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Men’s basketball holds off U of W-Superior’s second half surge in home opener

By: Osirus Washington

The Raiders got off to a fast start on Wednesday night, scoring the first 16 points of the game Wednesday against U of W – Superior.

The deficit did not faze the Yellowjackets who went on 12-2 run over the next 5 minutes or so. It was a game of runs by both teams. After Superior came back from the early deficit, neither team could take off. At the end of the first half, the Raiders were just down 6.  

 The second half was an intense one. It was raining 3s for Superior, while Central Lakes struggled from the field. The Raiders shot just 31 percent from the field and turned the ball over seven times, which allowed the Yellowjackets to gain momentum. Back and forth the game went until finally with just under 3 minutes to play, Superior took their first lead of the game 59-58. The Raiders held them to just 2 points for the remainder of the game to close it out 66-61.

CLC’s Tray’von Lackey had an excellent closing performance. Lackey is one of the four Sophomores for the Raiders. They desperately need his leadership and he stepped up for them when the time came. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including a clutch fastbreak lay-up that put the game away for good.

“I was just taking what the defense gave me,” said Lackey. “I looked at myself and asked what can I do to help us get the win when the game got close.”

CLC has two more home games this week, where they look to faceoff against Riverland and Anoka Ramsey on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Make sure you get out and support your Raiders basketball team!

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