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West Point ends Chargers’ season

West Point eliminated Mid-dlesex from postseason play Tuesday night with a 59-48 win in the opening round of the Tidewater District boys tournament at West Point.

It was the third time the Pointers (5-15) downed the Chargers (5-16) this season.

Aaron Roane scored 21 points and Terrance Briggs had 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Point.

Malcolm Ward tallied 18 points to lead Middlesex, Jaspar Smith moved up from the junior varsity and scored 11, Cody Hunter and Michael Bess had 7 apiece, Scott Payne 3 and Markus Hammond 2.

West Point led 27-18 at the half and held off the Chargers the rest of the way.

“I told the team that I hoped that they were able to take something positive away from this season despite the losing record,” said MHS coach Neil Bailey on Wednesday.

“There is as much, maybe more, that can be learned from losing than from winning,” continued Bailey. “I hope the guys gained some of the knowledge and skills that will help them deal with the adversity that they will all eventually have to face in their lives. We really strive to teach more than just basketball skills in our program and, hopefully, we were more successful in that regard. 

“I enjoyed coaching all the young men and I especially want to thank my assistant coaches for the time that they have committed to the team, and the school and county administration for their support,” said Bailey.

In the tourney’s other opening game, Mathews defeated K&Q 77-63. Third-seeded Mathews will now visit second-seeded King William tonight, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in one semifinal, and fourth-seeded West Point will visit top-seeded Colonial Beach in the other semifinal. The title game is at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at King William.

posted 02.19.2009

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