Men's Basketball 2009-2010


Roster
30Allen, Jerrod

Ht. 6'7'' Wt. 215 Class: Freshmen Position: Forward
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
High School: Chesterfield Community

Jerrod is a solid all around player. He shoots the ball well can pass in traffic and is a capable rebounder. He is a true team player looking to set up his teammates first before looking to score himself.



3Bell, Chase

Ht: 6'5 1/2'' Wt. 195 Class: Sophomore Position: Wing
Hometown: Hazlehurst, Georgia
High School: Appling County

Chase is a long and active wing. His length and quickness make him a valuable defender and shot blocker. Can score the ball we in spurts especially in the open floor. Coming back from a very serious broken foot injury, Chase is a valuable part of the program.



20 Brown, John

Ht. 6'4'' Wt. 195 Class: Sophomore Position: Wing/Forward
Hometown: Savannah, Georgia
High School: Sol C. Johnson (The Citadel)

John is a do everything type player. A transfer from The Citadel John is a great rebounder, defender, and finisher around the basket. John is an improved outside shooter which adds to his complexity as a basketball player. With a motor that never stops John plays at a different speed than everyone on the floor.



32 Carr, Sidney Xavier

Ht. 6'4'' Wt. 205 Class: Sophomore Position: Forward
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
High School: Carvers Bay

Xavier is a warrior on the floor. After missing his first year of eligibility due to a back injury and his second year due to an ACL tear Xavier has worked tirelessly to get back into playing form. Xavier is a hardnosed defender who backs down from no one. A proven outside shooter X can take advantage of bigger defenders on the offensive end.



5 Flowers, Renard

Ht. 6'1' Wt. 205 Class Sophomore Position: Guard
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia
High School: Stephenson

Renard is a strong guard who can take the ball to the hole and finish with ease. A former U.S. Marine, Renard has honed his skills the past two years and has become an important piece to the RSCC basketball program. One of the strongest players on the team, Renard is a relentless defender and an even harder worker.



12 Givens, Justin

Ht. 6' Wt. 200 Class: Sophomore Position: Guard
Hometown: Kingston, Tennessee
High School: Roane County High

Justin is the prototypical point guard. Justin is a pass first shoot second type of guard. He has a great sense of when to get the ball to his teammates and when to look for his own shot. He has good strength and can score inside against bigger defenders. Justin has a great attitude and is very coachable.



51 Magdos, Antoni

Ht. 6'1'' Wt. 198 Class: Sophomore Position: Wing
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
High School: Apostolic Christian

Antoni is a hard working, hardnosed basketball player. Antoni has made himself into a competitive college basketball player. After playing post his first year at RSCC, Antoni has improved his offensive game every year. He is a feisty defender and can guard anyone on the floor. A great work ethic makes Antoni a great asset for the RSCC basketball program.



24 McBorrough, Steve

Ht. 6'8'' Wt. 240 Class: Sophomore Position: Post
Hometown: Jefferson, Georgia
High School: Jefferson High

Steve is a physical specimen. Steve has worked very hard over the pre-season on improving his overall game. He has a great upside and already is a force on the defensive end. His height and jumping ability allow him to be a great shot blocker and his added offensive skills make him an all around asset to the program.



10 Memnon, Robson

Ht. 6'6'' Wt. 225 Class: Sophomore Position: Forward
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
High School: C.I. Gibson

Robson is a dual threat on the floor. Robson is the team's best post scorer and also has the ability to step out and knock down the outside shot. A hard worker Robson has improved his game every year and with the addition of his outside attack Robson takes advantage of big slower defenders on the offensive side.



22 Pettway, Jacob

Ht. 6'5'' Wt. 195 Class: Freshman Position: Forward
Hometown: Austell, Georgia
High School: South Cobb

Jacob is a defensive machine. Jacobs's length and athletic ability make him a defensive nightmare for opposing teams. He is quick enough to guard the perimeter and is strong enough and long enough to guard the post. He has incredible timing which makes him a great shot blocker and rebounder. An improved shooter, his offensive talents are coming full circle.



15 Rakestraw, Jarail

Ht. 6' Wt. 193 Class: Sophomore Position: Guard
Hometown; Jefferson, Georgia
High School: Jefferson High

Jarail is an offensive threat. Jarail is a knock down shooter and can drive and finish at the hoop. A strong guard, he can take the ball to the rim and finish in traffic. A skilled passer he can also get his teammates open shots at will. A good rebounder from the guard position, he has the ability to rebound and start the break quickly.



1Smith, Yavario

Ht. 6' Wt. 165 Class: Freshman Position: Guard
Hometown: Due West, South Carolina
High School: Dixie

Yavario is a true scorer. Yavario has become one of the better scorers in the program his first full year at RSCC. He is a gifted shooter and a smooth finisher at the basket. His athletic ability and quickness make him a tough defender and his anticipation on the defensive end causes havoc on the opposing team's offense.



 

Schedule + Recaps + Boxscores
DateOpponentLocationTimeScore
10/15Kenn Littlefield JUCO JamboreeHarriman
TBA
10/21UnionUnion, KY5:00pm EST
10/24Bryan CollegeHarriman11:00am EST
10/28U. of the CumberlandsCumberland, KY
TBA
11/02Pikeville JVPikeville, KY6:00pm EST82-68
Total Team Effort Lifts Raiders in Opening Season Win
Pikeville, Ky.
The Roane State Men's Basketball team opened its 2009-2010 season in impressive fashion as they disposed of a gritty Pikeville JV squad 75-61 in Pikeville Kentucky Monday night. The Raiders were paced by Citadel transfer John Brown, who led the team with 17 points and 14 rebounds. While Brown led the team in scoring it was a true team effort as every active player scored at least one bucket, and did so proficiently, as the Raiders shot a gaudy 62% from the floor as a team. Included in their hot shooting performance was a strong outing from Robson Memnon who scored 10 points, on five of six from the floor, and grabbed six rebounds while Jarail Rakestraw and Jacob Pettway added eight apiece. Justin Givens and Rakestraw both led the team with five assists.
The game was back and forth early on as it was evident that this was both teams opening night, and the jitters were there. Missed shots and turnovers were the staple early on until the pressure defense of the Raiders allowed the team some early breathing room and nice lead going into the half. With the game close at 26-24 the Raiders used a trio of open court steals and finishes to help build an 11 point lead at halftime. Jerrod Allen was the first to pick pocket a Bears offensive player which led to two of his seven points, a few plays later John Brown pulled an Allen replay with the exception of Brown finishing with a high flying left handed jam, and one play later Steve McBorrough finished off the triple play with a clean sweep and monster dunk of his own. The Raiders finished with a team total of 14 steals. Five players had two steals to lead the team. They were, Allen, Brown, McBorrough, Givens, and Renard Flowers.
The game stayed pretty consistent in the second half, the Raiders were able to build their lead up to 18 points at one point only to see the scrappy Bears squad rally late to pull within 8 with less than two minutes to play. The rally was thwarted however by a Memnon put back dunk and a Brown three point play to seal the victory for the Raiders. The Raiders are now 1-0 on the early season and take their momentum to Boaz, Alabama this weekend as they ready themselves for the Snead State Classic. The Raiders open up the Classic Friday Nov 6th at 5pm against Lawson State (Al.) and finish off the event against host Snead State Saturday Nov 7th at 7pm. The cagers from Harriman open up at home Saturday Nov 14th versus heated rival Walters State, a game where all RSCC students who attend will receive a white Roane State Basketball t-shirt to help "white-out" the Senators. All fans of RSCC are encouraged to wear white to this game to help promote this event and this year's basketball team.
11/06Snead St. Classic (Snead St.)Harriman
TBA
68-78
Raiders Learn A lot in a Tough Weekend Classic.
Boaz, Al.
The Roane State Men's Basketball team headed into this past weekend's Snead State Classic in Boaz Alabama not really knowing what to expect. With only one regular season game under its belt, a 14 point victory versus a scrappy Pikeville JV team, the Raiders were curious to see how they would respond against some talented Alabama Junior Colleges in the likes of Lawson State (Birmingham, Al.), and the host Snead State (Boaz, AL.), what they got was a quick lesson in humility. The Traveling Raiders went down to both previously mentioned Alabama Jucos 73-69 and 75-65 respectively, in what turned out to be a great learning experience for the players and coaching staff alike. Coach Randy Nesbit was encouraged by the effort put out against teams that rival the top tier of the TCCAA. During the weekend swing the coaching staff realized some limitations of this year's group. The coaching staff also identified strengths that need to be emphasized as they regroup this week in preparation for league play, which begins Saturday Nov. 15th at home against bitter rival Walters State.
In the first of two games the Raiders went down to the Lawson State Cougars 73-69 in a game that just seemed to literally slip out of Roane States hands. The Roane State squad led the majority of the game including a 38-37 lead going into halftime and a second half lead that grew to eight on two different occasions. John Brown led the way offensively with 18 points, while teammates Jarail Rakestraw and Jacob Pettway each deposited 13 points towards the effort. Unfortunately the Raiders watched their lead slip away due to the play of Cougar point guard Worrel Clahar, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half. The Raiders did not help themselves out either down the stretch as they turned the ball over three out of their last four possessions and made two huge mental mistakes that compounded their end of the game woes. Along with the scoring of Brown, Pettway, and Rakestraw the Raiders had a good game off the bench form Robson Memnon who pulled down a team high and career high 12 rebounds and a solid eight points from Freshman reserve guard Yavario Smith.
11/07Snead St. Classic (Lawson St.)Harriman
TBA
67-71
Raiders Learn A lot in a Tough Weekend Classic.
Boaz, Al.
The Roane State Men's Basketball team headed into this past weekend's Snead State Classic in Boaz Alabama not really knowing what to expect. With only one regular season game under its belt, a 14 point victory versus a scrappy Pikeville JV team, the Raiders were curious to see how they would respond against some talented Alabama Junior Colleges in the likes of Lawson State (Birmingham, Al.), and the host Snead State (Boaz, AL.), what they got was a quick lesson in humility. The Traveling Raiders went down to both previously mentioned Alabama Jucos 73-69 and 75-65 respectively, in what turned out to be a great learning experience for the players and coaching staff alike. Coach Randy Nesbit was encouraged by the effort put out against teams that rival the top tier of the TCCAA. During the weekend swing the coaching staff realized some limitations of this year's group. The coaching staff also identified strengths that need to be emphasized as they regroup this week in preparation for league play, which begins Saturday Nov. 15th at home against bitter rival Walters State.
In the first of two games the Raiders went down to the Lawson State Cougars 73-69 in a game that just seemed to literally slip out of Roane States hands. The Roane State squad led the majority of the game including a 38-37 lead going into halftime and a second half lead that grew to eight on two different occasions. John Brown led the way offensively with 18 points, while teammates Jarail Rakestraw and Jacob Pettway each deposited 13 points towards the effort. Unfortunately the Raiders watched their lead slip away due to the play of Cougar point guard Worrel Clahar, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half. The Raiders did not help themselves out either down the stretch as they turned the ball over three out of their last four possessions and made two huge mental mistakes that compounded their end of the game woes. Along with the scoring of Brown, Pettway, and Rakestraw the Raiders had a good game off the bench form Robson Memnon who pulled down a team high and career high 12 rebounds and a solid eight points from Freshman reserve guard Yavario Smith.
11/14Walters StateHarriman7:00pm EST61-72
Raiders Drop Home Opener against Conference Rival Walters State
Harriman, Tn.
The Roane State Raiders opened its home 2009-2010 season with a tough conference loss against their arch rival Walters State 72-61 to bring their record to 1-3 on the year. The Raiders played in front of a nice crowd as they unleashed "White Out" the Senators night but were unable to send the fans home happy as the Raiders late rally came up short. The Raiders were hurt by their inability to knock down free throws and open shots in the second half going 8-22 form the free throw line (11-27 for the game), and shooting a porous 6-27 (22%) from the three point line for the game. The Senators on the other hand shot 15-26 from the charity stripe in the second half, including eight for eight from guard Addison Flynn who led all scorers with 19 points on the night (17 of those in the second half). The boys from Harriman were led once again by John Brown who tallied 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Jacob Pettway added 12 points and three blocked shots and rounding out the double figure scorers was Robson Memnon with 11.
The home team came out of the gates strong to the delight of the ruckus crowd by running out to a quick 12-5 lead. Unfortunately that lead was short lived as the Walter State reserves came into the game on fire, led by the hot shooting of Darius Randolph, who hit four straight three pointers. The back-up Senators scored 30 points in seven minutes taking a 10 point lead to halftime 44-34. The Roane State squad came out of the locker room with a renewed intensity and started to attack the Senators strong zone defense and were able to draw fouls and get to the free throw line with great regularity, unfortunately the Raiders were unable to capitalize missing their first 10 straight free throws to start the half. The inept shooting allowed the Senators to add to their lead going up by as many as 15 points at two different occasions in the second half. The feisty home team did not go out without a fight as they rallied late in the game to the delight of the loyal fans who stuck around. A conventional three point play by John Brown backed up by an Antoni Magdos three point basket cut the Senators lead to seven with four minutes to play in the half, but that was as close as the Raiders would get as Flynn and the rest of the Senators knocked down clutch free throws down the stretch and hung on to win 72-61.
The Raiders now have to focus on a three game home stand this week as the welcome Lee University JV on Tuesday and have a tough conference double header this weekend as they face Dyersburg and Southwest form Memphis respectively.
11/17Lee University JVHarriman7:30pm EST66-41
Raiders Use Strong First Half to Douse the Flames
Harriman, Tn.
The Roane State Raiders ended their three game losing streak by using an impressive first half run to defeat the Flames of Lee University 66-41. The Raiders, after coming off a tough loss to rival Walters State Saturday, dominated the game from the tip off. The Raiders got off to a quick start as John Brown and Jarail Rakestraw hit back to back buckets to make it 4-0. The Flames then scored their lone field goal of the first half to cut the lead to 4-2, but after that it was all Raiders, all the time. Roane State proceeded to go on a 30-1 run to end the half. John Brown led the way with 10 of his game high 16 coming in the first frame and reserve Chase Bell added seven of his 12 in the opening stanza as well. The JV team from Lee was harassed defensively by a hungry Raiders team eager to prove they can defend anyone. The Raiders totaled 15 steals including eight of those in the first half. The Roane State squad finished the first half with a commanding 34-3 lead. Coach Rand Nesbit said "according to my knowledge three points in a half is a record for fewest points scored by an opponent in a half in Roane State basketball history."
The Raiders used balanced scoring throughout the night including a great effort from the Roane State reserves. Besides John Browns 16 points, Yavario Smith (12), Chase Bell (11), and Jerrod Allen (10) were the only four Raiders that scored in double figures and the latter did their damage coming off the Roane State bench. The Raiders still struggled shooting the ball from the outside, 3-25 from the three point line, which allowed Lee to play a more competitive second half. The Flames finally got a scoring rhythm going and led by James Maddens 11 points, all in the second half, and Lee Gephardt's eight points the Flames won the second half 38-32. However, the strength of the Raiders dominating first half was way too much for the men from Cleveland to overcome as the fell to 2-2 on the year.
Roane State now sets its sights on a huge home stand this weekend as Dyersburg State and perennial power Southwest Tennessee (Memphis) come calling on the Raiders this Friday and Saturday respectively. Game times are 7pm Friday night and 4pm Saturday afternoon. Please come out and support your home team as the Raiders look to bring their record over the 500 mark and make a huge statement against these competitive foes
11/20Dyersburg StateHarriman8:00pm EST108-91
11/21Southwest TNHarriman4:00pm EST70-74
12/02Lee University JVCleveland, TN7:00pm EST92-59
12/04Jackson StateJackson, TN9:00pm EST59-57
12/05Columbia StateColumbia, TN7:00pm EST57-76
12/11Motlow StateHarriman8:00pm EST79-71
Raiders "Defend" Their Home Court.

Harriman, Tn.

This past weekend the Roane State Raiders Men's Basketball team had a successful TCCAA sweep of conference rivals Motlow State and Volunteer State in the RSCC Sports Complex, and defense was the main course served. In the first game of the tough weekend the Raiders defeated the Bucks of Motlow State 79-71 and little did the Bucks know there was a Roane State "block" party at the gym that night. The Raiders had a season high 10 blocks on the night, led by John Brown with three, Jacob Pettway and Steve McBorrough with two a piece, and Yavario Smith, Chase Bell, and Xavier Carr each added one, the Raiders continually thwarted any Motlow drives on the basket all night long. It was the biggest win on the year for the Raiders as the Bucks came into Friday's game tied for the conference lead, but the Raiders took it to the guys from Lynchburg from the opening tip. The Raiders however found themselves behind 20-16 with ten minutes to go in the first half and without leading scorer John Brown, who was out with two fouls, the reserve Raiders came through in a big way. Led by Jacob Petttway and Steve McBorrough the Raiders bench players ignited a 22 to 11 run to end the half and put the home team up 38-31 at half. The Raiders never trailed again, as John Brown and the rest of the starting group came out of the locker room taking up where their teammates left off. Brown had 16 of his game high 18 in the second half and backcourt mates Yavario Smith and Jarial Rakestraw added 14 and 12 points respectively, Jacob Pettway led all bench scores with 11 big points off the bench. The Raiders defense also created 8 steals and held the high scoring bucks to 71 total points. The Raiders team defense is now ranked 47th nationally for points allowed on the season and continues to give their opponents fits on the offensive end.
12/12Volunteer StateHarriman4:00pm EST74-71
In the matinee on Saturday the Roane State squad was looking for its first conference weekend sweep on the year and they had a scrappy Volunteer State team that did anything but lay down for the Raiders. After a strong start by the home team the Vol State Pioneers answered with a huge run led by the hot shooting of reserve guard Stewart Mitchell, who hit four three pointers in the first half, and the lack luster defensive effort put out by the Raiders in the closing minutes allowed the Pioneers to take a 31-30 lead to the locker room at halftime. The Roane State Raiders came out of the locker room with a definite chip on their shoulder and led by the lights out shooting of Jarail Rakestraw, who led the Raiders with 22 points including a stretch where he scored eight straight points, and the renewed defensive intensity (12 steals and 6 blocks) the Raiders slowly closed out their first sweep of the season holding off the Pioneers 74-71. The Raider were led by Rakestraws 22 and John Brown added 11 points 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Yavario Smith and Jacob Pettway added eight points apiece as every Raider helped contribute to a huge conference win. The Raiders now prepare for one last home game before taking a break for the holidays as they will host a really tough Aiken Tech squad out of South Carolina this Saturday at 7pm at the RSCC Sports Complex. There will be a shootout at halftime for some local restaurant gift certificates so come out and support you home team and get a chance to win a free dinner too!
12/19Aiken Tech.Harriman7:00pm EST67-65
The Roane State Men's Basketball Team closed out the the first half of the season with a win over one of South Carolina's perenially strong two year programs, Aiken Tech. The 67-65 victory over the visitors gave the Raiders their fifth win in their last six outings, and an impressive one at that against a team that has made the national tournament twice this decade.

The Raiders jumped out to an early lead of 15-8 thanks to three treys by sophomore combo guard Jarail Rakestraw, and dunks by 6'6" Bahamian sophomore Robson Memnon and 6'5" freshman Jacob Pettway out of Austell GA. Rakestraw, playing gimply on an ankle sprain suffered just two days prior in practice, was unable to play much after his initial spark. The Jefferson GA native will have plenty of time to recover as the Raiders will break for the holidays until resuming practice on January 3.

Aiken fought back hard after their slow start and actually took the lead at the end of the first half, 33-32. RSCC regained the lead a few minutes into the second half and never relinquished it, going up by as many as six points with 4:22 left in the game. The Raiders were boosted up in the last two minutes by big offensive rebounds and putbacks garnered in by 6''7" Richmond VA freshman Jerrod Allen and 6'4" Savannah GA sophomore John Brown. Brown, as his custom, had a stat sheet stuffed bigger than a four year old's Christmas stocking with 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and a blocked shot.

Also included in double figure scoring were Rakestraw with 11, and Due West SC freshman combo guard Yavario Smith with 13 (three assists, three steals). Local Kingston standout Justin Givens orchestrated a holiday floor game symphony with five assists and nary a turnover. Additionally, Pettway pulled down six rebounds and blocked two shots.

Overall, the Raiders shot a strong 53% from the floor, and were able to get a number of high percentage baskets against the visitors' full-court press, registering 18 assists as a team as they pulled their overall record up to 8-5.

After the break, the Raiders resume play on January 9 with a 7PM home tipoff versus St. Catherine (KY).
01/11Maryville JVMaryville, TN7:00pm EST86-48
Raiders Shake off Rust to Dominate the Scots
Maryville, Tn

It wasn't pretty at first, but the Roane State Men's Basketball team was able to bounce back after a lackluster first half performance to crush the Maryville College JV squad 86-48 in Maryville last night. This marked the first game for the Raiders since a 64-62 home win against Aiken Tech (SC) on December 19th, and it showed early. The Raiders struggled early against the scrappy Scots squad as Maryville raced out to an early 7-4 lead thanks to some poor shooting from the Roane State bunch. The boys from Harriman got a boost from its bench which came in, led by Sophomore Antoni Magdos, Knoxville Tn., and started a 7-0 run which put the Raiders for good. The first half still was a struggle shooting the ball from the field but thanks to some great offensive rebounding, mostly by Sophomore John Brown (20 points 21 rebounds) the RSCC men were able to hold a 35-31 lead at the half.

The second half was a totally different story. The Raiders came out with defense on its in mind and defense turned into easy offense as Freshmen Yavario Smith hit two quick buckets in transition and those were followed up by a massive two handed dunk by Sophomore Jacob Pettway. The Raiders scored the first eight points of the half to build its lead to 12 in the blink of an eye. The Raiders kept the foot on the gas pedal and continually beat the Scots down the floor for easy break away buckets, Pettway, Brown, Sophomore Robson Memnon, and Sophomore Chase Bell all finished breaks with high flying dunks which totally broke Maryville's back. In addition to Brown's big night, the Raiders were led by Freshman Yavario Smith who added 15 points and 4 assists, Antoni Magdos who had a stellar game with 10 points and 8 assists, and by Chase Bell, who added 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks on the night.

The Raiders now gear up for a huge showdown Wednesday night in Chattanooga versus Chattanooga State who is on top of the TCCAA conference with a 6-1 record in the conference. The Raiders, winners of 5 of their last 6 and 4 in row, look to continue their hot streak against the nationally ranked Tigers. Game time is set for 8pm in Chattanooga. The Raiders next home game is another tough conference game, Saturday January 16th versus Cleveland State. This is a men's and women's double header with the women starting at 5pm and the men following up at 7pm at the RSCC Sports Complex.
01/13Chattanooga StateChattanooga, TN8:00pm EST76-78
The Raiders fell 76-78 to Chatanooga State in a close battle that came down to the last shot. After Freshman Yavario Smith tied the game at 76 with a huge three pointer with 55 seconds to play the Tigers came back down and scored to take a two point lead with 27 seconds to play. Jacob Pettway had a good look at a three but was unable to knock it down to complete the upset of the top ranked team in the TCCAA on their home floor. The Raiders were lead by John Brown who had 15 points and 8 rebounds, Yavario Smith and Jacob Pettway each added 10 points while Jarail Rakestraw hit three three pointers for 9 points and he addded 5 assists. The Raiders got good play from their bench as Sophomore Antoni Magdos played strong down the stretch depositing all 8 of his points in the second half. The Raider look to rebound as rival Cleveland State comes to the RSCC Sports Complex for a big confernce match up on Saturday.
01/16Cleveland StateHarriman7:00pm EST79-65
Raiders Tame Cougars in Huge Conference Match
Harriman, Tn.
The Raiders opened their 2010 home season off with a bang. The RSCC men handled conference rival Cleveland State from the opening tip to the closing buzzer, as they defeated the Cougars 79-65. The Raiders (10-6, 5-4) fell behind 2-0 after the first minute but once freshman guard Yavario Smith got the home team on the board with a driving lay-up, the boys from Harriman never trailed again. Smith, who finished with 11 points 5 assists and 2 steals, led the charge early as he connected on his first four shots. Antoni Magdos, who deposited a career high 20 points, followed suit as he scored on back to back drives to the hoop. Robson Memnon, who poured in 14 points and added 5 rebounds, put an exclamation point on the first Raiders spurt with a monster two hand jam off a nice feed from Smith, which in turn made the Cougars call a time out to stem the home team's momentum. Even without leading scorer and rebounder John Brown, who sat most of the first half due to foul trouble, the Raiders found a spark from everywhere. Memnon, Smith and Magdos carried most of the scoring load in the first half but the Raiders also got good play off the bench as freshmen post Jerrod Allen and sophomore post Steve McBorrough made back to back three point plays which helped the home team build up their lead to 32-19 at half.
The second half started a little slowly but Brown made up for lost time as he scored all 11 of his points in the second half as well as collecting 8 of his team high 10 rebounds in the second stanza as well. Magdos kept his hot hand going as he scored 14 of his team high 20 in the second 20 minutes and Sophomore Jacob Pettway added a spark with all 6 of his points coming down the stretch. The Raiders were able to douse a couple of hot runs by the Cougars by connecting on clutch shots and hitting free throws down the stretch. The Raiders were 13/19 from the free throw line which helped them sustain their lead.
The Raiders now prepare for a long road trip this upcoming weekend as they head west to Memphis to take on Dyersburg State and the always talented Southwest Tech Saluquis on Friday and Saturday respectively. The Raiders will be back at home for a Friday- Saturday double header the following weekend as they host Jackson State and Columbia State starting Friday January 29th.
01/22Dyersburg StateDyersburg, TN9:00pm EST81-71
Raiders Continue Their Strong Play With Historic Weekend
Dyersburg Tn. & Memphis Tn.
This weekend the Roane State Men's Basketball team set forth on their longest and most difficult road swing of the year, or to re phrase, this weekend the Roane State Men's Basketball team made history on their longest and most difficult road swing of the year by defeating both Dyersburg State and Southwest Technical Community College on their home floors, back to back, for the first time in the school's history. The Raiders, now 12-6 and 7-4 in conference, started their ground breaking weekend with a hard fought 81-71 victory over a hot shooting Dyersburg State squad who is always tough to beat at home. The Raiders had a sluggish first half as they saw their leading scorer and rebounder John Brown, who finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds, miss the majority of the first half due to foul trouble and the Eagles were able to take advantage behind the hot shooting of Logan Chappell and Zabian Sanders as they took a 4 point lead, 36-32, into halftime. Freshmen Yavario Smith lead the charge out of the locker room as he used his blazing speed to continuously beat the Eagles down the floor and score in transition en route to scoring all 15 of his points in the second half. Sophomores' Robson Memnon and Jarail Rakestraw followed suit as they deposited 15 and 12 points respectively with the majority of their damage coming in the second frame as well. The Raiders got another strong performance from sophomore combo guard Antoni Magdos who chipped in with 11 points 7 rebounds 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. The reserves also contributed to the total team effort, led by Freshman Jacob Pettway, who had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks; and Sophomore guard Justin Givens with 6 points and 6 assists. They gave the Raiders a much needed boost off the bench. The Raiders continued their hot shooting from the free throw line as they shot a season high 78% as a team going 21-27 from the charity stripe.
The road weary Raiders did not let the big comeback win get in the way of focusing on their biggest test, the Southwest Community College Saluqis on their home floor, a place where Roane State had never won before… until Saturday! The game was highly competitive from the start and the Raiders answered every call. Freshman Yavario Smith continued his strong play connecting on his first two shots of the game, but after picking up a quick second foul Smith had to watch his teammate's battle for the rest of the first half, and they battled well. A couple of early threes by Jarail Rakestraw and Antoni Magdos answered the early strong shooting performance of the home team; Southwest shot 5 for 9 from the three point line in the first half. Good bench play from Freshmen Jacob Pettway, who finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals, and Sophomore Justin Givens, who scored all 6 of his points in the first half, kept the Raiders in striking distance with only a 35-31 deficit going into the locker room. Following suit from Friday night's performance Yavario Smith saved his best for the second half. Smith, who led the team with 20 points, 16 of those in the second half, came out aggressive, once again using his quickness as a weapon taking Salqui defender after Salugi defender to the basket and finishing his drives with lay-ups and short jump shots, Smith capped the Raider rally with a miraculous three point play which occurred as he was hit hard finishing at the basket, then making the subsequent free throw which gave the Raiders a one point lead 63-62. The Raiders fought off a couple of Southwest rallies late as Sophomore John Brown, 12 points 14 rebounds, and Sophomore Robson Memnon, 8 points and 9 rebounds, owned the glass in the second half limiting the home team to one shot per possession the majority of the second half. The Raiders salted the game away as they knocked down 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch, with Brown, Rakestraw and Pettway going perfect in that stretch. The RSCC squad also picked up the defense in the second half, holding the Salquis to 0 for 10 from the 3 point line in the second half, as the Raiders took down the men from Memphis 78-69. The Raiders now have won 8 of their last 10 games and will ride that hot streak into a pivotal weekend double header as Jackson State and Columbia State come calling on Harriman. The game times for this weekend are Women at 6 pm men at 8pm on Friday January 29th and Women at 2pm and Men at 4pm on Saturday. Come out and support your home team and watch some high quality college basketball here in Roane County.
01/23Southwest TNMemphis, TN5:00pm EST78-69
Raiders Continue Their Strong Play With Historic Weekend
Dyersburg Tn. & Memphis Tn.
This weekend the Roane State Men's Basketball team set forth on their longest and most difficult road swing of the year, or to re phrase, this weekend the Roane State Men's Basketball team made history on their longest and most difficult road swing of the year by defeating both Dyersburg State and Southwest Technical Community College on their home floors, back to back, for the first time in the school's history. The Raiders, now 12-6 and 7-4 in conference, started their ground breaking weekend with a hard fought 81-71 victory over a hot shooting Dyersburg State squad who is always tough to beat at home. The Raiders had a sluggish first half as they saw their leading scorer and rebounder John Brown, who finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds, miss the majority of the first half due to foul trouble and the Eagles were able to take advantage behind the hot shooting of Logan Chappell and Zabian Sanders as they took a 4 point lead, 36-32, into halftime. Freshmen Yavario Smith lead the charge out of the locker room as he used his blazing speed to continuously beat the Eagles down the floor and score in transition en route to scoring all 15 of his points in the second half. Sophomores' Robson Memnon and Jarail Rakestraw followed suit as they deposited 15 and 12 points respectively with the majority of their damage coming in the second frame as well. The Raiders got another strong performance from sophomore combo guard Antoni Magdos who chipped in with 11 points 7 rebounds 2 assists and 2 blocked shots. The reserves also contributed to the total team effort, led by Freshman Jacob Pettway, who had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks; and Sophomore guard Justin Givens with 6 points and 6 assists. They gave the Raiders a much needed boost off the bench. The Raiders continued their hot shooting from the free throw line as they shot a season high 78% as a team going 21-27 from the charity stripe.
The road weary Raiders did not let the big comeback win get in the way of focusing on their biggest test, the Southwest Community College Saluqis on their home floor, a place where Roane State had never won before… until Saturday! The game was highly competitive from the start and the Raiders answered every call. Freshman Yavario Smith continued his strong play connecting on his first two shots of the game, but after picking up a quick second foul Smith had to watch his teammate's battle for the rest of the first half, and they battled well. A couple of early threes by Jarail Rakestraw and Antoni Magdos answered the early strong shooting performance of the home team; Southwest shot 5 for 9 from the three point line in the first half. Good bench play from Freshmen Jacob Pettway, who finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals, and Sophomore Justin Givens, who scored all 6 of his points in the first half, kept the Raiders in striking distance with only a 35-31 deficit going into the locker room. Following suit from Friday night's performance Yavario Smith saved his best for the second half. Smith, who led the team with 20 points, 16 of those in the second half, came out aggressive, once again using his quickness as a weapon taking Salqui defender after Salugi defender to the basket and finishing his drives with lay-ups and short jump shots, Smith capped the Raider rally with a miraculous three point play which occurred as he was hit hard finishing at the basket, then making the subsequent free throw which gave the Raiders a one point lead 63-62. The Raiders fought off a couple of Southwest rallies late as Sophomore John Brown, 12 points 14 rebounds, and Sophomore Robson Memnon, 8 points and 9 rebounds, owned the glass in the second half limiting the home team to one shot per possession the majority of the second half. The Raiders salted the game away as they knocked down 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch, with Brown, Rakestraw and Pettway going perfect in that stretch. The RSCC squad also picked up the defense in the second half, holding the Salquis to 0 for 10 from the 3 point line in the second half, as the Raiders took down the men from Memphis 78-69. The Raiders now have won 8 of their last 10 games and will ride that hot streak into a pivotal weekend double header as Jackson State and Columbia State come calling on Harriman. The game times for this weekend are Women at 6 pm men at 8pm on Friday January 29th and Women at 2pm and Men at 4pm on Saturday. Come out and support your home team and watch some high quality college basketball here in Roane County.
01/25St. Catharine JVHarriman7:00pm EST97-63
Story to come
02/05Motlow StateTullahoma, TN9:00pm EST90-100
The Roane State men's basketball team learned two valuable lessons this weekend as they earned a tough conference road split, losing to Motlow State 100-90 on Friday and then bouncing back to beat Volunteer State 83-82. Lesson one; never feel safe with a big lead on the road, and lesson two; play until the final horn sounds. The Raiders started their road trip in Tullahoma as they raced out to an early lead against the feisty Bucks from Motlow State. The Raiders scored early and often as Sophomore post John Brown, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Freshman Yavario Smith, who had a stellar night with 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Sophomre Jarail Rakestraw, who finished with 18 points (6 three pointers), all caught fire early. Back to back to back three point baskets by Rakestraw, Smith and Brown put the Raiders up 10 points in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Bucks fought back behind the red hot shooting of guard Freddy Goldstein (37 points including 9 threes), but the Raiders would not back down as Sophomore post Robson Memnon, 10 points 9 rebounds, silenced the small but ruckus crowd by taking a defensive rebound coast to coast for a thunderous two hand jam over a Motlow State defender. The boys from Harriman continued the momentum and took a 13 point lead into halftime.
The Raiders came out of halftime still with something to prove, as Smith continued to beat defenders down the floor for easy scores in transition and Rakestraw had a stretch where he hit 4 straight three point baskets which brought the lead to twenty, 68-48, with 13:00 minutes to play in the game. Then the tide turned. Freddie Goldstein continued his torrid shooting from the outside connecting on three point field goal after three point field goal, the Buck guards started playing with more energy and they attacked the basket relentlessly which in turn took them to the free throw line….a lot. The home standing Bucks shot 30 free throws, connecting on 24 of them, in the second half alone, and after the 3 minute mark the Buck had taken their first lead of the game. The Raiders made one last ditch effort to regain the momentum, but fittingly enough, their backs were broken by Goldstein's ninth three point field goal from the corner and the Raiders would fall 100-90.
The Roane Sate squad came back Saturday and showed great character when they matched up against a red hot Volunteer State squad, who had won 4 straight conference games, and proved that they are a team that will never crumble on the road. The Raiders were once again led by Sophomore captain John Brown who had another huge night as he scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, and created 4 steals against a very improved Volunteer State squad who had just knocked off TCCAA stalwart Walters State. Freshmen combo guard Yavario Smith scored 20 or more points for the fourth straight game as he deposited 21 points. Sophomore fan favorite Justin Givens added 14 points and Sophomore post Robson Memnon had another strong performance in the paint as he tallied 10 points and 9 rebounds. The Raiders and the Pioneers battled back and forth from the opening tip to the final buzzer…literally! The game lead changed hands too many times to count until late in the second half when the Raiders made a run led by two nice drive and finishes by Givens and a one hand monster dunk by John Brown which gave the visiting Raiders a 79-71 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game. But the Pioneers were not yet done. A quick basket by Cory Holt and then a turnover by the Raiders cut the lead to four with 50 seconds to go Then an ill advised shot attempt by the Raiders led to a fast break three point field goal by point guard KJ Stripling, cutting the lead to one. Once again the Raiders, who could have milked the clock, took an ill advised shot and missed and Stripling was immediately fouled on the defensive rebound. He knocked down his two free throws which gave the Pioneers an 80-79 lead with 19 seconds remaining. Without hesitation the Raiders ran their break which led to a clutch basket by Givens giving the Raiders a one point lead. The Pioneers pushed it to the front court and drew a foul on the Raiders which put Justin Johnson on the line for a one and one situation. Johnson missed the first one but Pioneers Jay Stark, who had a team high 25 points, got the offensive rebound and put back the follow up to give the home team a one point lead once again. After a couple of chess moves by the opposing coaches the Raiders took the ball out and executed a beautiful full court play which led to a John Brown assist to a streaking Yavario Smith, who laid in a left hand lay-up that put the Raiders back up 83-82 with three seconds left. With no time outs left the Pioneers were only left with a half court three for the win which came up empty. The Raiders improved to 14-7 on the year and 8-5 in the conference which puts them in a tie with East Tennessee rival Walter State as the Raiders and the other teams at the top jockey for high tournament seeds. Top ranked Chattanooga State rolls into Harriman Monday for a huge conference tilt which could prove to be huge in the fight for seeding in the upcoming conference tournament. Game times for Wednesday are, women at 6 and men at 8pm, please come out and watch two of the top Community College basketball teams in the state, which is likely to be a great contest!
02/06Volunteer StateGallatin, TN5:00pm EST83-82
The Roane State men's basketball team learned two valuable lessons this weekend as they earned a tough conference road split, losing to Motlow State 100-90 on Friday and then bouncing back to beat Volunteer State 83-82. Lesson one; never feel safe with a big lead on the road, and lesson two; play until the final horn sounds. The Raiders started their road trip in Tullahoma as they raced out to an early lead against the feisty Bucks from Motlow State. The Raiders scored early and often as Sophomore post John Brown, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Freshman Yavario Smith, who had a stellar night with 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Sophomre Jarail Rakestraw, who finished with 18 points (6 three pointers), all caught fire early. Back to back to back three point baskets by Rakestraw, Smith and Brown put the Raiders up 10 points in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Bucks fought back behind the red hot shooting of guard Freddy Goldstein (37 points including 9 threes), but the Raiders would not back down as Sophomore post Robson Memnon, 10 points 9 rebounds, silenced the small but ruckus crowd by taking a defensive rebound coast to coast for a thunderous two hand jam over a Motlow State defender. The boys from Harriman continued the momentum and took a 13 point lead into halftime.
The Raiders came out of halftime still with something to prove, as Smith continued to beat defenders down the floor for easy scores in transition and Rakestraw had a stretch where he hit 4 straight three point baskets which brought the lead to twenty, 68-48, with 13:00 minutes to play in the game. Then the tide turned. Freddie Goldstein continued his torrid shooting from the outside connecting on three point field goal after three point field goal, the Buck guards started playing with more energy and they attacked the basket relentlessly which in turn took them to the free throw line….a lot. The home standing Bucks shot 30 free throws, connecting on 24 of them, in the second half alone, and after the 3 minute mark the Buck had taken their first lead of the game. The Raiders made one last ditch effort to regain the momentum, but fittingly enough, their backs were broken by Goldstein's ninth three point field goal from the corner and the Raiders would fall 100-90.
The Roane Sate squad came back Saturday and showed great character when they matched up against a red hot Volunteer State squad, who had won 4 straight conference games, and proved that they are a team that will never crumble on the road. The Raiders were once again led by Sophomore captain John Brown who had another huge night as he scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, and created 4 steals against a very improved Volunteer State squad who had just knocked off TCCAA stalwart Walters State. Freshmen combo guard Yavario Smith scored 20 or more points for the fourth straight game as he deposited 21 points. Sophomore fan favorite Justin Givens added 14 points and Sophomore post Robson Memnon had another strong performance in the paint as he tallied 10 points and 9 rebounds. The Raiders and the Pioneers battled back and forth from the opening tip to the final buzzer…literally! The game lead changed hands too many times to count until late in the second half when the Raiders made a run led by two nice drive and finishes by Givens and a one hand monster dunk by John Brown which gave the visiting Raiders a 79-71 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game. But the Pioneers were not yet done. A quick basket by Cory Holt and then a turnover by the Raiders cut the lead to four with 50 seconds to go Then an ill advised shot attempt by the Raiders led to a fast break three point field goal by point guard KJ Stripling, cutting the lead to one. Once again the Raiders, who could have milked the clock, took an ill advised shot and missed and Stripling was immediately fouled on the defensive rebound. He knocked down his two free throws which gave the Pioneers an 80-79 lead with 19 seconds remaining. Without hesitation the Raiders ran their break which led to a clutch basket by Givens giving the Raiders a one point lead. The Pioneers pushed it to the front court and drew a foul on the Raiders which put Justin Johnson on the line for a one and one situation. Johnson missed the first one but Pioneers Jay Stark, who had a team high 25 points, got the offensive rebound and put back the follow up to give the home team a one point lead once again. After a couple of chess moves by the opposing coaches the Raiders took the ball out and executed a beautiful full court play which led to a John Brown assist to a streaking Yavario Smith, who laid in a left hand lay-up that put the Raiders back up 83-82 with three seconds left. With no time outs left the Pioneers were only left with a half court three for the win which came up empty. The Raiders improved to 14-7 on the year and 8-5 in the conference which puts them in a tie with East Tennessee rival Walter State as the Raiders and the other teams at the top jockey for high tournament seeds. Top ranked Chattanooga State rolls into Harriman Monday for a huge conference tilt which could prove to be huge in the fight for seeding in the upcoming conference tournament. Game times for Wednesday are, women at 6 and men at 8pm, please come out and watch two of the top Community College basketball teams in the state, which is likely to be a great contest!
02/10Chattanooga StateHarriman8:00pm EST87-79
Raiders Sweep Week against Conference Foes
Harriman, Tn. & Cleveland, Tn.
The Roane State Men's Basketball team is on a roll. The Raiders (16-7, 10-5) came into the week winners of 10 of their last 13 games and had moved themselves into the top tier of the very tough TCCAA standings. On Wednesday the Raiders welcomed, then first place, Chattanooga State to Harriman as they looked for some revenge from a tough 2 point loss at the hands of the Tigers in early January, and the home team did not disappoint. The Tigers used the strength of their inside game and 7 footer Philip Jurick to take an early 6 point lead as Jurick scored 6 of his 8 points in the first four minutes of the game. The Radiers weathered the storm as Sophomores John Brown, who finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 7 steals, and Jarail Rakestraw, who had a team high 25 points, righted the ship. With Rakestraw dialed in from the outside and Brown dominating the glass on both ends the Raiders closed the gap quickly and the lead changed hands most of the first half. The Raiders continued the momentum of the starters as the reserves contributed huge minutes, including Sophomore Robson Memnon who came close to a double- double with 10 points and 9 rebounds, and Antoni Magdos had another strong outing as he contributed 10 points and 4 steals. Also getting into the action was Xavier Carr whose steal and conversion at the end of the first half took the Raiders to the locker room all tied up at 40 a piece.
The Raiders came out strong in the second half as Rakestraw connected on back to back three pointer to give the home tea a 46-40 lead, but Chattanooga had an outside answer as Alex Wells dropped three straight three pointers and converted on a drive to the lane which stunned the crowd and put the Raiders behind 51-46. The Tiger rally was stopped by a John Brown basket followed by a Yavario Smith three point play which tied the game at 51. The lead once again went back and forth with no team gaining more than a four point lead. With right around three and a half minutes to play with the score tied at 71 Freshmen Jaco Pettway created a steal which led to another Yavario Smith lay-up and foul, which he converted, that gave the Raiders a 74-71 lead. The very next play it was John Brown time, Brown stole an errant Chattanooga pass and streaked down the side line and threw down a massive one hand dunk over the head of a Tiger defender, Brown was fouled on the play and he converted his fouls shot giving the Raiders a 77-71 lead with under two minutes to go in the game. The Raiders hit clutch free throws down the stretch as they went on to win 87-79.
The RSCC road warriors then hit the road on Saturday for another conference tilt against the always tough Cleveland State Cougars. The Raiders were focused and trying to make sure they did not have a letdown after the big win against Chattanooga State on Wednesday. Thankfully, the Cougars reminded the boys from Harriman early that this game would be a struggle too. Hot early shooting by Cougars guard Jesse Taylor, who hit 6 three pointer, put the home standing Cougars up early and often as the Raiders had to figure a way to slow down the Cleveland State offense. Once again the response came from Sophomres John Brown and Jarail Rakestraw who provided the early answer to the Cougars energy. Brown, who had another yeoman's effort finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and three steals, had back to back steals off Cougar miscues which led to back to back fast break dunks and gave the Raiders the momentum the need to get kicked into gear. Rakestraw backed that up with back to back three point field goals which gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 24-23. The Raiders also got good contributions from Freshmen post Jerrod Allen, who had a great all around game scoring 8 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and drawing two huge offensive fouls against the Cougars best post player Willie Smith. Also in the first half the Raiders got a spark off the bench from Sophomore Chase Bell who scored five quick points which kept the Raiders a head going into the locker room 34-31.
The Cougars were not ready to hide in their den, the home team came out of the locker room with good energy as Devin Boyd got going from the floor and put the Radiers down early in the second half. Once again Brown silenced the crowd as he continuously worked his way inside and either scored or found teammates for finishes. Rakestraw continued his tough play as he connected on 11 of his 19 points in the second half. And the Raiders got some life in the paint in the form of Sophomore Robson Memnon who scored all six of his points in the crucial part of the second half. The Cougars would not go away as they battled back to take a one point lead 73-72 on a Devin Boyd three point basket with under two minutes remaining. Sophomore Renard Flowers was fouled on a drive to the basket and he calmly knocked down both free throws giving the Raiders a one point lead. Then two failed attempts to score for the Cougars led to two John Brown rebounds and four John Brown free throws. Rakestraw provided the last free throw which gave the Raiders their 10th conference win 80-75.
The Raiders now look ahead to their huge show down next Saturday in Morristown as they visit rival Walter State. The women tip things off at 6pm and the men's team follows that up at 8pm. Both teams are fighting for top seeds in the upcoming Region VII tournament starting March 2nd in Columbia Tn. The next home games for the Raiders are February 25th and then Sophomore Night February 26th against Columbia State.
02/13Cleveland StateCleveland, TN4:00pm EST80-75
Raiders Sweep Week against Conference Foes
Harriman, Tn. & Cleveland, Tn.
The Roane State Men's Basketball team is on a roll. The Raiders (16-7, 10-5) came into the week winners of 10 of their last 13 games and had moved themselves into the top tier of the very tough TCCAA standings. On Wednesday the Raiders welcomed, then first place, Chattanooga State to Harriman as they looked for some revenge from a tough 2 point loss at the hands of the Tigers in early January, and the home team did not disappoint. The Tigers used the strength of their inside game and 7 footer Philip Jurick to take an early 6 point lead as Jurick scored 6 of his 8 points in the first four minutes of the game. The Radiers weathered the storm as Sophomores John Brown, who finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 7 steals, and Jarail Rakestraw, who had a team high 25 points, righted the ship. With Rakestraw dialed in from the outside and Brown dominating the glass on both ends the Raiders closed the gap quickly and the lead changed hands most of the first half. The Raiders continued the momentum of the starters as the reserves contributed huge minutes, including Sophomore Robson Memnon who came close to a double- double with 10 points and 9 rebounds, and Antoni Magdos had another strong outing as he contributed 10 points and 4 steals. Also getting into the action was Xavier Carr whose steal and conversion at the end of the first half took the Raiders to the locker room all tied up at 40 a piece.
The Raiders came out strong in the second half as Rakestraw connected on back to back three pointer to give the home tea a 46-40 lead, but Chattanooga had an outside answer as Alex Wells dropped three straight three pointers and converted on a drive to the lane which stunned the crowd and put the Raiders behind 51-46. The Tiger rally was stopped by a John Brown basket followed by a Yavario Smith three point play which tied the game at 51. The lead once again went back and forth with no team gaining more than a four point lead. With right around three and a half minutes to play with the score tied at 71 Freshmen Jaco Pettway created a steal which led to another Yavario Smith lay-up and foul, which he converted, that gave the Raiders a 74-71 lead. The very next play it was John Brown time, Brown stole an errant Chattanooga pass and streaked down the side line and threw down a massive one hand dunk over the head of a Tiger defender, Brown was fouled on the play and he converted his fouls shot giving the Raiders a 77-71 lead with under two minutes to go in the game. The Raiders hit clutch free throws down the stretch as they went on to win 87-79.
The RSCC road warriors then hit the road on Saturday for another conference tilt against the always tough Cleveland State Cougars. The Raiders were focused and trying to make sure they did not have a letdown after the big win against Chattanooga State on Wednesday. Thankfully, the Cougars reminded the boys from Harriman early that this game would be a struggle too. Hot early shooting by Cougars guard Jesse Taylor, who hit 6 three pointer, put the home standing Cougars up early and often as the Raiders had to figure a way to slow down the Cleveland State offense. Once again the response came from Sophomres John Brown and Jarail Rakestraw who provided the early answer to the Cougars energy. Brown, who had another yeoman's effort finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and three steals, had back to back steals off Cougar miscues which led to back to back fast break dunks and gave the Raiders the momentum the need to get kicked into gear. Rakestraw backed that up with back to back three point field goals which gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 24-23. The Raiders also got good contributions from Freshmen post Jerrod Allen, who had a great all around game scoring 8 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and drawing two huge offensive fouls against the Cougars best post player Willie Smith. Also in the first half the Raiders got a spark off the bench from Sophomore Chase Bell who scored five quick points which kept the Raiders a head going into the locker room 34-31.
The Cougars were not ready to hide in their den, the home team came out of the locker room with good energy as Devin Boyd got going from the floor and put the Radiers down early in the second half. Once again Brown silenced the crowd as he continuously worked his way inside and either scored or found teammates for finishes. Rakestraw continued his tough play as he connected on 11 of his 19 points in the second half. And the Raiders got some life in the paint in the form of Sophomore Robson Memnon who scored all six of his points in the crucial part of the second half. The Cougars would not go away as they battled back to take a one point lead 73-72 on a Devin Boyd three point basket with under two minutes remaining. Sophomore Renard Flowers was fouled on a drive to the basket and he calmly knocked down both free throws giving the Raiders a one point lead. Then two failed attempts to score for the Cougars led to two John Brown rebounds and four John Brown free throws. Rakestraw provided the last free throw which gave the Raiders their 10th conference win 80-75.
The Raiders now look ahead to their huge show down next Saturday in Morristown as they visit rival Walter State. The women tip things off at 6pm and the men's team follows that up at 8pm. Both teams are fighting for top seeds in the upcoming Region VII tournament starting March 2nd in Columbia Tn. The next home games for the Raiders are February 25th and then Sophomore Night February 26th against Columbia State.
02/20Walters StateMorristown, TN8:00pm EST69-77
The Roane State Men's Basketball team was unable to continue its winning ways on the road Saturday night as they fell for the second time this year to Eastern Division rival Walters State in Morristown 77-69. The Raiders and the home standing Senators battled back and forth all night with both teams taking the lead back and forth throughout the night. The Raiders were led by Super Sophomore John Brown, who tallied another double-double as he deposited 19 points, and collected 13 rebounds, Robson Memnon, who added 10 points and 9 rebounds, and Renard Flowers, who had arguably his best game of the year, as he scored 11 points going a perfect 4 for 4 from the floor while dishing out 3 assists. The first half of the game was fast paced to start as the Senators got off early, led by the inside play of Moses Marcilles, who scored a game high 23 points (going 11/12 from the floor), and Fred Sturdivant. The Senators scored 12 second chance points in the first half alone which helped the home team to a 35-31 halftime lead. The Raiders came out of the second half with a little more swagger as back to back baskets by Flowers gave the Raiders a 2 point lead, 53-51, with about 12 minutes to play. The Senators, behind Marcilles, answered and retook the lead 62-59, on an 11-6 run which stretched 6 minutes. Jarail Rakestraw hit his lone three point field goal of the game tying the contest at 62 with just under five minutes to play, but after that, missed free throws and crucial turnovers doomed the men from Harriman as the Senators were able to keep the Raiders at bay for the rest of the game. And when the Raiders brought the score to 71-69 on a free throw by Memnon with only 47 seconds remaining, Senators guard Kyle Upton hit a tough baseline jumper with 10 seconds left that put the home team up four and sealed the Raiders fate. The Raiders never got off another shot and the Senators, who shot 20-24 from the free throw line, padded their lead and took home the conference win.
The Raiders have little time to ponder their disappointing loss as they come back home to host the final two regular season games versus conference foes Jackson State and Columbia State on Thursday and Friday respectively. Thursday night is cancer awareness night as the Raiders and Raiderettes will be wearing pink within their uniforms to support cancer awareness, game times for Thursday are 6pm for the women and 8pm for the men. Friday night against Columbia State will be Sophomore night where all Sophomores from both the men's and women's program will be recognized for their commitment to the Roane State Basketball program. Game times for Friday night's games are women at 5pm and men at 7pm. Please come support as the both teams fight for seeding in next week's Region VII tournament in Columbia Tennessee.
02/25Jackson StateHarriman8:00pm EST71-62
The RSCC Raiders were able to hold off the pesky Jackson State squad and get there 11th conference win on the season. The Radiers were led in scoring by Freshmen Yavario Smith with 13 points, Sophomore John Brown added 12, Sophomore Renard Flowers and Freshmen Jacob Pettway rounded off the double digit scorers with 12 points of his own. The Raiders won but Sophomore sensation John Brown was injured early in the second half and his injury could keep him out for the remainder of the season. The Raiders will now have to re group as the get ready for the Confernce Tournament next week.
02/26Columbia StateHarriman7:00pm EST52-63
Freshmen Yavario Smith was the only Raider to score in double figures as he deposited 13 points. The Raiders lost there first game without Sophomore John Brown whose shoulder injury kept him out of this game. The Raiders celebrated Sophomore night as all 9 Sophomore were recognized before the game. The Raiders however came out ice cold as missed shots and turnovers allowed the visiting Chargers to get out to an 11-0 lead. The Radiers would play even from that point on as they made a couple of different runs to get with in single digit deficits on two different occasions. The Raiders, however, were unable to complete the comeback as they finished the regular season 17-9 and 11-7 in TCCAA conference play. Tyhe Raiders finished with a 10-3 record at home. They get ready now for the conference tournament which will be held at Columbia State. Teh men's team earned a tie for fourth in the conference and find themseleves facing Eastern rival Walters State in the first round of the tournament. Gametime is slated for 8pm Thursday night in Columbia.
03/02TournamentColumbia, Tn.
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