The Raiders went on a two-game win streak, posting victories over Manson and Kittitas last week.
The wins improve the Raiders’ win-loss record to 4-8 overall and 2-1 in Central Washington 2B play.
At Manson Jan. 8, Chance Garvin scored 27 points to lead the Raiders to a 66-60 win.
Head Coach Jeff Brisbois said a big reason for the win was that “we started to run our plays and scored every time.”
The Raiders also exploited a hole in the Trojans’ defense.
“They could not stop us when we attacked the middle of their press,” Brisbois said.
Brisbois said Jacob Palmer impressed him with rebounds and blocked shots. Palmer scored six points, while Trey Nicholson scored a season-high 13 points at Manson.
LR carried the momentum into last Friday’s home game against closely matched Kittitas.
Garvin and Daniel Campobasso were both out due to illness.
Drew Saxon and Merle Picard hit three pointers to start the Raider offense in the first quarter, but the score at the end of the first quarter was Coyotes 14, Lake Roosevelt 11. During the second, both offenses had trouble making shots from the field as the score at half was Coyotes 24, LR 17.
Right out of the gate in the second half, Saxon nailed a three pointer to start a rally that gave the Raiders their first lead of the game on a Justus DeWinkler three pointer, 25-24.
Both squads started playing rough as a Kittitas player committed a flagrant foul. Brisbois voiced his concerns to the official about the roughness of play and received a technical. The Raiders offense pushed the lead to five points during the third quarter before Kittitas answered. The score at the end of the third was LR 29, Coyotes 26.
During the 4th quarter, the physical action of the game continued but the Raiders’ offense stepped up to the challenge pushing the lead to 10 points as the faster play of the Raiders upset the Coyotes’ rhythm. Down the stretch, the Coyotes tried to come back but the Raiders held them at bay, picking up their second win in a row, 49-41.
Justus DeWinkler gave his best offensive performance of the season as the Raiders’ high-point man, scoring 20 points, many in the second-half surge.
Last night, the Raiders were scheduled to play Liberty Bell, who had to postpone all their games for the last week and a half due to a whooping cough epidemic.
LR faces the Hornets at Oroville starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Hornets are tied with the Raiders at 4-8 overall and are coming off a loss to Riverside Christian and last night’s game at Manson.
Nault 0, Rosenbaum 2, Picard 7, DeWinkler 20, Saxon 7, Piccolo 7, Nicholson 2, Palmer 4