Raider Faithful, basketball is almost here! With the fall league coming to a close the next week, here are some standout performances against River Ridge that should have you ready for another season of Raider basketball.
In a 45-55 loss, the Raiders were a little undermanned on Thursday night, as they have yet not finalized a roster, and some of last year’s contributors, including junior standout Luka Avaliani, were not present. That did not stop the Raiders from putting together a solid night’s work. Although head coach Coach Bo Abney was in the stands for this game, the team’s play, directed by Coach Bryan Morris, reflected Abney’s emphasis over the past two years. One notable adjustment from last year is the extra pass that some players are making. On many occasions, instead of settling for a shot, a player would pass to create a great shot for another teammate.
The Raiders had several sophomores play meaningful minutes last year, and while a learning curve is still seen at times, chemistry is building for these players. The high scorer of the night was junior swingman Carson Adler with 14 points, who has shown noticeable growth from last year. Adler has expanded his offensive arsenal and is now showing the potential to be a complete scorer on all three levels. Junior Dylan Pumpian provided a number of big threes, and all of Raider Nation should know how fast Dylan can catch fire. In his first varsity start last year, Dylan erupted for 18 points, including four three pointers.
As for the veterans of the team, senior David Sickles, seems to have stepped into leadership very nicely and will look to have a big season. David created many shots for himself but was also vocal and kept the team on course when they were down by as many as 14 points. Fellow senior Cole Morris was dominant in the low post, finishing with an easy double double. With Franklin Muoka leaving your Raiders this offseason for college, Cole will have to step into the role as the starting big man this year, and he showed he is more then capable of it. Without any hesitancy under the basket, he finished strong and commanded double teams from the River Ridge defenders to open up shooters. Keep an eye on this strategy for the Raiders this season. In the past, they have dumped the ball in to a big to set up action off of it, whether it be a backside cut or quickly swinging the ball around the perimeter to shooters.
The Raiders will open the season with a scrimmage against the Pope Greyhounds on November 7th, so mark your calendars and make sure to come and support your Raiders!