Raiders get tough road win

Adam Capps

January 8, 2014

Midway took their undefeated conference record on the road Tuesday evening as they went to Wallace-Rose Hill for a game that featured many swings in momentum. Midway was able to use late buckets to win the game 71-70.

Midway trailed Wallace 18-15 after a quarter, but then took a 33-32 lead into the halftime locker-room. Wallace seized the third quarter in building a 4 point lead, 52-48 with a quarter to play.

If you only watched the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter, you would have thought that the Raiders were going home with a loss, as Wallace led by 11 points with 5 minutes to play. Coach Leonard Henry of Midway called a timeout to settle his team down, and to tell them to just get back to playing smart, but aggressive basketball and the rest would work out. Justin Thompson knocked down a jumper with under a minute left to give Midway the 69-67 lead. Andre Sankey then stole a Bulldog pass and took it in with 10 seconds left for a lay-in, to give Midway the 71-67 lead. Wallace made a 3 as time expired, but it didn’t matter.

Coach Leonard Henry was proud of his team’s toughness on the road in a hostile environment. “It was a total team effort, and to win the conference we all know that you have to win on the road. It was a really good, grinded out win for us tonight, and I’m so proud of my guys” finished Henry.

Josh Minnick had 21 points to lead Midway Tuesday evening, Justin Thompson had 14, and Quincy Baggett continued to play good ball with 17 points.

Midway hosts undefeated Trask on Friday in a game that should once again be a thriller.