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MACU falls to Stratford in men's basketball

Stratford (Va.) 98 Mid-Atlantic Christian 65

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Mid-Atlantic Christian's Malik Galloway (with ball) scores a basket during the men's basketball game against Stratford (Va.), Thursday, January 17, 2019 at MACU's Chesson Gym.

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By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Mid-Atlantic Christian men’s basketball team lost to Stratford University (Va.) 98-65 Thursday night at Chesson Gym.

The Mustangs (2-13) surrendered the first nine points of the contest.

Many of the points were either in transition, a break down on defense or an easy baskets inside.

That would be a trend in the contest as MACU trailed by 53-27 at halftime and by 36 points in the second half.

“We just didn’t play well at all,” MACU men’s basketball coach Allan Harris said. “We didn’t play defense at all. We didn’t guard a man. We didn’t guard the ball. We didn’t play the passing lane, no weak-side help. We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do defensively.”

Stratford controlled the offensive boards in the contest as the Mustangs were out-rebounded in the game, with MACU committing 21 turnovers.

“We didn’t play tough,” Harris said.

The Mustangs appear to be short-handed as some standout players from the first half of the season have not logged playing time for MACU in recent games.

The coach acknowledged that there had been roster turnover since the end of the last semester.

Harris acknowledged that backcourt players that earned playing time Thursday are part of a new group of players in the rotation.

That group includes Colin Cunningham, Tyshon Harris, Khalil Bolden, Daniel Dance and Raqwuan Tyre.

“We are basically starting from the beginning,” coach Harris said. “We just have to keep working.”

One of the bright spots for MACU in the contest was Malik Galloway.

The sophomore from Tallahassee, Florida rebounded and blocked shots on the defensive end and was able to get baskets and rebound on the offensive end.

Galloway led MACU with 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

Coach Harris said that individually, Galloway did some things OK, but added that the team did not do what they were suppose to do.

Dance posted 12 points.

Alex Stanley, a senior, was also able to get baskets inside, while stepping out and converting on jump shots.

The former Pasquotank County High School player finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Tyshon Harris connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the first half to spark a 6-0 run for MACU.

He finished with eight points and three assists.

Stratford (13-3) had four players score 10 or more points as Dominique Williams led the Cardinals with 21 points.

Ron Davis feasted inside the paint as the junior forward scored 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting with six rebounds.

Jamonte Ricked followed with 18 points and eight rebounds and Kendall Shepherd posted 12 points in the win.

MACU returns to the court today at home against Piedmont International.

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