The last time Midway and Triton squared off on the basketball court, it was a 45-point shellacking that did not go in favor of the Raiders. This time around, it was a mostly different story. While Triton went on to defeat Midway by 21 points with a final score of 82-61, the contest was much closer affair than the final score would suggest.
The two teams duked it out in the first several minutes of the game tied at 5-5 with 3:00 on the clock. Even with little scoring, the game moved at a blistering pace that yielded a Hawks timeout with 1:51 left in the period as Triton led 10-9. At the conclusion of quarter number one, 17-14.
Triton went on a small run to kick off the second quarter that built their lead to 23-16, but the Raiders countered with a run of their own to tie things back up at 23-23. The teams continued to spar as Midway answered every time Triton swung, but the Hawks still led 37-31 at the intermission.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, it was all downhill in the second half. Triton’s interior game and disruptive defense was a thorn in Midway’s side all game long. The Hawks gradually built a double digit lead that only blossomed as the game wound down en rout to the 82-61 Hawks win.
Leading scorers for Midway were Colby Pope with 16 points, Jamar Autry with 13 and Hykeem Rains with nine.
With the loss, Midway drops to 3-3 overall and will host Lakewood on Friday.
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