Navarre’s boys basketball team seemed poised to steal a win from Tate on the road Friday night.
Down double digits most of the night, the Raiders cut their lead to seven early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Elijah Proby.
Chants of “Defense” were ignited at that point by the Navarre fans, but it was Tate that used a stellar defensive effort down the stretch to secure a 68-49 win.
Turnovers doomed the Raiders’ hopes for their first win of the season. They fell to 0-5. Tate is unbeaten through five games.
“We did get back into it, but turnovers hurt,” Navarre head coach Terry Posey said. “You can’t point the finger at one person. We all had a (turnover) party. I think I had two myself.”
The Raiders didn’t slow down enough late to make the possessions count and the Aggies capitalized.
Eric Patino knocked down a 3-pointer that cut the Tate lead to 63-41 with 4:22 left but the Aggies eventually went back up by as many as 19.
“When you don’t take care of the ball, it’s tough,” Posey said. “Anytime you turn the ball over, that’s two points you don’t get.”
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