The Middletown Cavaliers boys' basketball team ended the season on a high note, defeating back-yard neighbor Appoquinimink 76-60. The victory was the team's fourth straight, and ten of the last twelve games to conclude the season at 15-5.
The Cavaliers started out red-hot scoring 11 points in the first quarter, but more importantly holding the Jaguars to only 4 points. The offense got cranked up in the second quarter to extend the lead to 30-15 at the half
The turning point of the game came in the third quarter when the Cavaler offense went on a tear, scoring 30 points in eight minutes of action. That offensive explosion widened the lead to 60-35.
Middletown coach Jasen Maciey said he feels his offense is capable of putting a lot of points on the board every night. "This was one of those nights. We have a lot of players that can play offense, so I'm not surprised that this was one of highest scoring games of the season," he said.
In the fourth quarter, Maciey emptied his bench to give his starters a rest, and to take a look at some of squad who hadn't played many minutes this season. Appoquinimink out-scored the Cavaliers 25-16, but it was too -
little, too-late to catch the visitors.
Jaguar coach Steve Landry said that it is tough for any team to win when you only score four points in the first quarter. "Yes, we had a bad first quarter, because we missed a lot of layups and easy shots. We were definitely ice cold," he said. Landry said his team didn't rotate on defense they way they know how to execute, which gave Middletown a number of easy, high percentage shots.
Overall, Landry said that despite their record, he remains pleased with his team's progress. "We still have a very young team with a new system, so I really think we will do well in the future," he said.
Sambo led the Cavliers with 19 points, while Joe Bamfo and Darius Wade each had 8 points.
The Jaguars' Michael Gordon led all scorers with 29 points and Chris Gibson added 16 points.
Appoquinimink is 5-14 on the season with one game to go. That's this Friday afternoon at Delaware Military Academy, beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Middletown - Wade 8, Sells 6, Bamfo 8, Sambo 19, Dobson 9, Herrera 5, Pinkett 5, Jones 4, Yancey 4, Cunningham 6
Totals: (30 14-25 76)
Appo HS - Gordon 29, Gibson 16, Centeno 4) Went 6, Keita 3, Kurych 2
Totals: (21 9-19 60)
3-Point Goals: Middletown 2 (Herrera, Pinkett)
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