Mingo Central falls in Florida
By Kyle Lovern
ORLANDO, FL. – The Mingo Central Miners lost in the consolation game on Monday morning in the Disney World Classic played in Florida.
On Saturday afternoon, they lost a 76-73 heartbreaker in the semi-finals of their division to Owen J. Roberts High School out of Pennsylvania.
“This was the best game we’ve played all year,” said Head Coach Brad Napier. “It was a good team effort. We just didn’t get the breaks at the end of the game.”
Mingo Central had a balanced scoring attack in the game led by Alex Lee with 18 points, Chase Hatfield scored 17, Mallie May had 11, Dalton Hatfield chipped in 10 and Julius Hatcher added 9. Adam Dillon and Stevie Hammond added 4 point apiece.
They fell 59-46 in the third place game to Fairlawn, New Jersey. Monday’s game started at 7:30 a.m., which was tough for both teams, but Napier said his team did not get out to a good start. “We missed some layups and made a lot of mistakes.
MCHS had 23 turnovers in the contest.
“Dalton (Hatfield) is starting to play how we expected him to this year,” Napier said of the shooting guard. He scored 15 points to lead the Miners.
He was the only player in double figures.
Lee and Hammond each scored 8 points, May and Dillon added 6 each for Mingo.
“We’re a young team and we are playing like it so far this season,” Napier added. “We have been up and down, but we’ll work to get better.”
The Miners got their first win of the season, as they defeated Balfour Collegiate of Canada 47-44 in the first round of the Disney World Classic in Orlando.
Mingo Central is now 1-5 on the season. Things don’t get any easier for the Miners as they travel to Poca on Friday night. They lost to the Dots earlier this season at home. Poca is a top 10 ranked Class AA team.
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