Navarre boys basketball coach Taf Bentley told his team it needed three stops down the stretch to survive a crucial District 1-8A showdown with Tate Friday night.
The Raiders got two.
That led to overtime, where an opportunity was missed for Navarre to stay unbeaten in district play. The Raiders fell 77-74 to the Aggies at home. They are 8-6 overall and 2-1 in district play.
“I told them when there was 2:30 left that we needed three stops, and that third one never came,” Bentley said. “We felt one more would have been the difference between winning and losing this one.”
Navarre led by as many as 13 points and held a 55-50 lead with 1:23 remaining after Matt Harshany, who poured in 51 points despite the loss, knocked down two free throws.
Tate cut the lead to two twice in the final minute but Caleb Cooks scored on a wide-open layup for a 59-55 advantage. A free throw by Elijah Proby put the Raiders in front 62-60 with 7.4 seconds left. Tate answered and the game went to OT.
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