By Michael Buhler
The Argonia Raiders boys basketball team’s return to the court did not go as good as the team would have wished.
Playing for the first time in a month, the Raiders got off to a solid start, but faltered in the middle two quarters and lost 66-39 to Flinthills last Friday.
Despite the loss, Argonia coach Robert Almanza was happy to be back on the court after his team was sidelined for a month because of illness and low numbers.
“It was nice to actually play a game and I thought we played fairly well all things considered,” Almanza said. “We had one still sick and only had five players but we competed, especially in the first half. We did shoot the ball a bit better than what we had been doing so that is a positive.”
The Raiders trailed 13-11 after the opening period, but were outscored 17-7 in the second period as Flinthills built up a 30-18 halftime lead. The Mustangs outscored Argonia 12-2 in the third to take a 42-20 lead to the final period.
Dalton Morrison led the Raiders with 17 points, while Damien Smith added 12.
Argonia hosted Caldwell earlier this week and headed to Cedar Vale/Dexter Wednesday, after TSNews went to press. The Raiders are at West Elk Friday before hosting Sedan Monday. Argonia concludes the regular season Tuesday at Classical.
Argonia: Dalton Morrison 17, Damien Smith 12, Roblin 6, Noah Phillips 4.