Raiders still seek first win


By Michael Buhler

The Argonia Raiders boys basketball team still is searching for its first win after suffering a 69-40 loss to the Burrton Chargers last Tuesday in the first contest of the new year for both teams.
The Chargers jumped out to a 32-14 lead on Argonia after the opening period and extended their advantage to 44-21 by halftime. Burrton led the Raiders 62-31 by the start of the fourth quarter.
“It’s tough to start out with a loss, but I’ve always been a big believer in measuring games with how you play,” Argonia coach Robert Almanza said. “Sometimes you can win a game and still play awful. I actually thought we played a really good first half. Burrton shot over 70 percent from the 3-point line in that first half, often with a hand in their face. Sometimes you can play hard defense and just run into a hot shooting team. I didn’t think we played as good in the second half.”
One bright spot for the Raiders last Tuesday was Dalton Morrison, who scored a team-high 26 points.
“Dalton played better offensively than he has in quite a few games,” Almanza said. “I also thought Elvis Gregg and Wesley Weishaar had one of their better games, especially on the defensive end. Damien also did a good job of attacking the rim. We just need to shoot better, especially from the free throw line.”
The Raiders took on Central Burden earlier this week and head to Cedar Vale/Dexter Friday before beginning play at the South Central Border League Tournament Saturday.
Argonia: Morrison 26, Damien Smith 9, Noah Phillips 4, Brady Roblin 1.