If you like a good old fashioned barn burner of a game, you should have seen the Raider comeback against the Madison County Tigers, who led 28-15 at half. The Raiders, led by Will Griffin, chipped away at the Tiger lead to pull within 10 at the end of the 3rd quarter. In the fourth quarter the team played one of their most complete team games of the season.
The second half comeback started with defense. There were steals followed by baskets and solid team defense, as the undersized Raiders attacked the boards and were in relentless pursuit of the ball. The incredible hustle from the entire Raider squad, both on offense and defense throughout the second half, helped the offense to get untracked. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Raiders tied the score at 40 all and never looked back. Will Griffin hit three key three-pointers and Timmy Curran knocked down two key free throws to extend the lead to 49-46 as the clock ticked down. With only a few seconds remaining, Madison County missed a shot and then committed a hard foul that sent Graham Copeland to the line to shoot free throws. His three made free throws sealed the victory at 52-46.
Just to say it was a great comeback does not does not begin to describe the thrill of this win! To see these guys come back to win after working so hard and coming so close to victory so many times this season was incredibly exciting. Congrats to the players and coaches on a well-deserved and outstanding team win!