Raiders come up big in first, third quarters to beat Salem

Raiders come up big in second half



Brennan Toy didn’t like the direction things were headed for he and his South Range teammates coming out of the locker room to start the second half. He decided he needed to be a catalyst. He led the Raiders past Salem, 58-43, in non-conference play at South Range High School on Tuesday night.

“We get a speech at halftime,” Toy said. “We were getting blown by and we had a lot of turnovers in the second quarter. I just wanted us to go out and not do that again. We played really well in the first quarter. I wanted to do that again.”

Toy netted three of the Raiders’ first four buckets to open the second half as South Range (12-0) attempted to move past a second quarter in which it struggled.

“I pushed the ball and tried to get to the hole,” Toy said. “I saw they were face guarding Michael (Cunningham) so I knew my defender wasn’t going to have help. I tried to blow by him and finish.”

Jaxon Anderson scored the other two buckets as the Raiders used a 10-2 spurt to expand a 26-14 halftime lead to 36-16 with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter.

The Quakers (5-6) struggled to cut into that deficit the rest of the way.

Toy finished with 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.

Cunningham spurred the Raiders to an 18-3 advantage through the first eight minutes with 12 points in the first quarter.

“Everyone moves without the ball,” South Range coach John Cullen said. “That’s the style we play. But he’s a guy who always seems to be open whether it’s at the playground, at the Y or here. He’s a guy who gets open and the other guys always find him. They all have their strengths, but that’s his. He has timing and gets open.”

South Range had a 14-1 lead six minutes into the contest.

Matt Davidson netted a pair of triples to start the second and added another bucket as the Quakers used a 9-0 run to get within six, 18-12, with 5:01 left in the half. Chase Ackerman’s steal and dunk followed a Cunningham 3-pointer and had Salem within seven, 21-14 with 3:38 to play in the half, before the bottom fell out.

“You can’t go down, 18-3,” Salem coach Rich Hart said. “It’s tough to come back from, especially against a good team. We’ve got to get off to a better start. We’ve got to take care of the ball and not turn it over. That’s cost us two games in a row. We had it down to 21-14 with the ball and we turned it over three straight times. You can’t give away that many opportunities against good teams.”

Cunningham finished with 18 points and Anderson chipped in with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Davidson’s 21 points and eight rebounds led the Quakers.

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