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Raiders beat Hornets, lose to Bears


Last updated 2/19/2020 at 9:47am

Soarin' Marchand lays it in for two in Friday night's win against Oroville. - Scott Hunter photos

The Raiders competed in league basketball playoffs this past week, defeating the Hornets and losing to the Bears, and now move onto a district crossover game on Friday.

Lake Roosevelt defeated the Oroville Hornets in a league playoff match Feb. 14, winning 69-52, but in a game that was a tie in the third quarter.

"Playoffs are a different ball game," Head Coach Jeremy Crollard said after the game. "Oroville came to play tonight. We have to expect the same type of intensity from here on out. Every team we play from here on out is a state-contender team."

Kyle Edmo passes to CJ Saxon in the Raiders' postseason game against Oroville Friday.

"I thought the boys overcame some tough calls and some adversity there to keep their wits," Crollard continued. "That's what we've been working on the past few weeks is mental toughness. They kept it together and made that run."

That run came after the game was tied three times in the third quarter until the Raiders stepped up their defense.

"When you get stops on defense, that's when our fastbreaks start going," Crollard said. "They picked up the intensity on D and started rattling, putting more pressure on their guards, and that played a huge role."

The Raiders played the Brewster Bears at home on Feb. 18, losing 70-48.

The loss means the Raiders will move onto a Districts 5/6 crossover game against a District 5 opponent, Liberty Christian, at 8 p.m. Friday in Quincy.


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