The Midfield, Ala., Patriots had several options on the basketball court and any of those did a pretty good job of producing.
Aaron Gaines led five players to score in double figures with 18 points and the Patriots defeated the New Hope Trojans Thursday afternoon at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump Christmas Tournament.
"We only have one kid that averages in double figures and four that averages nine so we try to get everyone involved, being that we're kind of a small team," Midfield coach Darrell Barber said. "When we have five guys in double figures, we're pretty tough to beat."
The Patriots improved to 11-5 with the victory and are ranked No. 3 in Alabama.
After taking a 41-30 halftime lead, Midfield saw New Hope cut the margin to 50-46 in the third quarter.
The Patriots scored the next five points to regain control of the game and led 58-47 at the end of three quarters.
Barber enjoys putting his team on the Humphrey Coliseum court at Mississippi State for competition.
"It's been great," Barber said. "My daughter is in school here so I've been here, but to have the team to come down here, in the hotel and playing this college floor is great. (Starkville High School athletic director) Mr. (Stan) Miller is a wonderful host and we really enjoy it."
The Trojans, who fell to 7-6, were led in scoring by Jaylon Bardley with 13 points, while Chris Moseley added 11 points and Whyatt Foster chipped in 10 points.
After defeating Starkville the first night of the event, Midfield goes for the sweep today when it takes on Columbus to start day three at 11 a.m.
"Our plan was to come over here and win all three," Barber said.
New Hope finishes up its play at the event against Hamilton, Tenn., at 12:30 p.m.
Aberdeen 45, Lanett, Ala. 41
The Aberdeen Bulldogs made a first-quarter lead stand up as they picked up the only victory for Mississippi teams so far in the tournament.
After going up 14-9 after the first quarter, the Bulldogs clung to a 23-22 advantage at halftime and were able to hang on throughout the second half.
Marcus Caroutheres led Aberdeen with 16 points, while Justin Jackson scored 19 points for Lanett, Ala., which plays Starkville at 2 p.m. to conclude the tournament.
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