Raiders knock off Aggies in district play

It didn’t look good for Navarre’s boys basketball team in the first few minutes of Friday night’s game against District 1-7A rival Tate.

The Raiders fell behind 8-0 mid-way through the opening quarter. But they have been in difficult positions before this year and found a way to bounce back.

That never-say-die mentality didn’t change against the Aggies as the Raiders gained control of the lead by halftime and never looked back en route to a 79-62 victory on senior night.

“I’m really happy with the way we fought through the adversity,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley. “For us to be down 8-0 at the start of the game was tough. We’ve done that a few times this year. But we were able to get through it.”

Quinton Wylie drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 8-8 with 3 minutes to go and a trey by Demetre Page knotted the game at 11-11. Navarre trailed 19-16 at the end of the first but went in front for good in the second thanks to a flurry of points by Marcus Richardson.

The senior center hit two free throws for a 20-19 lead and then followed up with a dunk and a layup as Navarre surged ahead 24-21. The Raiders led 35-28 at halftime.

“I think we were kind of waiting around for things to happen early on. But we had guys start making plays,” Bentley said. “It was a good team effort. We different guys scoring. I’m so proud of our chemistry and the way we are playing as a team.”

Read more in the Jan. 28 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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