When Marcus Richardson threw down a dunk with a minute to play in overtime of Navarre’s game against Choctaw Tuesday night, the Raiders were on the brink of a comeback win.
But, as had been the case most of the night, the Raiders simply couldn’t make the plays that put them over the top in a 66-62 loss to the Indians.
Navarre had cut the gap to 64-62 with 27.9 seconds to play on a layup by Juwan Bracy but got no closer as it dropped its second-consecutive game. The Raiders are 2-2 on the year.
“All you can ask for is an opportunity to win the game at the end, and we were able to push it to overtime after being down,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “We just have to work on figuring out the best way to close out a game.”
Navarre managed to get to overtime when Trey Baker drove into the lane for a layup and drew a foul as his shot dropped through the net. He hit the ensuing free throw to tie the score at 54-54 with under a minute left in regulation.
The overtime period didn’t start well. Navarre quickly fell into a 61-54 hole with 2:36 left. But free throws by Demetre Page and Bracy cut the lead to 62-58 with two minutes to go before Richardson’s dunk energized the crowd and pulled the Raiders within two.
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