Midland slips past Northside Christian

HATHAWAY – The Northside Warriors were right where they needed to be Thursday in the first game of the Hathaway Tournament.

The Warriors (4-3) trailed Class B Midland by just one (25-24) at the half and looked as if they were possibly on the verge of avenging a 57-38 loss to the Rebels just a week and a half ago.

But it wasn’t to be.

Midland (4-0) went on a 15-7 run in the third quarter and held off a late rally to slip away with a 47-45 victory over the Warriors and keep their unbeaten record intact.

“We really didn’t play that well tonight,” said MHS coach Todd Briley, whose squad missed a number of layups and missed their first nine shots from the free throw line. “But you have to give Northside credit. They are good. We didn’t keep them off the glass and they shot the ball well.”

Midland’s Alan Vondenstein controlled the lane early on, pouring in eight of his 16 points in the first quarter.

But B.J. Starks kept the Warriors within striking distance, connecting on one of his three 3-pointers and sinking four free throws in the opening frame as Midland took a 16-14 advantage.

The Warriors and the Rebels went back-and-fourth in the second frame with Midland clinging to a 25-24 lead at the break.

The Rebels opened it up in the third quarter, leading by as many as 10 behind six points from Andrew Hains and five from Chase Vincent.

“We minimized the turnovers and got some key stops in the first half that helped us out,” said NCS coach Byron Starks. “But they (Midland) came out of the half with a lot of energy. We had a few turnovers to start the half and before you knew it, it was a 10-point game.”

The Warriors chipped away at the lead in the fourth frame behind seven more points from Starks and a 3-pointer from Tracy Wilridge but were never able to get any closer that two.

“It was good to see us battle back in it,” said Starks. “We never took the lead but we were within range though out the contest.

“I was pleased with our performance, but we are not satisfied.”

Ben Rogers followed Starks with nine points while Josh Wheeler and Gotte each pitched in six. Kade Miller scored five and Wilridge had three.

For Midland, Vondenstein was followed by Vincent with 10 points and Hains with nine. Darren Arceneaux and Michael Primeaux each added five and Jake Gautreaux finished with two.

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