Raider boys basketball at .500 for season
After a big win over Manson, the Raider boys dropped their win-loss record to 6-6 overall and 1-2 in Central Washington 2B play after losses to Kittitas and White Swan last week.
LR still sits at the number-two spot in the Central Washington North standings.
Against the Manson Trojans Jan. 14, Lake Roosevelt used fast-paced play along with an aggressive attack to build a halftime lead of 24 points.
The Trojans never came back, and in the end LR picked up a 66-35 win to start league play.
"We came in knowing it was league and each game was very important; I was very pleased with how we played and executed," Head Coach Matt Simpson said.
Simpson highlighted Taren Redstar for his excellent play. Redstar scored 11 points and nabbed eight steals. Theron Nault scored seven points and grabbed six steals. Chance Gravin was the high-point man with 13 on the night.
Next for the Raiders were the league-leading Coyotes at Kittitas on Friday. The game was exciting with neither team pulling out to a safe lead. The game came down to the wire with the Raiders falling just short to give the win to Kittitas, 54-53.
The loss ended a four-game win streak for the Raiders.
The Raiders turned around the next day and played the White Swan Cougars in a game rescheduled from Jan. 7.
The Raiders fell behind in the first quarter and never regained the lead. White Swan hit shots and made fast breaks on Raider mistakes. As the game went, LR showed fatigue from the previous night's game and made simple mistakes on both offense and defense. At halftime, the score was White Swan 35- LR 23.
In the second half, the Raiders tried to come back. Raider fouls helped the Cougars keep the lead. In the fourth, the Raiders cut the lead to nine and looked to make the last-second comeback to win.
But miscues on the floor, and the Cougars making their free throws, ended the comeback for a White Swan victory at 58-50.
This week the Raiders will face off against the Mountain Lions of Liberty Bell and the Oroville Hornets. Liberty Bell is the CWL North leader at 8-5 overall, 2-2 in league play. LR travelled to Liberty Bell last night for the game. They'll take on Oroville (2-10) for Friday's home game. Tip off Friday at Gailord Nelson Gym is at 7:30 p.m.
Black 3, K.Davis 7, W. Davis 0, Garvin 13, Nault 7, Nicholson 8, Palmer 2, Picard 9, Redstar 11, Rosenbaum 4, Louie 3
Taren Redstar brings it up against White Swan Saturday. - Scott Hunter photo