Midway bounced back from their loss against East Bladen with a gritty, tough win at home against Pender, Monday Night at home. The Raiders trailed for much of the game, but were able to find a way to win, 56-53.
The Patriots made their first 5 shots from behind the arc, and led 23-12 after the first quarter. Midway played better in the second, cutting the lead for Pender to 3 at halftime, 34-31.
Midway really turned up the intensity on the defensive end in the second half. An Andre Sankey runner at the horn gave Midway a 42-39 lead after 3 quarters. Midway only allowed 5 points in the third quarter, which seemed to be the turning point of the game.
The Raiders got back-to-back three-balls from Jordan Thompson then Justin Thompson to take a 56-51 lead after trailing 51-50 with 2 minutes to play. Pender would score another bucket, but miss a three pointer at the buzzer, and the Raiders held on for their seventh conference win.
“The rest of the games are going to be like this. Everyone is fighting for position in this conference and everyone is wanting every win they can get. I am so proud of our guys, they found a way to win on a night that we missed a lot of easy shots. We’ll practice tomorrow and get ready for Wallace Wednesday night, which is Senior Night. That will be a distraction in itself but we have to be focused and come out and play hard every possession” said Midway’s Head Coach Leonard Henry.
Leading Midway in scoring was Jordan Thompson with 10 points. Josh Minnick added 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Finding a way to win this game was crucial for their hopes at a conference championship. They’ll be back in action at home against Wallace on Wednesday. The Raiders improve to 14-3 on the year, and 7-2 in the conference.