This is the time of the year where teams either show they have the ability to be a title contender or fade away as a team that doesn’t quite have what it takes to rise up.
Navarre’s boys basketball team has no intentions of fading away and they put their potential to contend for a district title on display Friday night in a senior night win over Tate.
The Raiders rolled to a 76-54 victory, their second win in the last three games, using teamwork and a solid defensive effort to take down the Aggies.
“We played good basketball tonight, and that’s the kind of effort we want to try and replicate,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “It was great to get this win on senior night and see the community proud of this team because these boys play so hard.”
The 76 points is the most the Raiders have hung on the scoreboard all season, and they did it behind a balanced attack fueled by the willingness of the players to make the extra pass in order to get the best shot possible.
Four players scored in double figures, including Dominic Riddle, who poured in 17 points. Matt Harshany scored 15 points and Seth Fletcher, who scored the first five points of the game for Navarre, finished with 13 points. Tyrese Harvey added 12 points.
“I was proud of the way we distributed the ball,” Bentley said. “They tried to throw a few things at us. We were willing to make the right play. We need to do more of that.”
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Interview with Navarre head coach Taf Bentley.