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Fans at Wartburg Middle School were treated to a shootout Thursday night as Thomas Davis’ Bulldogs held off Justin O’Toole’s Midway Green Wave, 63-56.
Wartburg started fast Thursday as they jumped out to a 14-6 lead after eight minutes of play.
Then in the second period it looked as if the Bulldogs might make it a quick night as they built a 25-14 lead midway through the frame, but that’s when the Green Wave caught fire. Midway scored nine straight points before Wartburg used a late basket to take a 27-23 lead at halftime.
Thomas Carroll (11 points) and Dylan Fountain (10 points) led the way for Wartburg in the first half while the trio of Jake Woody (9 points), Landon Davidson (8 points) and Landon Atchley (6 points) combined for all of Midway points in the first two quarters of play.
The third period was dominated by Wartburg as they again appeared ready to deliver the knockout blow. Led by five points each from Carroll and Jordan Lane, Wartburg outscored Midway 18-8 in the frame to take a 45-31 lead into the final period of play.
Wartburg scored again to make it 47-31 early in the final period, but that’s when Midway again came storming back. Powered by Atchley, Woody and Skyan Lyle, the Green Wave put together a 15-2 run to pull within 49-46.
The deficit remained three, 55-52, heading into the final minute, but that’s when a strange turn of events allowed Wartburg to put the game away.
Down three, Midway was driving to the basket only to have a shot blocked by Wartburg’s Carroll. In the scramble for the loose ball, Midway committed a foul with 55.1 seconds left. That’s when frustration set in for the Green Wave, as two different players received technical fouls after the original foul call.
Kirk Harlan hit the first two free throws for the original foul then Carroll drained all four technical free throws as Wartburg held a comfortable nine-point lead at 61-52.
Midway didn’t have enough time to rally after that as Wartburg picked up the seven-point victory.
Several players on both teams put up big numbers on the evening.
Carroll (21 points, 9 assists, 5 blocks, 4 rebounds), Harlan (12 points, 4 rebounds), Fountain (10 points) and Justin Thomas (7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals) led the way for Wartburg.
Woody (17 points, 8 steals, 5 assists, 4 rebounds), Davidson (15 points, 10 rebounds), Atchley (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Lyle (9 points) led the way for the Green Wave.
Midway (56) Woody 17, Atchley 13, Davidson 15, Thompson 2, Lyle 9.
Wartburg (63) Carroll 21, Thomas 7, Harlan 12, Fountain 10, Justes 2, Hopper 4, Lane 7.
The first game of the evening wasn’t much of a contest as Wartburg downed the Lady Waves, 47-10.
Midway scored first Thursday, but Wartburg answered with a 21-0 run on their way to a 34-6 lead at halftime.
Wartburg outscored Midway 13-4 in the second half to put the finishing touches on their 37-point victory.
Caitlyn Ross led Midway with seven points on the evening.
Midway will hit the road this week with games at Greenback on Monday followed by a trip to Spring City on Thursday.
Midway (10) Ross 7, Alexis Bosnak 1, Anna Bosnak 2.