Raider rally falls short against Sanderson
Southern Vance coach Torrey Nowell finally got the effort he wanted out of his team in the fourth quarter, but Raleigh Sanderson answered a Raider comeback and pulled away for a 65-49 win.
The Spartans, of the 4-A Cap 8 Conference, led 48-27 entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s South Granville Holiday Invitational fifth place game (Bojangles Bracket). But Southern trimmed the lead to nine points with 3:18 remaining behind a trio of 3-pointers from Ty-Traveon Roberts.
Sanderson reclaimed momentum on Parker Fennema’s breakaway one-hand flush to make it 60-48 with less than two minutes to play.
“That’s the effort I wanted the whole game,” said Nowell. “Our guys worked hard, they’re finally starting to buy in. I think these guys are starting to believe that if we play defense, we can play with anybody.”
Roberts led Southern (5-6) with 16 points and was named to the all-tournament team along with Fennema, who had eight.
“He’s going to be the guy that really needs to start stepping up when we get to conference play,” Nowell said of Roberts.
Sanderson was led Saturday by Reggie Traywick’s 35 points.
The Spartans started the tourney with a loss to Ravenscroft before beating Warren County Friday.
“Great team, great size, well-coached,” said Nowell. “Everybody on the team can handle the ball which is a plus and the guys can shoot.”
Traywick’s shooting put Southern in a second-quarter hole. He knocked down three of his four treys in the second as Sanderson took a 39-22 lead into halftime. The Spartans finished with eight made 3s on the afternoon.
Cameron Evans had 14 for the Raiders and Jamarcus Perry tallied eight.
Southern lost 57-49 to Raleigh Athens Drive Thursday before a 45-42 win over Louisburg Friday.
“We play in a tough conference so (this tournament) can’t do anything but help us get better,” said Nowell.
The rookie Raider head coach will get his first taste of the Southern-Northern rivalry when his squad returns to the court Jan. 11 at Raider Gymnasium.
“I heard the games are packed,” Nowell said. “Really don’t know what happened the last couple of years. But we’re going to get out there and fight.”
In winner’s semifinal action Friday, Ravenscroft defeated Cary Green Hope. That set the stage for a Saturday night championship match between the Ravens and South Granville. The host Vikings knocked off Athens Drive in the semifinals.
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