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‘Team effort’ carries MHS to first victory

by Tom Hardin

The Middlesex High boys varsity basketball team earned its first win of the year on December 14—73-54 over visiting Rappahannock.

“This was a full team effort,” said first-year MHS coach Chris Walker. “This is the first game we have played to our potential. As a team we moved the ball around and were patient on offense to get the best look at the basket. We limited Rappahannock on the offensive glass to eliminate second chances.”

Senior forward/guard Ryheem Lockley once again led the Chargers in scoring with 37 points; senior co-captain JD Diggs    scored 11; Brett Carter 8; Bryant Gresham 5; Timothy Balderson 4; and Cullen Johnson, Zach Belcher and Kaleb Wake added 2 apiece.

On December 12, the Chargers lost 72-64 in overtime at Northumberland.

“We played Northumberland much better than the last time,” said Coach Walker. “This is showing that we are improving every day. We have yet to put together four solid quarters.”

Lockley poured in 37 to pace MHS; Carter and Balderson each had 11; Gresham 3; and Diggs 2.

Middlesex visited Lancaster on December 18, and will host Rappahannock on Thursday, December 20, for its last game before the holiday break.

In their first Tidewater District game, the Chargers (1-5) will visit King William on Friday, January 4.

JV games begin at 6 p.m. and varsity games follow at 7:30 p.m.

posted 12.19.2012

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