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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 24, 2024

Charles City’s offense fades away in second quarter, Middlesex rolls to 77-65 win

By Robb Johnson | February 4, 2024 1:19 pm

Charles City’s Messiyah Greene (23) attempts to ward off a steal attempt by Middlesex’s Nathan Powell (4).

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Continuing to play through injuries, Charles City’s Panthers came out on an offensive attack during Jan. 30 against the visiting Middlesex Chargers. And despite leading after one, the hot shooting failed to last for the remainder of the contest.

Charles City’s Panthers fell 77-65 in the Tidewater District contest, marking their fourth consecutive loss.

Teams exchanged baskets early on before Panther guard Jonlei Coles scored five consecutive points to provide the hosts a 21-16 lead. After Middlesex’s Ichi Layne countered with a pull-up jumper, teams exchanged baskets with Taylor Bey’s free throws for the Panthers extending the home team’s lead to five (25-20). A basket by Charger forward Malik Dandy cut the Panthers lead to three heading into the second quarter.

The home team’s downfall would begin in the second quarter, with Middlesex doubling up Charles City 14-7 in the frame. In the third quarter, Charles City Head Coach De’Quantae Mason questioned an official’s call, leading to a technical foul. Despite trying to spark his team, Middlesex doubled up Charles City 24-12 in the third before sealing the win in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Mason spoke about how difficult it is playing injured and a tough schedule down the stretch.

“We are hoping to get everyone back as soon as possible,” the head coach commented. “It will get our confidence back up as a team and we will be ready to play with anyone.

“Tonight, we tried to drive and get the fouls,” Mason added. “It did frustrate them at times not getting fouls called, but we just have to remain mentally tough and not force the plays and try to make better ones.”

Coles’ 29 points led Charles City (7-11) in scoring, while teammate Bey contributed 23 points. Gavin Stewart finished with six, Messiyah Greene tossed in four, and Joseph Simms pumped in three.