Raiders roll over Dolphins in district opener

Tyrese Harvey soared above the rim early in the fourth quarter, getting his hand on the ball that was bouncing around after a missed shot and throwing it down with ferocity.

His dunk brought the fans to their feet and served as the exclamation point in Navarre’s 59-38 win over rival Gulf Breeze Friday night.

Harvey is a senior this season and is making the most of his final go-round with the Raiders. In the showdown with the Dolphins, Harvey scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds on a night when every shot he took seemed to drop in.

His success shouldn’t surprise anyone. Harvey has worked hard to get to where he is today.

“It comes from all that hard work I put in in the gym over the summer, shooting on the machine, working on my ball handling and working on my defense,” Harvey said. “It all came together tonight.”

Harvey was in a rhythm from the opening tip and never slowed down as he helped the Raiders push their record to 5-4.

“I was feeling it,” Harvey said. “Every time I took a shot it felt like it was going in. I had no hesitation.”

His teammates played with that same relentless effort, working for the best possible shot and hounding the Dolphins with constant pressure to open District 1-8A play with a big win.

Navarre could have come into this matchup feeling down and out after losing 48-47 at the buzzer to Escambia one night earlier. The Raiders did the opposite, determined to bounce back in a big way.

“It shows you the character of our guys,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “To see them all locked in, I’m so lucky to coach a group of guys who do exactly what I ask them to.”

Read more in the Dec. 15 edition of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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