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Thursday, 20 December 2007


The Raiders website tagline boasts, “Basketball: We do it better”.

A slightly unjustified comment when your team sits in 6th place in the Championship, but happily rescued by the fact that they took down the Eagles for their first piece of BBL silverware on March 4th.

It has been a long time coming for the Raiders, whose only representation at a finals event up till now has been by way of an 8 foot cock-eyed animal. On the upside, its a steady pay cheque for Charles Smith.

It was the Raiders first ever triumph in the competition and came thanks in no small part to Carlton Aaron, who was the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP) thanks to a 25-point, 12-rebound haul. Gaylon Moore was also in fine shooting form bagging 17 personal points, whilst Tony Dorsey led the way for Eagles with 20 points.

Despite rising to the occasion on this occasion, the Raiders have had a struggling season, much like the Rocks, with inconsistency dogging any real attempt for championship contention. But any trophy is better than no trophy at all.

With the team spearheaded by Gavin Love and coached by long-time collaborator Gary Stronach, the Raiders have a good future if they can keep all of their elements together.
They can be a strong team when they want to be and utterly woeful at other times.
It will be interesting to see which Raiders team shows up tonight.

Jamie Barr

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