Raiders bounce back to beat Panthers

By: By Adam Capps -

Midway’s boys basketball team got back to winning ways with a road win over North Johnston on Tuesday. The Raiders led by as many as 22 before closing out the Panthers by a score of 62-50.

It was a good start for Midway, as Paris Smith and Ayden Canady were knock down some shots in the first quarter to help them build a 7 point lead at 19-12.

The two teams pushed the second quarter, allowing Midway to take a 32-25 lead into the halftime locker-room.

In the third, Midway distanced themselves a bit more, as they doubled up on the Panthers. The Raiders outscored the Panthers 20-10 in the third quarter, taking a 52-35 lead.

They ultimately were able to play a lot of players, and coast to the win.

After a pair of losses in the West Bladen Woodman Life Holiday Tournament last week, this was a good win for Midway, per their head coach, Matthew Creech.

“It’s good for us to get back in the win column after two tough losses last week,” said Creech. “Halfway through the season, our players are starting to buy into their respective roles, which is encouraging to see, moving forward. We are excited to host Clinton on Monday night in what I expect to be a big time game. I expect our fans to come out and cheer us on. They have been sensational all year long, and I expect the same for the game on Monday,” finished the second year head coach of the Raiders.

Midway shot 45 percent from the field during the North Johnston game, which is their second highest total of the year. Their poor shooting has been a concern for Creech and the coaching staff, but they are hoping that their team will snap out of it, knowing that they have very capable shooters.

Ayden Canady scored 14 points, and Paris Smith scored 15 to lead the Raiders. Dariuss Perez added 12, and Shyheim Small had 10. Perez added 5 assists, and Canady had 4. Perez hauled in 8 rebounds, and Smith had 7 boards.

The Raiders and the Dark Horses are set to square off in what is always an exciting game on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey’s Corner.

Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585

By Adam Capps

Raider Paris Smith connects on a turn-around shot during a game from earlier this season Paris Smith connects on a turn-around shot during a game from earlier this season

Midway’s Mike Kramer gets inside position before scoring a basket’s Mike Kramer gets inside position before scoring a basket

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