The Midway Raiders hosted Wallace-Rose Hill Monday night in great need of a win, following their heart-breaking loss at Clinton. They accomplished their mission with 71-65 overtime victory.
The Raiders posted a 10-5 lead after 1 period. Both teams picked up the pace in the 2nd frame, and Midway held a 27-23 lead at intermission.
In the 3rd quarter, the Bulldogs delivered repeatedly at the free throw line and the score remained close. It was 43-41 Midway, headed to the 4th period.
In the 4th frame, neither team could seize momentum. The Bulldogs called a timeout with 3:45 remaining, trailing 53-51. The Dogs tied it up shortly thereafter and then a Raider turnover put the visitors on the foul line. Following a miss, Dariuss Perez put the home team back on top, 55-53.
After the Bulldogs tied the score at 55, Paris Smith nailed a 3 pointer to make it 58-55 with 1:20 left. The Bulldogs converted 1 free throw 5 seconds later and then Perez hit a free throw on the Raider end of the court to make it 59-56 with 35 tics remaining.
The Bulldogs scored to cut it to 1 and then Marelle Bullock hit 1 of 2 free throws and it was 60-58 with 27 seconds left. The Bulldogs’ Tremaine Washington knotted the score at the 12.7 mark and Raiders weren’t able to respond, forcing an overtime.
Ayden Canady set the stage with a tre to begin the extra period. The Raiders would not trail again. They led by 6 with 1:19 remaining, but the Bulldogs had 1 comeback left. They cut the deficit to 67-65 at the 30 second mark, but Perez responded with a basket and the victory was clinched. The Raiders came away with a 71-65 win.
The Bulldogs missed 6 straight free throws in overtime.
Perez led the Raiders with 21 points. Michael Kramer scored 18, while Smith added 17. Canady had 8. Bullock contributed 4 and Shyheim Small scored 3.
Johnny Glaspie led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
“I feel like we’ve played a lot better in some losses than we did tonight,” asserted Raider head coach Matthew Creech, “a lot of that you can accredit to the heart in these guys. We talked about what happened Friday night and that can cause a lot of teams to fold. We talked a pressing on and moving ahead, I really think they did that.”
The Raiders improve to 15-7 overall and 6-5 in the Four County Conference. They will visit Heide Trask Friday. The Bulldogs fall to
11-6 and 6-3. They will travel to East Bladen Friday night.
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