The Cardinal Ritter Boys Basketball Team traveled over to Crispus Attucks for another possible Sectional preview on Friday night. The game lived up to the hype as it took all 1,920 seconds to determine the winner.
The Raiders trailed by 2 in the final seconds of the 4th quarter when Junior, Joey “Gamer” Gruber stepped up to take a big charge to give the Raiders the ball back. With 16 seconds left Senior, “I can see for” Miles Tracy broke through the Tigers press to score a lay up to tie the game. Crispus Attucks in-bounded the ball and through up a desperation 3 that air-balled. Tigers Junior Jaiquan Edwards gathered the rebound and went to shoot as the buzzer sounded. The referee counted the bucket and gave the Tigers the 68-66 win.
The first half saw the Tigers come out firing on all cylinders. Their typical full court, 32 minutes of hell defense stifled the Raiders early on in front of a packed house. The Crispus Attucks defense led to transition buckets that eventually turned into a half–court barrage of threes. The Tigers were up by 18 and it looked as if the Raiders had no answer for them. That is until Coach Moore called a crucial time-out to go over their pregame strategy and spark the team. The Raiders began to hit a couple of shots which began with a “Nasty” Nate Soltis dunk followed by him hitting 2 threes which was the beginning of a 10-2 run.
The Raiders took some of the momentum back right before the half even though they were down 14 going into the third quarter. Coming out of the intermission, the Raiders were hot. The halftime adjustments proved to be huge as they cut the lead backed by some solid shooting by Daion “All Day” Daniels from beyond the arc. Marlon “Hot Shot” Anderson also gave the Raiders a much needed shot in the arm as he drove the lane hard for a contested lay-up followed by a bucket from outside. The Raiders eventually pulled ahead and the battled had officially begun.
Soltis led the Raiders in scoring with 25 points (13 in the momentum swinging second period) while adding 9 boards, a steal and a block. Tharran Cook, who kept the Raiders together in the first quarter, finished with 12 points (4-6). Daniels major contribution came in the third as he finished with 8 followed by Tracy with 8 (adding 10 rebounds and 3 blocks), Anderson with 6 (2 rebounds, 2 steals), Gruber with 5 (4 rebounds, 2 steals) and Dan Bayler with 2. The Raiders also finished the game with 35 boards (13 offensive), 4 blocks and 9 steals.
The JV Team and Freshman Teams also played the Tigers but came up short. The JV team went down to the wire losing their first game of the season 46-43. Le”ron Fleming had a clean look to tie the game and force overtime, but it rimmed out.
The freshman look to bounce back Tuesday as they take on Tindley. All three teams are back in action for the first game of Indiana Crossroads Conference play as the travel to Lutheran on Saturday. Freshman start at 4:30 with JV and Varsity following 20 minutes after each conclusion.