Mustangs dominate in regular season finale
MIDDLEBURG — Midd-West used its size and strength advantage to prevent Montgomery from ruining senior night in its 66-25 victory in a non-conference boys basketball contest on Tuesday night in Middleburg.
“It was nice especially for the five seniors that I have,” Midd-West coach Lance Adams said. “They have endured a lot over their four years and for two years they have been very coachable and they work extremely hard. They just buy into what we’re trying to build here as a program. To see them walking off their home court for the last time with a victory and having fun doing it is pretty cool and I was glad to see it.”
The Midd-West defense was a major part in the victory as the Mustangs held the Red Raiders to single-digit scoring in all four quarters in the game.
“I thought we played well defensively,” Adams said.
The Mustangs got off to a bit of a sluggish start early in the first quarter, but then Braedon Reid went off scoring11 of the team’s 17 points in the frame.
Midd-West was spreading the wealth in the second quarter with five different players who scored at least a basket in the frame. The Mustangs also relied on their defense forcing turnovers and turning them into easy basket.
“We may have started a little slow but once we got rolling I thought we did pretty good,” Adams said. “I thought our defense was key tonight. We got run outs because of our ability to stop them defensively and rebound their misses.”
The Mustangs refused to let up in the third quarter with six different players scoring a basket in the frame.
Montgomery was outscored by Midd-West 30-12 for the entire second half.
“We were pretty solid across the board,” Adams said. “I thought we played aggressive, we shot the ball well, I thought we moved the ball extremely well. I thought overall we executed well and I thought we played with a lot of intensity.”
With the advantage of size and power the Mustangs dominated inside the paint and crashed the boards. As a team, Midd-West collected 44 rebounds, 27 in the first half and 17 in the final two quarters. The Mustangs had 17 offensive rebounds.
“We preach it but I got to tell you that this was our best night rebounding,” Adams said.
Isaac Hummel led the Mustangs with 16 points and five rebounds, Andrew Oldt had nine points and nine rebounds. Cordell Hostetler Dropped seven points while nabbing 13 boards.
“(Hummel) was great, he played well around the rim. I thought he got a couple of putbacks that were big for us,” Adams said. “Another kid that played well was Cordell Hostetler and he was not a normal starter for us for most nights, but man he played hard.”
The Mustangs also won the JV game 71-44 with Griffen Paige scored team high of 21 points.
Midd-West ends its regular season with a (8-14, 0-10) record and will await to see who it will be facing in the District 4 Class 4A playoffs.
Midd-West 66, Montgomery 25
Braedon Reid 5 2-3 14, Hunter Wolfley 1 0-2 2, Cordell Hostetler 2 3-4 7, Carter Knepp 2 0-0 5, Griffen Paige 3 0-0 9, Stefon Leitzel 1 2-2 4, Andrew Oldt 4 0-0 9, Isaac Hummel 6 4-8 16. Totals: 24 11-19 66
3-point goals: Reid 2, Knepp, Paige 3, Oldt
Did not score: Riley Lantz, Eli Swan, Easton Erb, Owen Solomon, Chris Fisher
Rayne Parrish 1 0-0 2, Logan Acmeida 3 3-4 11, Steven Prince 4 1-2 10, Austin Kuhn 1 0-0 2. Totals: 9 4-6 25
3-point goals: Acmeida 2, Prince
Did not score: Gavin Moore, Noah Gearhart, Cameron Yeagle, Coltin Hans, Weston Pick, Alex Hans, Brent Leon
Score by quarters
Montgomery 4-9-8-4 — 25
Midd-West 17-19-20-10 — 66