Trojans Men’s Basketball Wins Big in First Home Playoff Game in Years

Midlo vs. Powhatan

Photo by: Eva Johnson
Caleb Edmonds scores for the Trojans.

On Monday, February 19, 2018, the Midlo Boys Basketball team entered the post season on their home court against the Powhatan Indians. This honor of hosting a playoff game is something players, coaches, and fans dream of all year long, and on this frigid night in Midlothian, the Trojans dream came to fruition. When asked to describe his emotions before the game, senior Caleb Edmonds described the feeling as “honestly surreal,” adding “it’s crazy to think the season’s almost over.”. Midlo entered this game as heavy favorites but needed solid performances from Henry Davis and Edmonds to seal the deal. Davis led the way with a monster 23 points, while Edmonds followed closely with 21, also pouring in 13 rebounds.

Early in the first period, Edmonds took over on the offensive glass, setting the tone for a stellar game to come. After Will Pomeroy launched a three that missed its mark, and Justin Penn missed a put back opportunity, Edmonds was there to fight off the box out of two Powhatan defenders, for a gritty offensive rebound and put back layup. Soon after, Pomeroy made a hard cut to the basket, collapsing the defense, then finding Davis for a well-timed backdoor cut, giving Davis his first bucket of the night. Pomeroy continued to dish out dimes later in the first, pushing the pace in transition, and then finding Davis open for the always lethal transition three. The first quarter came to a close by a score of 16 to 15 with the Trojans on top.

The Trojans began to take the game over late in the second quarter, ending on a 17 to 4 run. As with all sports, the last two minutes of the first half are absolutely critical to the way a team performs in the rest of the game. A strong effort to close a half can change the momentum and complexity of a game dramatically, and the Trojans demonstrated that to perfection. Davis led the eruption with a smooth catch and shoot three, assisted by Amir Reid, then a blow by dribble leaving his defender in the dust for another quick two. To close the half, Will Brown snagged a tough offensive rebound and slung it to Davis, wide open in the corner, who buried yet another three. All said and done, Midlo finished the half on top, 36-27.

From that moment on, Midlo retained a commanding grasp on the game, holding on for one of the programs finest wins in recent history. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the inspiring job coach David Brohl has done this season and the hard work and perseverance from the entire Trojan squad.