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Raiders unbeaten as break nears

Mount Ayr 83,
Lenox 61
The Mount Ayr Raiders hosted the Lenox Tigers December 6 in Mount Ayr.
The Raiders jumped ahead early, 18-8 before the Tigers had a breakout second quarter to outscore the Raiders 21-20 and close the deficit heading into halftime with Mount Ayr leading 38-29.
The Raiders got things going in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 29-18 and held the advantage to win out 83-61.
Jaixen Frost had another breakout game, scoring 23 points to lead the Raiders after getting into foul trouble very early on, while Braydon Pierson scored 14, Riley Stark scored 13, Tyler Martin put up 10 and Jackson Ruggles scored 10 to round out double-digit scorers.
“I was not playing my type of basketball, I was being rushed and they were doing a good job of getting me out of my comfort zone,” said Frost on the early fouls. “I don’t usually allow that to happen. I had to come back in the second-half, help out my teammates out and be a good teammate.”
Pierson led the team in rebounds with 12, while Ryce Reynolds recorded eight.
Frost led the team in steals with five.
“Our guys had a little energy coming in, I thought we started well tonight. Defensively we did a great job early and then we kind of got away from it,” said coach Bret Ruggles. “We talked at half, regrouped and followed the scouting report perfectly and got the win.”
Ruggles was, in a way, glad that his team had to play without Frost for just awhile, to prove to themselves they could do it.
“In a way I’m glad it happened. Our guys need to realize they can play without him, that it’s okay,” said coach Ruggles. “Jackson [Ruggles] played really well, hit some tough shots, Pierson had some nice shots, Tyler Martin really got going tonight. Ryce Reynolds is outstanding. He doesn’t get a lot of points but he is so good defensively, so good rebounding, his hustle, his effort is contagious and I thought he did a fantastic job tonight.”
Stats
1 2 3 4 F
LT 8 21 18 14 61
MA 18 20 29 16 83
Offense
Pts FG 3 FT
Stark 13 4-5 0-1 5-7
Reynolds 9 3-5 0-1 3-5
Frost 23 11-19 0-3 1-1
Pierson 14 5-13 1-5 3-4
Martin 10 4-6 1-2 1-2
Ruggles 10 4-7 2-5 0-0
Victor 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Trujillo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Albaugh 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
T.Dugan 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Main 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Fooken 2 1-3 0-0 0-0
JaizeFrost 2 1-1 0-0 0-0
Defense
R Ast S B
Stark 3 3 4 0
Reynolds 8 2 1 0
Frost 4 3 5 0
Pierson 12 1 2 0
Martin 1 0 3 0
Ruggles 4 2 1 0
Victor 0 0 0 0
Trujillo 0 0 0 0
T.Dugan 1 0 0 0
Main 0 0 0 0
Fooken 2 0 1 0
JaizeFrost 1 0 0 0
Mount Ayr 69,
SEW 50
The Raiders continued their winning ways last Friday night.
Taking to the road for the first time of the season, the Raiders faced a 3-2 Southeast Warren Warhawk team.
The Raiders started the contest off hot, doubling the Warhawk score in the first quarter and extending their lead at halftime, 38-21.
The second-half saw the Raiders continue to lead, but a drop off in the fourth quarter saw the Warhawks outscore Mount Ayr 13-10, but the late comeback attempt wasn’t enough to knock-off the Raiders.
In the win, Mount Ayr was led by Jaixen Frost who scored 21 on the night and Tyler Martin who put 13 on the board.
Frost was three-for-three from the arch, while Martin was three-of-six.
It was a fairly clean game with the Raider free throw attempts limited to only seven, in which four points were scored.
Riley Stark and Jackson Ruggles led the team in steals with four, while Ruggles also tied the team-high in rebounds with six, along with Braydon Pierson.
Stats
1 2 3 4 F
MA 24 14 21 10 69
SEW 12 9 16 13 50
Offense
Pts FG 3 FT
Stark 8 4-9 0-3 0-1
Reynolds 9 3-5 1-2 2-2
Frost 21 8-12 3-3 2-2
Pierson 5 2-5 1-2 0-0
Martin 13 5-11 3-6 0-0
Ruggles 9 4-6 1-2 0-2
Trujillo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
T.Dugan 2 1-1 0-0 0-0
Main 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Fooken 2 1-1 0-0 0-0
JaizeFrost 0 0-1 0-0 0-0
Defense
R Ast S B
Stark 1 2 4 0
Reynolds 2 0 3 0
Frost 2 0 3 0
Pierson 6 1 2 0
Martin 3 0 0 0
Ruggles 6 3 4 0
Trujillo 0 0 0 0
T.Dugan 0 0 0 1
Main 1 0 0 0
Fooken 1 0 0 0
JaizeFrost 2 0 0 0
Mount Ayr 79, SW 23
The Raiders continued their roadtrip on Saturday afternoon, heading to Seymour to take on the Warriors.
The Raiders came out swinging, scoring 30 in the first quarter, while allowing five.
By halftime, the Raiders led 50-12.
The Raider bench saw plenty of crucial minutes in the second-half, where the Raiders outscored the Warriors 38-11.
The Raiders improved to 6-0 on the season in the win.
Braydon Pierson led the Raiders in points with 17, while Jaixen Frost had team high rebounds with seven (along with Ryce Reynolds) and assists with 11.
Riley Stark led the team in steals with six, and scored 11 points in the win.
Stats
1 2 3 4 F
MA 30 20 18 11 79
SW 5 7 4 7 23
Offense
Pts FG 3 FT
Stark 11 4-7 0-1 3-4
Reynolds 12 6-8 0-0 0-0
Frost 13 6-9 0-2 1-1
Pierson 17 6-9 3-6 2-2
Martin 6 3-4 0-0 0-2
Ehlen 0 0-1 0-0 0-0
Ruggles 4 2-6 0-2 0-0
Trujillo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
T.Dugan 3 1-1 0-0 1-4
Main 5 2-3 1-1 0-0
Fooken 6 3-5 0-0 0-1
JaizeFrost 2 1-2 0-0 0-0
Defense
R Ast S B
Stark 0 6 6 0
Reynolds 7 1 2 2
Frost 7 11 3 0
Pierson 1 0 0 0
Martin 2 1 4 0
Ehlen 0 0 0 0
Ruggles 1 0 1 0
Trujillo 0 0 0 0
T.Dugan 1 0 0 0
Main 1 2 0 0
Fooken 5 0 0 0
JaizeFrost 3 2 1 0

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