Weeks ago Will Avery told me Langford plays like a junior varsity team. With that information, I knew where to go Monday on the opening night of the Richmond County middle school season. Langford, the defending county champs, hosted Hornsby, the only team able to defeat the Lions in the past twelve months. In fact that lone loss came against Hornsby exactly one year ago on opening night.
Langford took advantage of its second chance at revenge (the Lions beat the Jaguars in the semifinals of the county championship tournament last January), earning a 42-31 win behind 20 points from Tyshun Briscoe and 17 by Makhi Taylor. Langford is a well rounded team that plays unselfishly and has weapons at all positions.
|Langford's Tyshun Briscoe scored 20 points in Langford's home win Monday.|
Monday's matchup was the fifth middle school game on the AugBball calendar. They've all been highly entertaining. The gyms are smaller than at the high schools. The bleachers fill up fast and the crowds are loud. And in Richmond County Monday night, the middle school gym was also the place to be for the area's best high school players. Laney's Zep Jasper, Christian Keeling, and Donald Henley had their seats pulled up before halftime of the girls game.
Richmond County has a rich tradition of competitive and entertaining basketball, no matter the age of the players. Keeling and Jasper won a county championship together at Langford 5 years ago. I'm glad both counties have tipped off. And I hope the rest of the season is as good as this early stretch.