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MHS downs K&Q, Raiders

To host Mathews Friday Night

by Tom Hardin

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Middlesex point guard Davonne Bryant drives past a Colo-nial Beach defender.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
Malcolm Ward and Michael Bess combined for 42 points to lead Middlesex to an impressive 70-48 non-district win at Rappahannock on Jan. 7.

“We probably had our most consistent effort of the season,” said MHS coach Neal Bailey.  “Defensively we were disciplined, yet aggressive and able to convert turnovers into easy baskets. 

Bess had 11 points in the first 4 minutes of the game and the momentum carried throughout the game.  MHS forward Michael Eades did an excellent job neutralizing the size advantage of the Red Raiders.

In an earlier 2-point loss to Rappahannock this year, Eades was injured and didn’t play and the taller Raiders dominated the boards. In this game, that didn’t happen.

Ward finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals, Bess added 20 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Eades had 8 points and an impressive 13 rebounds, while sophomore forward Cody Hunter continued to show improvement with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

The Chargers fell 60-50 at King William on Friday in a Tidewater District game. “I think we had a little bit of a mental letdown,” said Coach Bailey. “We did not shoot the ball well and I think that affected our confidence and hurt us a little on the defensive end.  It was one of those nights and, unfortunately, it happened during district play. 

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MHS forward Cody Hunter gets off a shot against Colonial Beach.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
“We had really played well in the four previous games and I guess we were due for a let down,” said Bailey. “With such a young team, sustaining mental focus over such a long stretch is difficult. I anticipate that the team will respond well to the disappointing performance against King William and play well this week against King and Queen and at home this Friday against Mathews.

Ward paced MHS with 18 points and 6 assists; sophomore Davonne Bryant had 9 points and 2 steals; Eades collected 8 points and 8 rebounds; and Bess had 4 points and 4 steals.

On Tuesday, MHS ripped King and Queen 74-39 on the road. Malcolm Ward scored all of his game-high 24 points in the second half.

In addition to Friday’s home game against Mathews, the Chargers (1-2, 3-9) will visit Lancaster on Tuesday, Jan. 20. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games begin at 7:30 p.m.

posted 01.14.2009

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