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Raider boys' playoff hopes go poof, still having fun


Trevor McCraigie looks for a way through a defensive trap with help from Kolby Picard, left. - Jacob Wagner photos

The Raider boys basketball team is statistically ruled out of any playoff possibility following losses against Tonasket, Omak, and Bridgeport.

The Raiders lost on the road 29-59 to the Tonasket Tigers last Tuesday.

"It was just a bad game overall in every aspect," said Raider Head Coach Levi Seekins.

The boys hosted the Omak Pioneers in a non-league game on Thursday, which they lost 65-48. "They knocked down some big shots which really got us out of the game and we never came back up." The Raiders were down 27-20 at the half, 51-29 at the end of the third quarter, but did outscore the Pioneers 19 points to 14 in the fourth, but still not enough for the win.

"I think they had fun playing the game," Seekins said. "And in the end it's a game, so it's important to enjoy it. We worked on the things that we worked on in practice and we got those well, so I'm extremely proud of them."

On Saturday the Raiders played the Oroville Hornets, who defeated LR 53-43. "We just couldn't get anything going," Seekins said. "We did not play our best when our best was needed to win."

Kolby Picard led the Raiders with 21 points.

The loss puts the Raiders' win-loss record at 2-12, making it impossible for the Raiders to move on to the playoffs.

The Raiders are playing in Waterville on Thursday to take on the 3-11 Shockers. The Raiders will then play their final game of the season in Soap Lake against the 7-6 Eagles to make up for a game canceled earlier in the season originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was canceled due to icy road conditions.

Raiders 29 Tigers 59

Adam George goes for two against Omak. The freshman scored five points in the game.

Raider Points

Friedlander 2, McCraigie 15, Kiser 2, Trotter 4, Lindsey 2, Whiteman 4

Pioneers 65 Raiders 48

Raider Points

Friedlander 3, McCraigie 11, Williams 4, Kiser 3, Picard 4, George 5, Trotter 4, Lindsey 9, Whiteman 5

Raiders 43 Mustangs 53

Raider Points

McCraigie 13, Kiser 7, Picard 21

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