It was a homecoming of sorts for former Fredericksburg Christian standout Eric Shaw who returned to Fredericksburg wearing a Middleburg Academy jersey. Shaw must have felt right at home leading all scorers with 21 points to help Middleburg Academy defeat Fredericksburg Christian 65-51. Shaw took delight in going back and forth with the crowd.
"I told everyone to come out," Shaw said. "It was a friendly rivalry. I left to get better and face better competition."
Shaw combined with another former Eagle, Trey Rowser, to keep Fredericksburg Christian from taking the lead. Both players appear to relish the teasing from the student body. Rowser was particularly effective in the third quarter when he dished off for two assists, drained a jumper from the free throw line, before finishing the run with a corner three to give Middleburg a 45-31 lead.
Fredericksburg Christian made a run to end the quarter and pulled to within six (48-42) via two assists from senior Aaron Alexander. However the Eagles would get no closer scoring only nine points in the fourth quarter.
Senior Delante Victory scored 20 points to lead the Eagles scoring while adding 17 rebounds. Alexander scored 12 points with five dimes. A.J Addison finished with 10 points.
Middleburg received 12 points from sophomore Delante Jones (10 in the second quarter) and 11 points from Marcus Haynes. The Dragons filled the rim with eight treys. Five different players made a 3-pointer. In comparison, the Eagles were only 3 of 13 from downtown.
"They have some good outside shooters," Fredericksburg Christian head coach Darren Berkley said. "We weren't able to match their 3-point shooting."