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Raiders place second in Thanksgiving Tournament

Posted: Thursday, Nov 29th, 2012

Matt Gendusa in action. (Photo submitted)

ASHTON — After a disappointing loss in the opening round of the AFC Thanksgiving tournament the varsity boys’ basketball team reeled off three consecutive victories to take second place.

Their first victory came against the Kirkland Hawks by a score of 63-50, then the Raiders defeated the Lamoille Lions 71-51 and their third was over their rival Amboy Clippers 55-41.

“After our first game, and our poor performance against Polo, we really needed to come out strong the next two games to get our confidence back. That’s just what these boys did. They responded well and came out determined to win,” said Coach Russ Zick. “That set the stage for a great game against Amboy. Once again we came out and met the challenge and defeated a good team.”

Against Kirkland, the Raiders never trailed in the game and were led in scoring by Bret Gittleson with 17 points, Ermir Ramadani with nine points and Matt Gendusa with eight points. Nick McClanahan also led the Raiders with nine steals and Ramadani added seven assists.

In the Lamoille game, AFC jumped out to a 38-26 halftime lead and never looked back.

McClanahan led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points, Troy Mairs added 15 and Ramadani pitched in 12 points. Mairs also led the Raiders in rebounds with 11 and four blocked shots and Paul Rod was able to grab six steals.

In the third game against Amboy the Raiders found themselves tied at half time but outscored the Clippers 25-11 in the third quarter to break out to a 43-29 lead and then a 55-41 victory.

Gittleson led the Raiders with 18 points and Mairs added 12 points. McClanahan collected seven steals and Mairs also grabbed seven rebounds in the effort.

“We now have players figuring out their roles on this team, and we are starting to gel together as a team. After a few more pieces of the puzzle fall into place, we will be an exciting team to watch” Coach Zick.

The Raiders play this week against Paw Paw on Wednesday and Dakota on Friday.

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