The Rappahannock Raiders basketball team won their first two tournament games against the King and Queen Central Tigers and the Franklin Broncos before falling to the Surry Cougars in the Class 1 Region A tournament. The Raiders played the Tigers at home on Tuesday, February 19. This was a back and forth game with the visitors scoring first then the home team taking a five-point lead (8-3) then seven (12-5) with 2:01 left in the first period. There were three ties and four lead changes in the next three-minutes with the Tigers leading (18-20) at the 2:54 mark of the second. The deficit increased to five (18-23) before a run by the Raiders tied the game at (23-23). They were down (26-29) at the half. Five lead changes and three ties had the score tied (46-46) with eight minutes to play. The home team took control of the game with a quick spurt that led to a seven-point advantage (53-46) with 5:10 to go. Good defensive play and running their offense pushed the lead to double-digits (63-51) and they won (63-54). Delonta’ Butler had 26pts, 7reb, 4stl, 1blk, Savion Epps 18pts, 3reb, 10ast, 5stl, Kevin Byrd 11pts, 10reb, 3ast, Lawrence Reed 4pts, 4reb, 3stl, 1blk, Tyler West 2pts, 2reb, 4ast, and KeVaun Brown 2pts. The Raiders faced the Franklin Broncos in the Region A semi-finals. A quick start had the Raiders up (7-2) with 3:41 left in the first period. The Broncos tied the game (12-12) at the 1:25 mark and were ahead (14-15) at the end of the first. The home team came back to go up by two (23-21) with 4:43 to go in the second and maintained a five-point lead (33-28) at half time. On ball pressure did not allow the Broncos to run their offense and the Raiders executed on their end which resulted in the visitors only scoring one bucket (2 points) in the third period a (47-30) lead. Head Coach Jonas Ankrom said, “We really locked down on defense and didn’t allow any second chance shots.” They did allow more points in the fourth, yet they held onto the double-digit lead (49-36), (52-39), and won (59-44). Head Coach Jonas Ankrom stated, “We out shot them by twenty attempts and when you limit them on offense it gives you a good chance to win. We tried to push their best player, Dielyn Ford, off the block and make the other players beat us. We practice how to win and close out games every day.” Kevin Byrd had 15pts, 11reb, 3ast, Delonta’ Butler 15pts, 10reb, 2blk, 2stl, Savion Epps 11pts, 2reb, 6ast, 2blk, Tyler West 10pts, 3reb, 3ast, Lawrence Reed 7pts, 5reb, and Elijah Carey 1pt, 2ast. The Raiders traveled to Sussex Central to face the Surry Cougars in the Region A championship on Saturday, February 23.
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Rappahannock Raiders 2019 Class 1 Region A runner-up.