The Raiders are coming into the last week of the regular season with an 11-game winning streak for a overall record of 14-4 and a Central Washington North record of 11-0.
This past week’s wins came on the road on Tuesday at Brewster and on Thursday at Manson.
The Manson game was rescheduled for Thursday from the previously scheduled night of Friday, Feburary 3, because of a gym use conflict.
The Raiders took the Trojans out of the game by halftime, with the score 41-22. Third quarter success continued for the Raiders as they had 23 points to the Trojans 4 to end any doubt about whether Manson would come back.
The final score landed at LR 76-Manson 40.
The star performance for the Raiders came from Ty Egbert who scored 40 points on the night to match the total offensive effort of the Trojans.
Head Coach Brad Wilson had this to say about the win at Manson,
“We played an outstanding third quarter, defensively,” said Head Coach Brad Wilson, “and allowed only a desperation three at the end of a shot clock and one free throw. We also attacked the basket well to compensate for making no three pointers.”
The win over Manson was a “should-win” game for the Raiders, whereas the game on Tuesday at Brewster was still in doubt at the tip-off.
The Bears played tough defense on Egbert at both hoops, using two guys to cover on defense and one on offense to disrupt Egbert’s defensive play. That put one Raider open on offense at all times, and the Bears fell to a 10-point deficit at the half.
With the lead 38-28, LR still had to put together a third-quarter spree to make certain the win and come away as the outright Central Washington North champs. They did just that with an 18-point third and 23-point fourth to bury the Bears 79-57 in their own den.
Coach Wilson had this to say on the performance at Brewster,:
“We shot the ball fairly well at Brewster and did a good job at creating some turnovers,” Wilson noted. “Other than a couple occasions of poor ball security, we made good decisions and found the open guy.”
The Raiders enter the last week of the regular season on top of the standings. They had a road game at Oroville scheduled last night and Senior Night at Gailord Nelson Gym against Bridgeport starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow night.
Tomorrow’s season closer with Bridgeport will feature all four squads at the LR gym due to a Grand Coulee Dam Middle School home girls’ game starting at 5 p.m. As such, the boys’ JV will play at 5 p.m and the varsity will tip off at 8 p.m. at LRHS.