ROCHESTER — A combination of cold shooting and turnovers resulted in the Red Raiders losing in the Section V Class C2 championship game to Clyde-Savannah by a score of 74-47 on Saturday.
Clyde-Savannah went on a 6-0 run midway through the first quarter to take the lead 10-6, and that was as close as the score would be all game. Senior guard Kurtis Haut and junior forward Will VanAuken combined to shoot just 3-13 in the first half for the Raiders as Clyde-Savannah opened up a 15 point halftime lead.
“It seemed like in the first half we just didn’t compete, we weren’t ready for the moment,” Cal-Mum head coach Dan Dickens said. “But that’s not indicative of the team we’ve got. I thought we made a lot of mental mistakes, and that’s going to derail you as much as the physical mistakes out there.”
The second half was much of the same, with Eagles senior forward Joemaine Bogan (22 pts) leading his team to easy offensive buckets near the rim and combining that with timely three-pointers by senior guard Joe Faniel (23 pts).
“It’s tough to pick your poison with a team like that,” Dickens said. “They just have so many good players.”
Haut finished the game with 13 points and seven rebounds, and VanAuken ended with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
“We had a great season. It was a great year, especially after losing as much as we lost last year,” Dickens said.
Cal-Mum finishes the season at 19-2.
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