After a decisive win over the Lassiter Trojans in the region tournament on Tuesday, your Raider boys march on to take on the Etowah Eagles tonight at 8:30. The boys showed all indications on Tuesday of making a strong tournament run and the ability to compete with anyone.
The boys defeated the Trojans 64-44. The Raiders opened up the game attacking, opening up a 23-0 lead. They were able to find open shooters repeatedly on this run, and there was no hesitation from the shooters at all. Carson Adler was one of these shooters, attacking the Trojans and creating separation on his shots from the tip. Carson continued his play into the second half and ended with 14 points on the game. David Sickles once again continued his role as a senior playmaker, finding his own shots but helping orchestrate the offense as well. If the Raiders want to make a region championship run on Friday, the team will need David not only to hit big shots but lead others on the floor.
It was the Raider defense that really impressed Tuesday night. The team had a new level of intensity on that end of the floor, playing as a collective unit. Throughout the night, the Raiders were calling out ball screens and playing help defense. Landon Hong helped lead this effort, locking down the best Lassiter player for the entirety of the gamer. Landon sparked the team’s big first quarter run by disrupting the Trojan offense and being a nuisance to Lassiter ball handlers. Most importantly, the Raiders worked as one on Tuesday. Before the game, Coach Abney said to the team, “We have all the talent to win this game. Lassiter is going to come out with a fire though, and when things get tough you guys have to rally together and pick each other up.” As the Trojans threatened to cut the lead to single digits midway through the second quarter, the team did rally and came of a timeout with a renewed passion, attacking the basket and covering all of their defensive assignments.
The tournament continues tonight against Etowah. A win against the Eagles not only will mean that the Raiders will play for the region championship but also earn the opportunity to host their first state playoff game in 40 years. To get there, the Raiders need everything they’ve worked for this season including your support. Now is the time for all Raider faithful to come out tonight!