By Gaylen Duskey|
At halftime Tuesday night Calhoun looked like the new and improved version it had recently unleashed on its basketball opponents. The Red Devils had put the pressure on Roane County and sliced the Raiders lead to five.
Unfortunately the bad "old" Calhoun returned in the third quarter as the Red Devils did the three things that give coaches ulcers or gray hair or both as they had unforced turnovers, missed free throws and rebounding lapses in a 65-34 loss to the Raiders.
Roane jumped on the Red Devils early with a three-point barrage, mostly from Jacob Neal who canned four threes in the first quarter.
But with the Raiders on top 20-7 and seemingly ready to make a runaway of things the Red Devils regrouped and changed their defense up a little by having starter Ryan Slider and super sub Lucas Wilson chase after Neal.
It worked and thanks to an 11-5 edge in the second quarter the game was close and momentum seemed to be on the side of the Red Devils.
But that all ended in the third as the Raiders, 3-0, broke the game open then continued to pile up the points after Slider fouled out and the Red Devils were forced to go with underclassmen against the veteran Raider defense.
Slider led Calhoun with 11 points before fouling out with 4:51 remaining. He was the only Red Devil to hit double figures.
Ricky Hall added nine points and a like number of rebounds for the 0-3 Red Devils.
Mason Sheldon followed with seven points while Tyler Gerwig added four and Sam Brady, Wilson and Derek Dawson added one each. Luke Moore,Trent Phillips and Tyler Tanner all played but did not score.
The Raiders, with a team made up of 10-12th graders since the school has a freshman team, won the reserve game by a 56-24 score behind 15 points from Isaak Wilmoth and 10 from Grant Hardman.
Calhoun, 0-3, was led by Tanner with eight points and seven rebounds.
Brady and Ethyn Miller added five while Luke Sheldon and Austin Gribble had two each. William Baker added a point to round out the scoring.
Dakota Jarvis, David Workman, Makiah Holbert and Riley Cain played but did not score.
Calhoun will try to get its first win of the season Thursday night when it travels to play Braxton County.