The Sampson Middle School Dark Horses got some redemption on Monday when they defeated the previously undefeated Midway Raiders on their home court, in a game in which Midway had control of for the most part.
After leading by as many as 16 in the first half, the Raiders took a 28-20 lead into the second. Sampson’s defense responded well, allowing just 15 second half points, coming back to win the game, 47-43.
Midway’s head coach Josh Bullard attributed his team’s second half issues to rebounding, or the lack of rebounding.
“We got beat up pretty bad on the boards. They out-rebounded us, and it really hurt us tonight,” said Bullard. “Down the stretch, they just made more plays. It was a tough go at things for us offensively too, and we need to work on some things to get ready for next week,” he finished.
Midway was led by Cameron Barefoot’s 15 points. Jamar Autry added 12.
Sampson’s head coach, Ron Davis was pleased with his team’s defense and rebounding, and also felt that it was the the key to the result.
“Holding them to 7 third quarter points, and 8 in the fourth, that was really good for us,” said Davis. “We did a really great job rebounding as well, and that was a big point of emphasis for us heading into the match-up.”
The Horses were led by Emoni Howard with 11 points and Sam Holloman, who had 10.
Midway falls to 9-1 overall, while Sampson improves to 7-3. Each team has just one loss now, so if they each win out, they would share the conference title.
Sampson played at Union Middle School on Tuesday, and plays at Roseboro-Salemburg Middle on Thursday.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585