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Hunter Binion pulls down a rebound in East Carter’s season opener. (Photo by Krystal Williams)

East Carter dropped a district match up to Elliott County last Thursday night, 70-36.

“I thought we defended okay, but against good teams at some point you have to match baskets. We had trouble putting the ball in the basket,” said East Carter Coach Brandon Baker. “I don’t think it is something that lingers. I think it was first game, district seed game. We were a little too amped up to go and I think that contributed to some of the missed shots, missed free throws.”

The Raiders were not able to match offensive power produced by Elliott County’s Korbin Spencer. Spencer netted 26 points in Thursday’s game.

Spencer returns to Elliott County after spending a year at Hargrove Military Academy.

Tanner Dickerson added another 16 points to the Lions’ total and eight grader Colin Porter tallied another eight points against the Raiders. With so many offensive weapons, Elliott County is going to be a tough team to guard this season.

The Raiders only had one player break into double digits in the season opener, Hunter Binion. He led the Raiders with 10 points.

“I loved the way Hunter Binion played. He competed on both ends. He competed on the backboard. Offensively, he fought to get us buckets,” said Baker. “He was one of those offensively that you just wanted the ball to go in for him because you saw how hard he was working. He’ll win those percentages throughout the season and have the ball start going in.”

Jordan Brooks had nine points and Micah Adams added five.

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