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Raiders Pull Out Victory

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The final game of the day was what everyone had been waiting for since the start of the day. The gym was rocking with everyone on their feet throughout the entire first half. They were all anticipating every move of #12 Zion Williamson. Players from Keenan had a different idea by suffocating the superstar with hard nose defense and each player awaited every move he made. Dantrell Sligh-Rogers and Tariq Simmons would also put together a solid offensive performance to get the Raiders off to a 10 point lead throughout the first half. The Griffins though would get some scoring from Matthew Brown to keep it close and then that thunderous sound (a Zion Williamson Windmill Dunk) that shook the city of Columbia happened and we had a tie game going into the half.

Spartanburg Day would get off to a hot start in the second half going up 5 points and then would come out in a spread offense to slow the game down. This ignited a spark in the Keenan defense as they would turn up the pressure and get back in the game and make it a 45-45 tie with 6:21 left. The Keenan defense would continue to hold Williamson in check down the stretch as he would only score 7 points in the second half. Luckily for the Griffins, a drive for two by Lindsey Chandler and a big three by Bishop Richardson would keep the Bishops up by as many as three down the stretch. The Keenan defense would again rise to the occasion with several steals down the stretch to give the Raiders a three point advantage. A missed one and one with 16 seconds left would give the Griffins one more shot at a three point basket but it would come up short and the Raiders will go on to face the Lakers of La Lumiere in the championship game Friday at 8:30.