Raiders pull away, beat Lakewood

By: By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer

The Lakewood Leopards made the short trip to Spivey’s Corner on Friday night, squaring off against their old rivals, Midway, in hoops action. After falling behind early in the first quarter, Midway went on a 14-0 run to establish a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, defeating the Leopards 65-36.

Lakewood would storm out to an early 8-1 lead before Midway put together a big run to go up 15-8. As the quarter was winding down, the Leopards drained a three-pointer to make it 15-11 at the end of the quarter.

The Raiders would string together another 8-0 run to begin the second quarter to extend their lead to double digits at 23-11 and force a Leopards timeout. Midway maintained the lead at that margin throughout the quarter and would lead 30-19 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Midway continued to put distance between themselves and the Leopards, reaching 46-29 by the end of the third period.

The lead continued to swell in the final period as Midway held the Leopards to just one point for a majority of the quarter.

After yet another blistering Midway run, the lead was suddenly 61-30 as the Raiders put the Leopards away for good, winning 65-36.

Raider head coach Matthew Creech was pleased after the game, calling Friday’s performance the most complete of the season.

“We were able to play all 11 of our players and all 11 of them contributed. Definitely our most complete game of the young season, but now our attention turns to conference play next week and already it’s a big one as we face East Bladen and Pender,” Creech said.

Leading scorers for Midway were Gregg Orr with 15, Austin Raynor with 11 and Jamar Autry with seven. For Lakewood, Owens had 12 points, Perez added 10 and Shawn Andrew had four.

With the win, Midway improves to 3-2 overall and is set to begin conference play on Tuesday with a trip to East Bladen.

Lakewood was scheduled to be back in action on Monday night as they host Union.

Midway’s Adam Butler drives the baseline.’s Adam Butler drives the baseline. Daron Barefoot|Sampson Independent

Lakewood’s Shawn Andrew shoots a three-pointer over Midway’s Jamar Autry.’s Shawn Andrew shoots a three-pointer over Midway’s Jamar Autry. Daron Barefoot|Sampson Independent

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer