Raiders vs. State Fair

Sunday, February 3, 2019
DAILY AMERICAN REPUBLIC/Nate Fields

It’s hard to beat a team twice. It’s even harder when shots stop falling and the opponents are getting the key rebounds. That’s what the Raiders found out Saturday in their first game inside the Libla Family Sports Complex. The Raiders held a six-point lead against State Fair after Miganeh Jama knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers just over halfway through the second half. Those 3s were the Raiders’ only makes from behind the arc in the second half as they went cold from the floor after the sequence. The Roadrunners then ran rampant, hitting 3 after 3 and shot after shot as they went on an 18-1 run that spanned approximately five minutes. Three Rivers never recovered and dropped its first game inside the Libla Family Sports Complex 79-71. The loss is the Raiders’ fourth straight in-region loss after a 2-0 start. “They hit some key shots to stay in the game, and then we had a stretch there where we didn’t take care of the ball, and they scored two or three 3s off of it,” Three Rivers coach Gene Bess said. “That was a turning point in the game. … Wasn’t a whole lot we could do about it.”