Midway hosted Heide Trask Friday night in a Four County Conference game. The Titans came in sporting an 11-1 record, while the Raiders were trying to avoid losing for the 3rd time in the same week. In a back and forth game, the visitors came from behind in the final quarter to win 61-57.
The first quarter belonged to Raider Dariuss Perez. He nailed 4 3 pointers en route to a 16 point period. Midway led 21-15 after the opening 8 minutes.
The Raiders started slowly in 2nd quarter and fell behind early on. However, by intermission, the home team held a 39-30 lead.
After 3 quarters, it was 50-44 in favor of Midway.
The final frame was a different story. Midway’s Jackson Carr connected for 3 at the 5:31 mark to give his team a 55-50 lead.
But after several Raider turnovers and empty possessions, the Titans scored the next 10 points to go up 60-55 with 1:34 left in the game. Jonathan Jordan and Tynaffit Davis both delivered key points at the free throw line for Trask.
Paris Smith scored to cut it to 60-57, but the Raiders would not score again. They were held to 7 points in the period.
Perez finished with 22 points to lead Midway. Marelle Bullock tossed in 12. Smith added 10, while Michael Kramer scored 7. Carr had 3, Ayden Canady contributed 2, and Shyheim Small hit a free throw.
“We were outscored 17-7 in the 4th,” remarked Midway head coach Matthew Creech. “That’s just not going to get it done in this league. Trask is a good team, but we had every opportunity to put ourselves in the win column tonight. It just slipped through our fingers. I think we got complacent in the 2nd half and settled for too much isolation instead of buying into the team brand.”
After exams, the Raiders will travel to West Bladen next Friday to try and avenge a loss incurred during the Knights’ Holiday Tournament. The Raiders fall to 10-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Titans are 12-1 and 4-0.
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