Raiders get in their bag

Feature Photo By: Tahir Springs – Senior Ryan Ongala drives to the hoop to make a layup in a game against Smoky Hill. The Raiders lost the game 69-57.

By: Tahir Springs, Review Staff

Since the boys basketball season started in November, there’s been some ups and downs for the Raiders. After starting off strong by winning their first four games against Mesa Ridge, British Columbia Christian Academy, Highlands Ranch, and Dakota Ridge, they’ve won eight of their last fourteen games, bringing them to stand 12-6 overall for the season.

Senior captain Ryan Ongala says, “We still have championship expectations even though we’ve had a little bit of bumps in the season.”

Sophomore Christian Speller begins to shoot a free throw in a game against Smoky Hill. Speller is currently averaging 7.3 points per game this season. (Tahir Springs)

So far, Ongala and junior captain Jodaun Dotson have led the team in points scored per game with ten each. Sophomore guard Christian Speller leads the team in assists with three per game, while senior captain Devin Collins leads the team in rebounds with eight each game.

In terms of finishing the season, Dotson shows no lack of confidence, saying, “It’s going to go pretty good; we’ll be able to finish strong and have a nice run in the playoffs.”

With a mix of different experience on the team, they’re still trying to figure things out before it’s playoff time.  The Raiders basketball team has won their conference the last four years and look to continue that streak.

Many of their fans feel the same way when it comes to ending their season.

Junior Francis Ntumy says, “I’m pretty sure they’ll end the season with an above. 500 winning percentage and make a long push through the playoffs.

But as for now, the team is focused on finishing the season with no more losses on their record. Their next game will be an away game played against Aurora Central on Friday.

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