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MHS JVs are 3-0 in district games

by Tom Hardin

Middlesex junior varsity guard Stanley Redmond does the “Shake and bake” against Colonial Beach.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
The Middlesex High JV boys basketball team has reeled off five straight wins and are 3-0 in Tidewater District play.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the JV Chargers blasted King and Queen 50-15 in a district game. (More details in next week’s Sentinel.)

On Friday, Jan. 9, Middlesex held King William to only 5 second half points and walloped the Cavs 43-17 in another district game.

In  the first quarter, each team started slowly and combined for only 15 points. Jeremy Rich led the Chargers in the first quarter by dominating the offensive boards.

The second quarter featured a back-and-forth game with Jasper Smith and Ryheem Lockley scoring a combined 11 points to give the Chargers a 19-12 halftime lead.

The third quarter featured the Chargers’ defense holding the Cavaliers to only 2 points. Malik Henderson and Jeremiah Morris led the MHS defense by forcing 6 turnovers in the quarter.

The final period featured more defense led by Sherman Osborne and Alexander Crittenden. The Chargers held the Cavs to just 3 points and forced 8 turnovers in the final period.

“The defense really stepped in the second half and forced turnovers,” said MHS coach Jason Daniel. “I think we are starting to understand what it takes to win and how important it is to play as a team. We need to improve on our mental approach to the game, and stay focused on both ends of the floor.”

Ryheem Lockley finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds; Jasper Smith, 8 points and 2 rebounds; Jeremy Rich, 6 points and 7 rebounds; Donovan Jones, 4 points and 3 steals; Sherman Osborne, 4 points and 3 assists; Juwan Reed, 3 points and 4 rebounds; Jeremiah Morris, 2 points and 3 rebounds; Justin Smith, 2 points and 2 steals; Terence Roye 2 points and 2 rebounds; and Malik Henderson, 2 points and 4 blocks.

On Jan. 7, Middlesex downed Rappahannock 39-33 in a non-district game.

The JV Chargers (3-0, 6-5) started the game on a 10-1 run but trailed 16-15 at the half. “We turned the ball over and they made some big shots,” said Daniel.

The bench sparked MHS in the third quarter with a great defensive effort led by Donovan Jones and Sherman Osborne, while Stanley Redmond and Alexander Crittenden did a good job of handling the ball against the RHS pressure.

“The five guys who came off the bench gave us energy and really changed the momentum in the game,” said Daniel.

The fourth quarter came down to which team could execute and make free throws. “We were 10 of 13 from the free throw line and that’s how we won the game,” said Daniel.

Smith and Lockley made important fourth quarter free throws. “The team played with confidence and made big free throws when we needed them,” said Daniel.

Lockley had 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Chargers; Henderson, 7 points and 6 rebounds; Reed, 6 points and 8 rebounds; Smith, 4 points and 3 assists; Morris, 4 points and 4 rebounds; Rich, 3 points and 8 rebounds; and Redmond, 2 points and 3 rebounds.

The Chargers defeated the visiting Drifters from Colonial Beach 51-33 on Jan. 6 in their Tidewater District opener. Morris and Lockley led MHS to an early 15-9 lead, but the Drifters cut the lead to 4 points before halftime, 22-18. 

Smith and Henderson led the Charger defense in the third quarter, holding the Drifters to only two field goals for the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Jones and Rich continued to pressure the ball on defense and create turnovers, which led to the 51-33 victory. 

“The defensive effort in the second half is what won this game for us,” said Coach Daniel. “The guys coming off the bench gave us a lot of energy and along with our ball pressure was the difference in the game.

“Juwan Reed and Justin Smith did a great job of being physical inside  and rebounding the ball,” said Daniel. “Alexander Crittenden stepped up big and did a great job guarding their point guard.

“I think we are learning how to play as a team and gaining confidence in each other. Colonial Beach is a tough team that is well coached, and they are going to give other teams a lot of trouble in the district,” said Daniel.

Lockley tallied 22 points and 4 assists to pace MHS; Morris, 9 points and 4 rebounds; Smith, 6 points and 3 steals; Henderson, 4 points and 4 blocks; Jones, 3 points and 3 assists; Reed, 2 points and 5 rebounds; Redmond, 2 points and 2 rebounds; Rich, 2 points and 3 rebounds; and Crittenden, 1 point and 4 steals.

posted 01.14.2009

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