Adam Capps Sports Writer
December 18, 2013
“Midway Madness”, the Raider student section was at it again, creating a home-court advantage for the Midway in their 74-56 win over the visiting East Bladen Eagles.
“Our crowd was great tonight. Our guys feed off of the crowd for energy and I thought they were great. I’m proud of our guys as well,” an excited Midway head coach Leonard Henry said after the game.
Quincy Baggett had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Josh Minnick had 14 points and 13 rebound to lead Midway in their 7th win of the year in just 8 games.
Midway jumped out to a 16-11 first quarter lead, as Andre Sankey knocked down his first 3 3-pointers, and Jordan Thompson was getting to the hoop for the Raiders.
Quincy Baggett and Justin Thompson got invloved in the scoring column in the second quarter as the Raiders built a 34-21 lead at the half.
East Bladen cut into the Midway lead in the third quarter as they began to knock down contested jumpers, and the score was 46-37 after 3.
The Eagles got the Midway lead down to 49-47 in the fourth quarter, but Andre Sankey knocked down his fourth and final 3 ball to increase the lead to 5 at 52-47. This would spark a 10-0 Midway run, capped off by an alley-oop off the backboard from Sankey to the trailing Quincy Baggett. The dunk ignited the crowd and sealed the deal for Midway’s 7th victory.
“We kept fighting, and fighting tonight. Many of these ball games are won at practice. These guys compete in practice with each other, and when they’re competing with each other, they’re not friends. Their competitiveness in practice is transferring to the games and I’m proud of what they’ve been doing all season,” Coach Henry continued.
Midway basketball is something to be excited about right now. It is a program that hasn’t been relevant when it comes to basketball in a long time.
“We are tired of being the laughingstock of the community or the conference or whoever it might be,” Henry added. Midway is earning respect on the court these days, one win at a time.