By Bruce Karnick [email protected] The Raider Boys had two games last week and were hoping to get to the positive side of .500 after the season-opening loss to South St. Paul. First up came the …
By Bruce Karnick
The Raider Boys had two games last week and were hoping to get to the positive side of .500 after the season-opening loss to South St. Paul. First up came the Hill-Murray Pioneers. Hill-Murray came to town on Tuesday night, January 19th and gave the Raiders a good fight. The entire game saw multiple lead changes, multiple point runs and good-sized deficits for both teams. At the half, the Pioneers led the Raiders, 39-35.
The halftime break was so quick, KDWA’s Nick Tuckner didn’t even have enough time to get the halftime stats compiled before he had to get back to calling the second half. Hill-Murray quickly extended their halftime lead to start the second half, but that lead quickly diminished as the Raiders chipped away. From that point on, it was a back-andforth game. In the end, the Raiders won a nail-biter, 72-70.
Leading scorers for Hastings: Michael Mitchell – 26, Evan McGinnis – 18, Japhi Gudissa – 13, Jack Dunn, Carter Olson, and Axel Arnold each scored five.
On Thursday the 21st, the Raiders would travel to take on Mahtomedi where the results would be similar to South St. Paul. A slow start by the Raiders offense allowed the Zephyrs to take a commanding lead into halftime. At the half, the score was 46-26.
Just like the game at SSP, the second half went much better for the Raiders, but they were unable to overcome the 20-point halftime deficit. With Mahtomedi’s Will Underwood as the catalyst for the Zephyr’s success, Hastings could not stop his scoring, he finished the game with 29 points. The raiders would cut into the lead a little, but the final score had Mahtomedi on top by 22, 85-63.
Leading the way for the Raiders: Carter Olson – 15, Japhi Gudissa – 11, Michael Mitchell – 10. Six Raiders scored single digits in the loss.
The Raiders have two home games coming up. Tartan on the 26th, Simley on the 29th then they travel to St. Thomas Academy on the February 1st.
The Raider’s Connor Deme spots up for a six-foot jumper over the outstretched arms of Hill-Murray’s Rashad McKinley in the Raider’s nail-biter of a win at home on Tuesday, January 19th. Photo by Bruce Karnick