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MELTDOWNS: Second-half struggles doom Raiders in losses to Rollers, Lions

Posted 1/14/14

 

On the surface, many fans and observers do not see or realize the importance of the mental part of any sport. Confidence and believing in yourself can lead teams to victories as much as the physical part.

On the other hand, mental …

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MELTDOWNS: Second-half struggles doom Raiders in losses to Rollers, Lions

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toughshot1 15 14On the surface, many fans and observers do not see or realize the importance of the mental part of any sport. Confidence and believing in yourself can lead teams to victories as much as the physical part.

On the other hand, mental letdowns, emotions and drops in confidence can turn into negative factors and lead to losses. And those, unfortunately, were the major factors that worked against the Middletown boys’ basketball team in a pair of losses last week. 

It was no real surprise to anyone that the Blue Raiders lost at Steelton-Highspire on Wednesday, Jan. 8, simply because the high-flying Rollers (10-3, 7-0 in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division) are one of the top teams in the conference. But a second-half meltdown by the Raiders turned a somewhat competitive game into a rout for the Rollers.

Middletown led Camp Hill by 9 points at halftime on Friday, Jan. 10, then ran off the first 10 points of the third quarter. But the Raiders suffered another meltdown and let one slip away as the host Lions (5-6, 2-4) rallied for the win . . .

 

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