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After win and loss, still hope for playoffs for Raiders

 

Derek Whiteman lays two points in against Manson Saturday night. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Raider boys defeated the Mountain Lions, but fell to the Trojans last week, still leaving Lake Roosevelt with a long shot at the playoffs.

Hosting the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions on a night of freezing rain last Tuesday, the Lake Roosevelt Raiders won the match-up by double the points, 54-27.

"Everything was clicking for us on offense, and we weren't missing," said Head Coach Levi Seekins. "The ball was zipping around, we were hitting wide open guys who were knocking it down."

"Confidence is key for us as a team," Seekins continued. "Trust in each other, trust in our plays, trust in the defense."

Trevor McCraigie led the Raiders with a whopping 27 points for the evening, 21 coming from three-point territory.

The Raiders weren't quite as confident on Saturday, however, trailing the Manson Trojans 18-12 at the half, and losing ground in the second half to lose 44-23.

"I've got to hand it to Manson; their game plan really worked," Seekins said. "Their defense was locking us down all game."

McCraigie wasn't playing up to his usual high standard, only scoring seven for the evening, which the coach said hurt the Raiders in the end.

The loss gives the Raiders a 2-10 win-loss record, and puts them eighth out of nine teams in the Central Washington 2B league. Still, they are only one game behind sixth- and seventh-place Waterville and Manson. The top six teams move on to the playoffs.

"We're just gonna let the loss go and really try to push," Seekins said. "We still have a shot to try and slip our way into the playoffs."

The Raiders played last night against the 9-3 Tonasket Tigers, results of which will be in next week's Star.

The Raiders host the Omak Pioneers in a non-league game on Thursday in Coulee Dam, with junior varsity games scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. The Raiders have another home game on Saturday against the Bridgeport Mustangs, with JV scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Raiders 54 Mountain Lions 27

Raider Points

McCragie 27, Williams 3, Kiser 9, Picard 4, George 2, Trotter 3,

Lindsey 2, Whiteman 4

Raiders 25 Trojans 44

Raider Points

Friedlander 1, McCragie 7, Williams 6, Kiser 2, Picard 7, Whiteman 2

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