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Marauders Take on the Raiders

The Maclay Varsity Basketball Team Had their First Home Game of the Season Against Rickards

Photo Courtesy of Brooke Nohle/Maclay Andalusian

On Nov. 29, in the Webster Gym at Maclay School, the Maclay boys’ varsity basketball team had a game against the Rickards Raiders. This was the first regular game of their season. While the basketball team boasted  10 seniors last year, this year there is only one senior, Jalen Crawford, leading the charge. 

As the game began, junior Avery Coffin tipped off  the ball for the Marauders and junior Nash Beshears came in possession of the ball. The Raiders quickly reclaimed the ball  and scored the first four points of the game. The Raiders fouled Beshears and the Marauders recovered the ball. The game stayed close in score in the first eight minutes. At the end of the first quarter, the score was 8-14 Raiders .

“We are going to work on playing as a team and clean up the turnovers we had so we can do better as a group,” Beshears said. 

Throughout the game, many fouls were called on Rickards. Junior Ryder Marks was fouled and had a chance to score two points from the free throw line but missed  both. The Raiders defense kept the Marauders from putting up points on the scoreboard. Coffin was fouled and scored one out of two points from the free throw line. By the end of the second quarter, the score was 18-24 and the Marauders were still losing. 

“I think I played pretty good,” Coffin said. “Not as good as I wanted to though.”

After halftime, the boys got back on the court ready for the third quarter. The Raiders forced many turnovers giving them a chance to keep the lead.  With just a few minutes left, there was a timeout called. At the end of this quarter, the score was 22-33 and the Raiders were ahead.

In the fourth and final quarter, the Marauders were still  behind. The Marauders were 10 points down and the Raiders were able to score again to stay ahead. The game concluded with the Raiders scoring in the last few seconds as the final game score came out to 51-32 Raiders.

“We went out there and played our best, we are all still learning the plays and we are missing some of our players,” junior Andrew Lunt said. “Despite that, our team chemistry is getting stronger every time we step onto the court.”


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