The El Dorado boys basketball team elevated its game Wednesday in an effort to win its Senior Night game but the problem was so did River City.
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The Raiders hit on an impressive 62 percent of their two-point field goals — several in the “are-you-kidding-me” category — to keep the Cougars at bay in a 74-55 Sierra Valley Conference win.
“It seemed like we couldn’t get traction the whole night,” El Dorado coach Ken Macklin said of the Cougars final appearance on the home floor. “We’d play great defense for 20-25 seconds and did all the things we needed to shorten their possession but then they’d make a spectacular play.”
Some of those came in the paint as River City, led by playmaker Jose Chacon, converted on 19 of its 26 inside attempts.
The evening started well as El Dorado honored seniors Sean Gregg, Justin Morrison, Daniel Vance and Michael Webb but the quartet and Tommy Williams soon had a fight on their hands as the Raiders raced to a 20-12 first-quarter lead. River City extended to lead by 15 at the half and 21 after three quarters.
The Cougars attacked the basket in the fourth behind Aaron Line, Williams, Morrison, Vance and Matt Smith to get the Raiders’ attention — drawing within 13 on Morrison’s inside reverse and later 14 as Ian Spencer knocked down a three but Chacon and Co. regained control to win by 19.
“We fought, scratched and hung in the whole way. We made our best run toward the end but they were able to hold us off,” Macklin said.
Morrison scored 10 points to lead El Dorado; Williams bucketed nine; Vance and Line had eight apiece; Smith had seven and Gregg, five points.
Note: Senior cheerleaders Jessica Serne, Katie Morgan and Jessica Britton also took a bow prior to tipoff.