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Middlesex advances to tournament semifinals

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Middlesex senior guard Deamonte Sutton scored a career-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, in the Chargers’ loss to West Point on February 10. Above, Sutton soars past a Pointer defender for a basket. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

by Tom Hardin

The Middlesex High School boys varsity basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Conference 42 tournament with a 62-58 overtime win over West Point on Monday, February 13, on the Pointers home court.

The Chargers played Carver Academy on Wednesday, February 15, in the semifinals and the winner will advance to the tournament championship game on Friday, February 17. Mathews played Central Lunenburg in the other semifinal on Wednesday and the winner will host Friday’s title game.

During the regular season, Middlesex and Carver split a pair of games.

MHS 62, West Point 58
“Our preparation for this game showed tonight with our defensive stands that we were able to put together,” said MHS coach Aaron Dodge. “We knew what they were doing in every set of offense they ran, which worked to our advantage. It was an electric atmosphere with a full capacity gym and a white out at that. The guys rose to the occasion and we were able to get the win in overtime.”

Senior forward Carnell Bagby scored 16 points, including 6 of the Chargers’ 10 overtime points. Freshman center Jaden Reed added 13 points, including two clutch free throws in overtime. Junior guard Raquan Marshall scored 8 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Junior guard Carlos Marshall scored 7 first half points and 9 for the game for the Chargers. Senior guard Deamonte Sutton added 8 points, and Deandre Jessie had 4.

In other tournament quarterfinal games, top-seeded Mathews downed King and Queen 76-37. and second-seeded Carver defeated Charles City 80-59.

West Point 66, Middlesex 63
Despite leading much of the game, the Chargers could not hold on in their regular season finale against West Point on Friday, February 10, and lost 66-63 at MHS.

Carnell Bagby led Middlesex with 22 points, including 13 in the second half.

Both Deamonte Sutton and Jaden Reed had break-out games for MHS with 17 points apiece. Sutton made three 3-pointers.

Deandre Jessie tallied 4 points and freshman guard Jo’mari Gonzalez added a 3-pointer.

“This was a good night for us,” said Coach Dodge. “We celebrated Senior Night and the guys showed up to play. We started off hot and it continued into the second half. At one point we had an 18-point lead.”

MHS has three seniors—Bagby, Sutton and Chipper anderson.

posted 02.15.2017

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