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Slow start dooms Chargers in loss Friday

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Middlesex forward Cody Hunter scores on the opening play of last Friday’s 58-40 loss to Northumberland. Hunter led MHS with 10 points. (Photo by Tom Hardin)
Middlesex scored the game’s first basket off the opening tip and then went ice cold in a season-opening 58-40 boys varsity basketball loss to Northumberland last Friday at MHS.

Neither team could find the range in a turnover-plagued first quarter, and the Indians outscored MHS 20-3 in the second quarter to take a 27-8 lead at the half.

The Chargers played better in the second half when as they outscored the Indians 32-31 after intermission.

Middlesex had 19 turnovers, 13 of which came in the first half, and shot only 23 percent from the field.

“We dug ourselves into a huge hole that we just couldn’t climb out of,” said first-year MHS coach Patrick Weller. “We did play much better in the second half.”

Cody Hunter hit 4 of 9 shots from the field and led Middlesex with 10 points. Others to score for MHS were Jeremiah Morris and Ryheem Lockley with 8 apiece,  Michael Bess 5, Davonne Bryant 3, Tayvon Morning and Jaspar Smith 2 apiece, and Sean Sutherlin and Markus Hammond with 1 each.

Lockley had 10 rebounds, Hunter had 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, Bess had 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Hammond grabbed 6 rebounds.

The Chargers played Lancaster on December 9, and will visit Rappahannock on Thursday, December 17.

The December 7 game against Essex was postponed because the Trojans are in the state football championship game this Saturday. It is possible the December 15 home game against Essex also will be postponed. Also postponed is the December 22 game at Northumberland.

JV games begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by varsity games at 7:30 p.m.

posted 12.10.2009

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