Middlesex County College participated in the Region XIX tournament from the dates of Feb. 22-29 with games played at Middlesex, Essex and Northampton where they lost in the semi-finals.
The first game of the tournament was against Delaware County at home where they won with a score of 79-63.
Middlesex came close to falling behind late in the second half but stuck it out for the win.
The second game of the tournament took place at Essex against the 3-seeded Union on Feb.25 where Middlesex would win 96-89, according to region19.org.
Middlesex would be down by one point at half-time and would use a late-game run to secure the victory.
The team did not take this win for granted. Player Jared Meyer said, “Everything is a different game, so we came into every game trying to win.”
A big factor in the Union win was how much Middlesex shot from the free-throw line. Over the night, they shot 35 times and made 23 according to njcaa.org.
According to region19.org, the final game of the season would take place against the second-seeded Montgomery County at Northampton on Feb.29 where they would fall with a final score of 81-61.
Middlesex kept it to a score of 32-23 at halftime, but Montgomery never looked back in the second half.
The run that put the nail in the coffin for Middlesex was the first six minutes of the second half.
During this time period, Montgomery would go on a 13-7 run, according to https://njcaa.org.
After this run, Middlesex was unable to make it close again.
Over the night, Middlesex would struggle from three-point distance. For the night, they shot 2-19 which is equivalent to 10.5% according to region19.org
According to njcaa.org, Joshua Daniels led the team during the playoffs where he averaged 24 points and 3.6 rebounds.
The players were not happy about falling short. Jared Meyer, a freshman on the team said, “The goals that we had to start off the year…you know, obviously they were to win the championship and go to Minnesota, so I would consider it not a success but also the relationships you build throughout a year, I guess you could consider that a success.”