Raiders deliver in season opener

Benjamin Logan head coach Dave Myers said Friday needed to be a big night for his basketball program.


Benjamin Logan’s Tanner Rader chases down a loose ball during the second half of their game against Botkins Friday at the Ben Logan Tip-Off Classic. The Raiders won 68-63 in overtime. EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT

The Raiders made sure it was just that as they advanced to the finals of their third-annual Ben Logan Tip-Off Classic with a dramatic 68-63 overtime victory against Botkins.

“I’m super proud of my guys,” said Myers. “We’ve had 18 or 19 games in the past where we led in the fourth quarter and ended up losing.

“Tonight our guys made plays on offense and got stops on defense. Our numbers are down, but the group we have with us have busted their tails. They earned this win.”

Ben Logan moves on to the title game of its own tournament for the first time and also hands Botkins its first loss in the tournament. The Trojans had won the tournament the past two seasons.

The Raiders play Riverside at 8 p.m. tonight in the championship contest.

“Both teams will be hungry to win it,” said Myers. “Riverside has improved and gave Mechanicsburg some problems in their game. We have to come ready to play against them.”

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