 8 game at King William was postponed due to snow and will be made up on Friday, February 12.

The Chargers will visit Mathews this Friday, January 15, and will host Lancaster on Tuesday, January 19.  A previously cancelled game at Essex will be played on Monday, January 25. A make-up date has not been determined for the Chargers’ home game against Essex.

posted 01.13.2010

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