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Raiders crash the boards against Lynn Camp

The Raiders led by a 24-point, 20-rebound performance by Junior Devon Hamilton, powered past the Lynn Camp Wildcats for a 92-68 win Friday night.

It was a strong performance overall by McCreary as they dominated the boards all night, out rebounding Lynn Camp 43-19, and hit three buzzer-beating three point shots at the end of the first three quarters.

Lynn Camp (10-6) stayed in contention thanks mainly to free throws. Though both teams were basically even on personal fouls (26-27), the Wildcats shot 35 free throws in the second half to McCreary’s 23. Fortunately Lynn Camp did not capitalize on their advantage – hitting only 21 of the charity shots in the half.

The Raiders took the lead for good with about 6 minutes left in the first quarter on back-to-back baskets by Hunter Jones, but they couldn’t pull away until Jones sank a long three at the buzzer, giving McCreary a 28-18 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lynn Camp stepped up the pressure in the second quarter and played even with the Raiders for most of the quarter.

Codey Phillips ended the half with a bang for McCreary, drilling a three-pointer at the buzzer, their second of the game, putting the Raiders up by 14 at the break, 44-30.

The Raiders had a rough start to the second half, committing seven turnovers in the opening minutes, allowing Lynn Camp to close the gap.

The Wildcats had cut the lead down to five points by the closing seconds of the third quarter, thanks to several fouls sending them to the line, but Hamilton drained a half-court shot just before the horn sounded.

The shot electrified the Raiders, and took all the wind out of Lynn Camp as McCreary held a 67-59 lead going into the final frame.

The Wildcats lost two starters to fouls in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter – ending any threat they had left.

The Raiders were able to cruise over the last 8 minutes, eventually building up the 24-point lead and clinching the win.

Scoring:

D. Hamilton -24, H. Jones -19, Brandon Troxell -12, John Cash -11, Devin Strunk -8, C. Phillips -7, Cole Kidd -4, Nick Longmire -4, Caleb Dixon -3.

The win was the Raiders’ second in a row, after a 73-52 win over Middlesboro the night before.

McCreary led all the way against the Yellowjackets, despite a less than average shooting night. McCreary shot 47 percent (27-59) from the floor, but Middlesboro performed worse, hitting only 34 percent (18-52) of their shots.

Scoring:

D. Hamilton -23, D. Strunk – 17, H. Jones -6, J. Cash -5, C. Kidd -4, C. Dixon -4, C. Phillips -4, Hunter Bryant -4, B. Troxell -3, trey Phillips -2, N. Lonmire -1.

With the wins the Raiders improved their record to 6-10.

McCreary travels to Southwestern Thursday night, then will play at Oneida Baptist Institute Saturday and at Lincoln County next Tuesday.

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