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MHS on the road for final regular season games

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Members of the 2008-09 Middlesex High varsity basketball team include, kneeling from left, Ryan Dixon, Sean Sutherlin, Michael Bess, Malcolm Ward, Davonne Bryant and Jake Fletcher; standing, assistant coaches Amy Daniel and Jason Daniel, Markus Hammond, Nigel Rich, Cody Hunter, Michael Eades, Ruffin Creekmore, Matt Duke, Scott Payne and head coach Neil Bailey. Not pictured is assistant coach Mark Taylor and manager Grayson Johnson. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

The Middlesex High boys varsity basketball turned in one of its better performances in recent weeks in a 74-55 road loss to Tidewater District leader Colonial Beach on Monday night.

The Drifters led 50-39 at the end of three quarters but MHS guard Sean Sutherlin hit back-to-back 3-pointers with four minutes to play to bring the Chargers to within four points. Middlesex ended up having to foul toward the end of the game and the Drifters pulled away in the final minutes.

“We actually played better than we have for the last few games,” said MHS coach Neil Bailey.  “Colonial Beach is a very difficult place to play and we gave them all they wanted.”

Michael Bess led the Chargers with 16 points, including two 3-pointers, Malcolm Ward had 15, and Michael Eades contributed 9 and 10 rebounds. 

Sutherlin finished with 6 points, Nigel Rich 4, Cody Hunter 3, and Davonne Bryant 2.

T.T. Carey led Colonial Beach with 31 points and Dylan Farinet added 23.

Last Friday at MHS the Chargers had trouble finding good shots and fell behind 18-3 in the first quarter in a 71-54 district loss to King William.

The Cavaliers increased their lead to 44-23 at the half behind the torrid shooting of Jamar Carter who finished with 26 points, including five 3-pointers.

Ward led MHS with 13 points, Bess had 12, Hunter 10, Rich 8, Bryant 4, Sutherlin 3, and Eades and Scott Payne 2 apiece.

On Tuesday night at MHS, the Chargers downed King and Queen 55-47. MHS established a 30-23 halftime lead and were up 50-33 after three quarters.

Ward paced MHS with 21 points, Bess had 15, Hunter 8, Bryant and Fletcher 5 apiece, Eades and Matt Duke 2 apiece, and Ruffin Creekmore 1.

The Chargers (3-5, 5-13) are at Mathews this Friday, Feb. 6, and at West Point on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in their final two games of the regular season. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games begin at 7:30 p.m.

posted 02.04.2009

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