Chargers get first win
The Middlesex High boys varsity basketball team got its first win of the season on December 17, 51-50 over Rappahannock High in Warsaw.
The Chargers were behind 20-14 at the end of the first quarter, but fought back to take a 27-23 lead at the half.
The Chargers led throughout the second half until the Raiders surged ahead with about two minutes to play. “From that point on we made key plays with Davonne Bryant hitting a big 3-pointer with just over a minute left,” said MHS coach Patrick Weller. “We switched defenses effectively in the last minute to keep them off balance.”
With the Chargers leading by a point, Rappahannock had possession of the ball for the last 50 seconds but only got one shot with about 7 seconds left. The Raiders missed the shot and the rebound bounded away with neither team able to really gain control before the final buzzer sounded.
“It was a great learning experience for the guys to pull out a close one,” Weller said. “We battled back from behind twice during the game which says a lot about the toughness that this group of young men possess.
“We took care of the ball and had only 13 turnovers in the game,” he said.
This helped to offset another so-so shooting night (41%) for the Chargers.
Senior guard Michael Bess had a terrific floor game with 7 assists, 2 steals and only 1 turnover in about 29 minutes of action. He also scored 3 points.
Bryant was a big spark offensively, going 3 for 3 from 3-point range and scoring 17 points and grabbing 2 rebounds.
Ryheem Lockley was the leading scorer for MHS with 18 points and also had 5 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. The Chargers also got important contributions from Markus Hammond, Scott Payne and Jasper Smith off the bench.
Cody Hunter scored 7 points and Jeremiah Morris, Hammond and Payne tallied 2 apiece. Hammond and Payne each had 3 rebounds and Hunter grabbed 2.
The Chargers participate in the MHS Holiday Tournament December 28-29 in Saluda (see related article) and will host the Rappahannock Raiders on Tuesday, January 5.