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Raiders hold off improving Chargers

MHS Holiday Basketball Tournament begins Friday

Friday, December 26

Lancaster vs. Mathews (girls), 1 p.m.

Lancaster vs. Mathews (boys), 3 p.m.

Middlesex vs. Essex (girls), 5 p.m.

Middlesex vs. Windsor (boys), 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 27

Girls Consolation Game,1 p.m.

Boys Consolation Game, 3 p.m.

Girls Championship Game, 5 p.m.

Boys Championship Game, 7 p.m.
Rappahannock used its superior size to dominate the offensive boards and edge a feisty Middlesex team 66-64 in a varsity basketball game at MHS on Dec. 18.

The Chargers fell behind 17-9 after the first quarter but battled back to tie the game with five minutes to play, and the two teams battled back and forth the rest of the way.

Middlesex guard Michael Bess made three 3-pointers in the second half, and guard Malcolm Ward converted several steals into layups to spark the Chargers in the second half. Ward finished with 24 points and Bess had 16, including four 3-pointers.

Sophomore forward Cody Hunter had a career-high 12 points, and sophomore guard Davonne Bryant had his best floor game of the season and scored 4 points.

Jake Fletcher, Matt Duke, Markus Hammond and Nigel Rich each scored 2 points for MHS (0-7). The Raiders are 6-1 on the year.

“I feel like we are getting close,” said MHS coach Neal Bailey. “Our sophomores are gaining more confidence and beginning to contribute more.  Malcolm Ward has been outstanding the last couple of games and, as Michael Bess gets well, the sophomores gain experience and we get some of our big guys back from injuries I think that we can surprise some people in the district.”

The Chargers begin Tidewater District play on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at home against defending district champion Colonial Beach. MHS visits Rappahannock on Wednesday, Jan. 7. JV games begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.

On Dec. 16, the Chargers lost to a talented Essex team 77-50 in Tappahannock. Ward had 22 points, Hunter 11 and Rich 6. Bess had the flu and played only a few minutes.

The Trojans hit twelve 3-pointers in the game and John Dillie tallied 22 points.

Next up for Middlesex is the Chargers’ holiday tournament on Dec. 26-27.

posted 12.23.2008

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