Matt Harshany had more points than Milton did as a team in the first half of Tuesday’s season opener.
Navarre’s senior point guard is just that good and he ended up with 37 in the Raiders’ 59-49 win over the Panthers at home.
Harshany finished the first half with 23 of the Raiders’ 29 points. Milton had 22. Harshany is now 38 points away from 1,000 in his career.
Andre Smith added 13 points in his regular-season debut for the Raiders. Interestingly enough the transfer was up against his old team.
“It was fun. We were going back and forth talking to each other,” Smith said. “I’ve got some friends over there. They should be good this year. I wish them the best of luck.”
Navarre trailed 14-12 after one quarter but took control in the second behind 14 points from Harshany, who drained three shots from beyond the arc, including one from up top with 1:46 left. He was fouled and hit the ensuing free throw to give the Raiders a 29-19 lead.
Smith dominated the third, scoring eight points as the Raiders rolled into the fourth with a 44-30 advantage.
Milton closed the gap to seven in the final quarter. Navarre did enough down the stretch to to get the win.
“It’s a great way to start off the season,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “We’re still trying to learn what our identity is going to be, but what a great performance by Matt. He helped us get through some tough times.”
Smith also made an impression.
“The great thing about Andre is that he stepped up and made some crucial plays to help us get this win,” Bentley said.
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