Clinton traveled to Midway Friday evening as they took their 9-0 record into Spivey’s Corner to face the 8-1 Raiders. Midway used a 27 point and 20 rebound performance from Quincy Baggett to defeat the Dark Horses, 76-65.
The game was full of emotion, whether it was on the court, on the benches, or in the stands. The Raiders used great defensive pressure throughout the entire game, and built a 33-27 lead going into halftime.
J.C. Evans, who led Clinton in scoring with 18 points, and Rayquan Faison’s efforts to penetrate kept the Dark Horses within striking distance the entire game, but the Raiders had too much firepower in the end.
Andre Sankey played lock-down defense along with his partners in crime in the back court, Jordan and Justin Thompson. Sankey also buried a couple of three-balls that seemed to seal the game for the Raiders.
The exclamation point came on a lob from Sankey to Quincy Baggett, who finished the dunk with one hand, bringing the home crowd to their feet (where they were most of the night anyway).
Clinton had strong play from Thaxter Spruill in moments, and O.J. Jones chipped in some early buckets for the Dark Horses. Clinton didn’t play a bad game, but Midway just proved to be too much this time.
Coach Leonard Henry of Midway was very pleased with his team’s performance, stating again how this team won yet another game in practice.
“It’s the behind the scenes that matters” said the third year head coach. “It’s the diving for loose balls in practice, it’s Jordan Killett and Tom and Sam Fields and those that may not play a lot of game time, but they help us win these games because of what everyone provides in practice,” finished Henry.
“Hats off to Midway, they were more prepared than us, and we have to do a better job of defending the ball,” said Clinton’s head coach Randy Jordan. “We know that what we have to do to be more prepared next time,” finished Jordan.
Andre Sankey, who scored 15 points for the Raiders Friday evening was in a car accident Sunday morning in which he had to be cut out of his car.
In pain, he showed up to practice Monday and competed harder than ever, according to coach Henry. “That’s how bad he wants the respect of the people in this basketball community. That’s how bad our entire team wants this community’s respect,” concluded Henry.
Midway and Clinton still have another match-up on the schedule, next time at Clinton. It’s a good bet that the Dark Horses will use tonight as motivation, and the Raiders will do their best to grow from this win.