Middlesex High JVs improve to 3-0 in district
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School boys JV basketball team lost 47-31 to a strong, undefeated Lancaster squad on January 19, but regrouped to defeat West Point 41-34 on Friday.
Against West Point, the Chargers were led by sophomores Malik Henderson and Sherman Osborne, who combined for 21 points. The Chargers jumped out to a 14-1 lead in the first quarter behind an aggressive defensive and offensive rebounding.
The JV Charger guards did a “great job of attacking the zone and getting the ball inside, and Henderson, Justin Smith and Juwan Reed did a great job on the boards tonight,” said MHS coach Jason Daniel.
West Point battled back in the second quarter, outscoring the Chargers 13-12 to cut the lead to 26-14 at halftime.
The third quarter featured both teams playing solid defense and combining for only 8 points in the quarter.
The Pointers scored a season-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Chargers held on for a 41-34 win. “We got out to a big lead and it allowed everyone to play a lot of minutes tonight,” said Coach Daniel.
Bench scoring accounted for 15 of Middlesex’s 41 points.
“The guys who have been working hard in practice like PJ Hart, Cullen Johnson, Darrien Fisher, Grayson Johnson and Jeremy Collier got valuable experience tonight,” said Daniel.
Osborne led all scorers with 13 points, Henderson had 8, Reed and Hart 5 each, Smith and Diggs 4 each, and Johnson 2.
In the loss to Lancaster, the Chargers had a balanced scoring attack. Osborne was high scorer with 7 points. Reed and King had 5 apiece, Smith, Diggs and Henderson scored 2 apiece, and Hart and Fisher scored a point each.
The JV Chargers are now 6-2 overall and 3-0 in district play. Middlesex will play their last home game of the season Friday, January 29, against King William, and will travel to King and Queen on Tuesday, February 2.