The Mathews High School varsity boys’ basketball team went 1-1 following the Christmas break, losing a 56-54 heartbreaker on Monday night to the Rappahannock Raiders and beating King and Queen on Tuesday, 63-54.
Tuesday night’s Tidewater District debut wasn’t a pretty game, as fouls, turnovers and a few missed calls made for a very long evening. MHS came out strong and took an early 23-12 lead. The Tigers retaliated by scoring 20 second-quarter points, and the teams were tied at 32-32 at halftime.
Mathews regained control in the second half, outscoring King and Queen 16-9 in the third quarter and 15-13 in the fourth. MHS managed to steal the ball from King and Queen six times with three minutes on the clock.
C.J. Kelly led the Devils with 14 points and was four for six from the foul line. Deondre Foster scored 13 points and was perfect from the foul line. Chris Foster handled the ball well, scoring11 points. Michael Cunningham scored seven points. Deon Blake and Ross McLaughlin scored four points each. McLaughlin had four steals in the last five minutes of the game. Andre Carter, Chase Kemp, Nick Stump and Carter Vrooman scored two points apiece.