It scored 145 points in three halves of basketball over the weekend and 21 in the other.
Friday night it took a half to figure out the zone defense and play its style of basketball against Fergus Falls and by then it was too late to rally as CLC fell 78-72 despite 51 second-half points.
Saturday the Raiders needed less than ten minutes to establish their tempo as they rolled after a slow start to a 94-80 win over the Ridgewater Warriors.
Head coach Jim Russell said it was a great rebound by his team from the disappointing loss the night before.
"We were curious to see how we would show up today. My theory was that good teams always bounce back and we did that," he said. "The number one thing we focused on today was playing our tempo. We didn't want to sit and let them dictate the tempo with the way they run their zone defense or the way they run their offense. We wanted to push it and we did."
Raiders 94, Ridgewater 80
The key: Sophomore Kody Braddix and freshman C.J. Peeters combined for 53 points, hitting 19-28 (67.9 percent) field goals, 5-9 (55.5) three-point baskets and 10-11 (90.9) free throws.
Overall: CLC 6-3
Next: Central Lakes at CLC Invitational 8 p.m. Jan. 3, 6 p.m. Jan. 4.
After seeing CLC struggle with the zone the night before, Ridgewater put it on early, along with a press.
The Raiders appeared to be heading for another sluggish first half as the Warriors pushed their advantage to 17-7 at 14:26 after a turnover led to a transition basket.
CLC responded by pushing at every opportunity, led by sophomore guard Kody Braddix, who finished with a team-high 30 points. The Raiders also took advantage of the Warriors' 11 turnovers, converting them into 16 points.
Ridgewater was up 35-33 at the five minute mark. CLC dictated the pace for the remainder of the first half, scoring 18 points in the final five minutes to go into the locker room up 51-44.
Both teams came out hot, as the Warriors went 17-30 (56.7%) and the Raiders 16-26 (61.5%) in the first half. The Warriors were 4-9 (44.4%) from three-point range and the Raiders 5-10 (50%). Even the free throw shooting was on as the Warriors were 6-7 (85.7%) and the Raiders 14-17 (82.4%).
C.J. Peeters poured in 15 points, Braddix 13 and Dustin Monson 10.
The second half was all CLC, however, as it continued its hot shooting ways, while Ridgewater cooled down and succumbed to the Raiders' pressure defense and up-tempo offense.
CLC slowly started to pull away as it pushed its advantage to 72-58 at the 10 minute mark. The Raiders opened their biggest lead of the contest with five minutes remaining at 84-67.
George Washington, who finished with seven points and a team-high six rebounds, said Saturday's game is the type of style the Raiders would like to play with all season.
"We like to push and get on a lot of fast breaks. Outlet it and go," he said. "It all starts on the defensive end. When we play good defense, we get good rebounds and good outlets and that starts everything."
Russell said his team did a great job of taking advantage of its strengths in its last game before a nearly three-week break between contests.
"We're going to face defenses that are going to stop us from doing what we did tonight, running up and down the court," he said. "But on the other hand, they can't control what we do on the defensive end."
Ridgewater 44 36 - 80
CLC 51 43 - 94
George Washington 7, Kody Braddix 30, Matt Moorman 16, C.J. Peeters 23, Dustin Monson 10, Ryan Peeters 1, Justin Sutton 3, LeNorris Drummond 4. Team totals: FG 33-57 (57.9 percent), FT 21-27 (77.8 percent), 3-point baskets: 7 (Braddix 2, Moorman 2, C.J. Peeters 3), Turnovers 20, Rebounds 30 (Washington 6).
Jarrett Campbell 2, Tim Dreier 18, Ben Moser 7, Dustin Hanuman 3, Derek Eisenschenk 10, Cory Nietfeld 12, Rafael Viana 12, Travis Nordling 3, Chad Mulder 5, Tom Boike 8. Team totals: FG 31-68 (45.6 percent), FT 10-12 (83.3 percent), 3-point baskets: 8 (Dreier 2, Moser 1, Hanuman 1, Eisenschenk 2, Nordling 1, Mulder 1), Turnovers 21, Rebounds 37 (Boike 7).
TY RUSHMEYER, sports writer, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 855-5865.
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