Entering the week, both Middletown (6-3) and Appoquinimink (7-4) remain in the division title hunt, battling it out along with Newark (9-3), St. Georges Tech (9-6) and Concord (8-6).

The Middletown Cavaliers will host the Appoquinimink Jaguars in a mid-season Flight A boys basketball showdown Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:15 p.m.

The game not only pits two local squads against one another, but also two teams vying for position in Blue Hen Flight A.

Entering the week, both Middletown (6-3) and Appoquinimink (7-4) remain in the division title hunt, battling it out along with Newark (9-3), St. Georges Tech (9-6) and Concord (8-6).

Lately, the Jaguars have been playing some of their best basketball of the season. After a sluggish 1-4 start, Appo comes into Thursday’s contest against Middletown riding a six-game winning streak.

After winning just one of their first five games, Appo knocked off MOT Charter (0-11), Newark, Hodgson (3-9), A.I. duPont (5-6) and Conrad (6-8).

Then on Saturday, the Jags toppled defending state champs St. Elizabeth (5-7), led by junior guard Avery Richardson with 19 points and double-digit scoring from fellow junior guard Kamal Yellowdy and sophomore forward Lorenzo Carrierto.

“The difference is chemistry,” said Appoquinimink head coach Tom Purse. “The guys are learning to trust each other and we are playing with energy. We’ve been getting balanced scoring and it’s hard to key on just one player.”

“We’re excited to play Middletown on Thursday night,” said Purse. “They have a good team and some players who can shoot the ball from outside, we need to play good team defense to stop their interior passing.”

While the Jaguars have seemingly found their way after a rough start to the year, Middletown is dealing with their first bout of adversity.

The Cavaliers opened the season winning six of their first seven games, but have since dropped two straight games heading into tonight’s matchup against Appo.

Middletown began the year with victories over Glasgow (10-3), A.I. duPont, Hodgson (3-9), Polytech (1-11), Howard (4-8) and Christiana (5-6), with their lone loss in the seven game stretch coming against Concord.

After a loss to Newark, the Cavaliers fell to Delcastle (5-4) Monday, dropping their record to 6-3 despite 12-point efforts from Elijah Wilson and Robert Whitaker.

Not letting the latest hiccup derail their season, Middletown is looking to get back to what worked earlier in the year to get back in the win column.

The most promising sign for the Cavaliers moving forward is the growth the team has already experienced.

“So far, they’ve embraced the fact of setting a standard and enjoying the process of getting better each time they step on the court,” said Middletown head coach Chuck Robinson. “They really get along and genuinely care about one another.”