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Chance Garvin dunks it one of four times in Thursday's game against Entiat. - Scott Hunter photos

The Raiders boys basketball season started last week with a two-game win streak before losing on Saturday to the Warden Cougars.

Lake Roosevelt had defeated the Hornets at Oroville on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 68-65, and two days later took down the Entiat Tigers 76-58 in front of a home crowd in Coulee Dam.

With two wins, the Raiders were confident going into the game against the Cougars and showed good effort, according to Raider Head Coach Mario Adams.

"Effort-wise, I thought we competed at a high level," Adams said. "In the game of basketball, it comes down to making shots. Warden did this better than us, and in the end the scoreboard showed this."

The final score was Warden 64, LR 52.

"Warden is a great team with plenty of experience," Adams said, "starting with their chemistry, coaches, and with their offense."

When asked who shined, Coach Adams had several players in mind whom he said had shown great skill in the games thus far.

"The seniors – Jake Palmer, Taren Redstar, Chance Garvin, and Jesse Louie – were really communicative on how to attack Warden's offense and defense," Adams said. "I was impressed with the leadership they showed, and really felt the passion of playing for each other. It was very remarkable to witness."

Jessie Louie kept the pressure up from the outside with three-point shots against the Tigers.

But the Warden game also revealed a shooting weakness, the coach indicated. "We had a tough night with our shooting percentage and free throws," he said. "That will be the focus for next week and moving forward."

The Raiders will be ready for whatever comes next, he said.

"I believe in this team, and we all are focused to improve from last week," Adams said. "Overall, I am truly impressed with how far this team has picked up the necessities of this new offensive style and adapted to adversity when things did not go our way."

Last night, the Raiders took on the Bridgeport Mustangs at home. The Mustangs were 0-3 going into the game, averaging only 36 points per game.

Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gailord Nelson Gym the Raiders will host the Manson Trojans, who at deadline were undefeated. In three wins, Manson has averaged 48 points per game. Last night the Trojans played the Okanogan Bulldogs in Okanogan.

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