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Sizzling shooting leads Middlesex past Pointers

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Middlesex forward Cody Hunter drives past a West Point defender in Monday’s 58-52 Charger win. Hunter scored a team-high 14 points. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Chargers host Devils Saturday

by Tom Hardin

Still in the hunt for the Tidewater District title.

That’s what the Middlesex High varsity boys basketball team is after Monday night’s 58-52 home win over West Point.

The Chargers of coach Patrick Weller are now 3-2 in the district with three games remaining. Mathews leads the district at 4-1, King William is 4-2, Middlesex 3-2, West Point 3-3 and King and Queen 0-6.

Middlesex will visit King and Queen tonight, February 11; will visit King William on Friday, February 12; and will host Mathews in its regular season finale on Saturday, February 13.

The Chargers were scheduled to play Mathews at home last Friday, but the game was postponed due to snow.

MHS was plagued by poor shooting earlier in the year but were on fire in the win over West Point. The Chargers shot 58% from the field and made 6 of 9 three-point attempts.

“As a team we did a great job being patient and getting high quality shots on the offensive end,” said Coach Weller. “The guys really shared the ball well as we registered 17 assists on 21 field goals for the game.  What that means is that the guys were playing real team basketball, which is what every coach loves to see.  Hopefully we can keep building on the good performances we have had in our last two games.”

MHS led 24-20 at the half and roared to a 14-point lead in the third quarter before the athletic Pointers started coming back.

West Point cut the Middlesex lead to 4 points in the fourth quarter but the Chargers made several key plays down the stretch to preserve the win.

The Chargers featured a balanced scoring attack led by Cody Hunter’s 14 points and 6 assists. Hunter, a 6’3” junior forward, made all three of his 3-point attempts.

Senior guard Michael Bess continued his strong play with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. “Even more importantly, Michael took care of the basketball with 3 assists and 0 turnovers for the night,” said Weller. Bess also had 4 rebounds.

Markus Hammond came off the bench and had his best game of the year. He made all 5 of his field  attempts for 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Tayvon Morning also gave the Chargers a big lift off the bench with 8 points and 2 rebounds.

Freshman Ryheem Lockley got into foul trouble but still scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds for MHS.

Jeremiah Morris added 2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists; and Davonne Bryant had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists.

Freshman Jamie Doyle led West Point with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers.

The first round of the district tournament will be on Thursday, February 18, on the home courts of the higher seeds. The championship game will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 19, at King William High School.

posted 02.10.2010

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