TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) –Rickards came into FAMU DRS without Maurice Howard, their star point guard, who was attending a funeral, but the Raiders didn’t let that slow them down. They cruised to 71-45 victory.
Rickards got a jump on the game right from the start. Cameron Enzor led the Raiders on a 12-2 run in the first two-and-a-half minutes, helping Rickards to a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Not much changed in the second quarter, as the Raiders went into the break with a 31-16 lead.
Rickards played tight defensive all game long. The Baby Rattlers had lots of trouble getting the ball inside the paint, which accounted for their infrequent scoring.
It was a completely different story on the Raiders side of the ball. Javon Wooten did good job orchestrating the offense in place of Howard. His passes helped spread out the Baby Rattler defense, which led to scores by Rickards’ big men.
Because of the constant offensive pressure, the Raiders kept drawing fouls. They went to the free-throw line 18 times over the course of the game.
Power Forward Marcus Louis led Rickards (19-6, 4-2) with 14 points on the night. Enzor and Timothy Carter added 10 apiece.
“Marcus’s last four games have been good games,” Raider head coach Eli Bryant said. “He’s played with more confidence and his energy level has come up. Marcus is going to be really good for us.”
Khalil Butler was the highest scorer of the game, giving the Baby Rattlers (12-13, 8-0) 17 points.
Rickards plays Wakulla next in their first playoff game. FAMU DRS will advance to the playoffs as well, as they finished undefeated in District play.