The varsity boys from Midway picked up a strong road win Tuesday against Princeton, taking down the home team 48-37.
Assistant coach Matthew Creech pointed to the fourth-quarter as the strong finisher for the team after what he called a low-scoring ball game.
“Everyone, on both teams, seemed to start off with a bit of the early-season jitters,” Creech said. “There were a lot of turnovers, but then our returning juniors Raheem Thomas and Quincy Baggett, brought it home for us in the fourth quarter.”
Thomas and Baggett poured on the juice when the game was really, Creech said, still up for grabs. “They played a pivotal role in our win, no question about it.”
The game started off sluggishly, with the Raiders up 4-2 at the end of one period. The score didn’t grow much before the half, with Midway taking a 16-14 lead into the break.
Then Princeton eased back into the game during the third period, closing to within 2 points by its end, with the Raiders leading 28-27.
That’s when Baggett and Thomas put the pressure on, forcing turnovers and converting them into Raider points.
“We pulled away in the last three minutes,” Creech said.
Leading scorers for the varsity Raiders were Thomas with 13 points; Baggett with 6 points; Jordan Thompson, 8; Justin Thompson, 5; Heath Smith, 5; Tyler Pope, 5; Jordan Killett, 2; and Michael Hall, 2.
Midway’s record moves to 1-1. They travel Thursday to South Johnston for another non-conference matchup.