Rider snaps Decatur’s nine-game win streak

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, January 4, 2019.
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With under a minute remaining Friday, Rider senior Ty Craswell picked up his dribble and lined up a shot in transition.

Well beyond the arc, Craswell fired an off-balance 3-pointer that found nothing but twine. The shot broke a deadlock at 49 and gave the Raiders a 52-49 advantage.

“I kind of thought there was a lack of discipline, especially in the second half,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman.” We gave up 35 in the second half to them and a lot of it was just not doing what we’re taught to do — like losing shooters.”

On Decatur’s next possession, Wilson Hicks came off a screen for a contested look at a 3 to tie the game, but it clanked off the back iron, sending Rider home with the 55-49 victory Friday afternoon. The loss snapped the Eagles’ nine-game winning streak, dropping them to 20-3.

“We had gone over some sets they run and they kind of exposed us from a lack of discipline — things we didn’t do today,” Coffman said. “But hopefully it’s something we can grow from and get better from.”

Decatur and Rider traded the lead nine times in the second half. The Raiders outscored the Eagles 35-28 in the final two quarters.

Craswell finished with 16 points. Rice commit and 6-9 senior Ben Moffat scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.

“He’s a good player,” Coffman said. “I thought we didn’t do a good enough job of side-circling with him to prevent him from catching the ball. When he catches it that deep he’s just too big and strong.”

Decatur took its largest lead of the game late in the second quarter on a Gage Rieger layup. The bucket gave the Eagles a 21-15 advantage and forced Rider into a timeout.

The Raiders ended the half on a 5-0 run to trim the deficit to 21-20 at the intermission.

The two sides entered the fourth quarter knotted at 34 and traded baskets until a corner 3 by Hicks put the Eagles up 45-42 with 3:38 remaining. But the Raiders outscored Decatur 13-4 in the final three-and-a-half minutes to pull out the win.

“I just don’t think we executed real well today,” Coffman said. “And that’s on me. My job is to make sure we execute and we didn’t execute real well. I’ve got to do a better job of making sure we’re on the same page doing what we need to do.”

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