After the Raiders began their season with one win and three losses — the latest loss was a 55-36 blowout — the Raiders had a moment of self-realization. During a long meeting in the locker room following that blowout loss, the Raiders discussed and fixed the problems that they were dealing with on and off the court. Following the team meeting, the Raiders beat Division 1 rival Spaulding by a score of 63-57. What they didn’t know was that they would go on to win 11 games in a row, enroute to a final record of 16-4.
The Raiders season started with a trip to Hulbert Outdoor Center. It was here that the Raiders team bonded with each other, doing many different team activities. The players stayed overnight and saw the true side of their teammates. The Outdoor Center was the starting point of something special for the U-32 Raiders Basketball Team.
Over the course of the season, the Raiders were involved in tough games that defined their character. They got a huge win against Spaulding and won by 3 against a tough Harwood team that drastically outsized the Raiders. Even though the Raiders lost twice against Lyndon, the second time, they only lost by 3, and in the end it came down to a few questionable calls.
Unlike last year, the Raiders don’t have “one guy” that they rely on. The three seniors, led by Kyle Booth, are carrying the load along with junior guard Hayden Roberge and sophomore Jordan Hawkins. The Raiders also have quality coming off the bench with junior Trevor Day and junior Ford Porter, who was called “the best rebounder, pound for pound, in the state.”
The Raiders celebrate after one of their first wins of the season.
The seniors are the lifeblood of the team. They know that it’s their last chance and want to empty out the tank down the stretch. Booth is averaging 17 points per game, Gus Obeldobel 9 points per game and Quintin Pelzel leads the team with 40 total three-pointers. “I expect them (the seniors) to lead the team mentally,” said Captain Kyle Booth. “They’ve been there and done it before, so they know the atmosphere.”
The Raiders will begin their postseason against Woodstock at home today, Tuesday the 28th. If they win that game, they will face the winner of MSJ/Montpelier. Then it will be on to the Aud.
Here’s a full bracket and schedule for the playoffs.