Raiders riding wave of momentum

Confidence is on the rise for Navarre’s boys basketball team, particularly over the last few weeks as the Raiders are finding ways to win games even when it appears victory is out of reach.

No moment highlights that more than the Raiders’ game against Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) Dec. 29 in the Northwest Florida Shootout at Choctaw.

Down by nine at one point, Navarre battled back and capped a thrilling rally with two clutch free throws by Quinton Wylie with six seconds left to play. His two shots lifted the Raiders to a 35-34 win.

Wylie drew contact while driving into the lane and was confident he would deliver in crunch time.

“I had a feeling I could get the foul,” Wylie said. “They cut off the 3-point line so I used a pump fake and drove in. I felt like when the ball left my hands that the free throws were going in.”

The free throws sealed the deal on Navarre’s fifth win its last six games, pushing its record to 9-5. The Raiders lost 60-41 in the shootout title game against Choctaw.

Still, the recent success is a great sign for a team that has shaken off a rugged start to become a team with a ton of potential.

“If we continue to work together, we can be as good as we want to be as a team,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “I felt like every time we made a shot tonight, we all made it. We’re creating a team culture and we all feel good when one guy does well.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 7 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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