Middletown's boys' basketball team improved to 5-5 after a methodical, road victory over Christiana Saturday afternoon by the score of 57-47.
While the Cavaliers' defense suffered a few lapses during the game, the offense remained consistent throughout the contest, played on a cold and snowy day.
"Yes, our offense was running pretty well today, but it's the defense we're really concerned about," said Middletown head coach Jasen Maciey. "In the first half we gave up only 13 points in the first and second quarter, but in the second half we gave up a total of 34 points, and that just has to get better," he said.
The Cavaliers jump started their offense with 15 points in the first quarter, while limiting the Vikings to a mere eight points. Christiana had a number of open shots, but did not shoot well for much of the game.
In the second quarter, the defenses dominated, as the Cavaliers managed only eight points, but the Vikings couldn't close the gap since they scored only five points. At the half, Middletown led by a count of 23-13.
The second half looked a bit like a track meet, as both squads opened up their offenses.
Christiana found some offensive rhythm in the third quarter, and outscored the Cavaliers 19-17 thanks to better shooting and a stronger performance on the boards.
The fourth quarter was a little more controlled on the court, as Middletown maintained its double-digit lead down the stretch. An anticipated big run by Christiana's offense to close the gap never materialized, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
The Vikings, now 7-6 on the season, were led in scoring by Will Yancey, who scored 16 points. Jeff Griffin added ten points and Tyquan Hudson chipped in with seven points. Christiana will host Brandywine on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Conrad School of the Sciences on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m.
Middletown was led in scoring by Chad Poarch with ten points. Amyre Jones scored nine points, while Donivan Roy and Matt Pinkett each added seven points. The Cavs will host Delcastle on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and face Newark on the road on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.