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|Middlesex forward Jeremiah Morris scored a season-high 12 points against West Point.|
A spirited Middlesex rally fell short Monday night as the Chargers varsity basketball team lost 56-50 to a good Essex team in Tappahannock.
The Trojans jumped to a 9-point halftime lead but the Chargers cut the gap to only 2 points (37-35) at the end of the third quarter. Essex outscored MHS 19-15 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
The Chargers had 24 turnovers in the game but MHS coach Patrick Weller was encouraged by his team’s performance. “We had a real good effort against a good Essex team,” said Weller. “I was more pleased with the effort in this loss than event in some of the games we have won.”
Senior guard Michael Bess had a season-high 25 points for Middlesex, including five 3-pointers. “Hopefully that will be a break-out game for Michael and really spark him to a great second half of the season,” said Weller. “ We need him to be a double-figure scorer every night for this team to be successful.”
Forward Cody Hunter had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 assists for the Chargers; Davonne Bryant, 7 points, 3 steals and 2 assists; Markus Hammond, 4 points and 5 rebounds; and Jeremiah Morris, 2 points 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Bess also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Chargers’ top scorer on the year, freshman forward Ryheem Lockley, did not play.
The Chargers (1-2, 4-7) will host King William (3-1, 4-8) this Friday, January 29, at MHS. They will visit King and Queen (0-4, 0-10) on Tuesday, February 2; and will host Mathews (4-1, 8-6) on Friday, February 2. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.
The Chargers trailed by only a point (30-29) in the third quarter at West Point (2-2, 6-7) last Friday before the Pointers went on a 12-0 run to take control of the game. “That was a terrible two-minute stretch where we turned it over on four straight possessions and missed two short jumpers in the lane on two other possessions while West Point scored on all six of those possessions,” said MHS coach Patrick Weller. “That was the turning point in the game.
“With our struggles on the offensive end, we have to do our best to keep scores in the 50s,” continued Weller. “Once we get behind we have to try to scramble to catch up. This opens up the floor defensively against quality teams and is usually a recipe for disaster.”
Jeremiah Morris tallied a career-high 12 points for MHS and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ryheem Lockley and Davonne Bryant each scored 11, Cody Hunter had 7, Michael Bess 4, Jaspar Smith 3, and Tayvon Morning 2.
Bryant and Lockley had 5 rebounds apiece, and Bess had 5 assists.
The Chargers battled undefeated Lancaster (13-0), ranked fifth in the State Group A poll, throughout the first half and trailed by only 9 points at intermission on January 19 at LHS.
The athletic Red Devils, however, outscored MHS 19-9 in the third quarter to break the game open.
Cody Hunter tallied 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots to pace MHS; Jeremiah Morris, 8 points and 3 rebounds; Michael Bess, 7 points; Ryheem Lockley, 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 3 assists; Tayvon Morning, 4 points; Jaspar Smith and Davonne Bryant, 2 points each; and Stanley Redmon, 3 rebounds.
On the season, the Chargers are 1-2 in Tidewater District play and 4-7 overall. Lockley is the team’s top scorer with 12 points per game, followed by Hunter at 8.8, Bryant at 8.5, Bess at 8.3 and Morris at 6.3
Lockley is averaging a team-high 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per contest, while also averaging 2.1 steals and 1.5 assists.
Morning is averaging 4 .8 rebounds per game and Hunter is at 4.0.
Bess leads the team in assists with 3.5 per game and steals with 2.6 per contest. Bess has connected on 37% of his 3-point shot attempts.
Hunter is shooting 55% from the field and Lockley is at 46%.
Bryant is the team’s top free shooter at 79%.