Linganore gets second win By Colin Stevens
Despite getting into early foul trouble in the second half and a late surge by the Middletown High School boys basketball team, Linganore held on for a 56-49 win on Tuesday at Middletown.
It was the Lancers’ second win of the season — the first also came against Middletown.
“I thought everyone on my team played well,” Linganore senior Seth Myers said. “We all work well together. We swung the ball, we looked for who was open and we made our free throws. So it was good.”
Linganore allowed Middletown into the bonus with 1 minute, 34 seconds left in the third quarter and committed its 10th foul with 6:33 left to play. The Lancers switched to a zone, which Middletown, lacking outside shooting, had trouble penetrating.
When the 10th foul was committed, Middletown trailed by just three points. But Luke Headley, who led the Knights with 15 points, missed both free throws. It was part of a 4 minute stretch in which the Knights didn’t score a basket and the Lancers went on a 9-0 run to expand their lead to 10 points.
Middletown would bring the lead back down to five points, but never got any closer. Linganore’s Kevin Haaf and Justin Myers scored layups, and Thomas Lang made two free throws in the final minutes to hold on to the win.
“We’ve worked so hard in practice; we’ve worked for it,” Justin Myers said. “It was completely a team effort. Everyone was making big shots.”
The Knights controlled play early and led 21-17 in the second quarter. But a 10-0 Lancers run, eight coming from Seth Myers, before the half put them ahead.
Middletown is still searching for its first win.
“They’re fighting,” Middletown coach Aaron White said. “They’re hanging in there. No one’s quitting. They’re still growing together. We’re not shooting the ball real good and they shot the ball better.”
Linganore got scoring from several players, especially in the second half when seven players scored. They were paced by Seth Myers’s 20 points. Justin Myers and Nick Gourley each added nine.
“We feel like we’ve been sitting on one win for what feels like forever,” Linganore coach Tom Kraft said. “It’s not just about the guys that were on the floor tonight. ... It’s a total team win. We keep talking about getting better every time we step on the floor and that’s not possible unless guys one through 14 are working their tails off every day in practice. And that’s what our guys do. It’s a good feeling in that locker room right now. We’ll come back tomorrow and get better.”
Linganore 56, Middletown 49
Linganore 13 14 14 15 — 56
Middletown 15 8 13 13 — 49
Linganore (2-11, 2-7): Seth Myers 20, Justin Myers 9, Nick Gourley 9, Garrett Fanning 6, Kyle Thomas Lang 6, Kevin Haaf 3, Tyler Anderson 2.
Middletown (0-14, 0-9): Luke Headley 15, Brad Rinehart 12, Ian Grife 9, Ben Panther 7, Jacob Bolton 2, Mitch Sgrignoli 2