Jan. 22, 2014 —
But the Lions weathered the storm, getting two baskets plus foul shots in the final two minutes and added four more free throws to earn the nine-point victory.
“Elliott County played a lot better than we did,” Baker said. “We were kind of fortunate enough to get in striking distance in the fourth quarter but you can’t miss that many free throws and expect to win the game.”
The Lions spoiled a stellar performance by freshman Cameron Sparks. He scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win.
But Baker was not praising his young guard for his efforts on the offensive end.
“I think he played better defensively then he did offensively,” Baker said. “He really defended well and he’s a capable defender. But he did have a nice game for us.”
Brammer and Donald Damron each scored 12 points.
“We’re a scrappy bunch,” Baker said. “We’ll play the game hard and do what we need to do but we just can’t play that scrambled offensively. I thought we played over anxious in the first half and it caused us to miss some plays that we should’ve made.”
The Raiders were back in action last Friday night on the road at Morgan County. The Cougars needed overtime to defeat East 51-48. However, they rebounded on Monday night, defeating Russell 59-39. East Carter will play Greenup County at home on Thursday.
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