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Raiders blow past Mitchell for 64-20 win on Tuesday


John Verser / Publisher of the Sun-Telegraph

Sidney's Yeager Price drives down the court in Tuesday's game against Mitchell.

Sidney kept up its effort and intensity in a 64-20 pasting of visiting Mitchell on Tuesday night.

The Raiders (20-1) led 15-0 before the Tigers got on the scoreboard en route to the big win.

"We had really good intensity, and I thought we played with good intensity for all 32 minutes," Sidney coach Erik Kohl said. "We played really good defense, got layups, got wide open shots, and made the extra passes. It was fun to see the unselfishness of those guys."

Sidney put Mitchell on its heels early. Ryan Birner opened the scoring, before Tyler Wintholz scored 10 straight points in the game-opening run. Birner's trey with 5:05 left in the opening quarter gave the Raiders a 15-0 lead.

Mitchell's Cleveland Burnett answered with a pair of treys to make it a 15-6 game, but it never got closer than that. Three-pointers from Mitch Porter and Yeager Price closed the quarter and the Raiders were rolling with a 21-10 lead.

Sidney clamped down defensively and kept the pressure on offensively in the second quarter, and outscored Mitchell by a 23-1 clip. The Raiders opened with 14 consecutive points before Jaden Snyder's free throw gave the Tigers their lone point of the quarter.

Kohl said the Raiders kept up their intensity and desire to get better, even though the game was a blowout.

John Verser / Publisher of the Sun-Telegraph

Sidney's Tyler Wintholz drives to the hoop for a layup in Tuesday's game. He led the team offensively with 15 points.

"I thought the guys had a great mentality, a great focus, and just had that desire that no matter what the score was, we just have to improve," he said. "They just had a great attitude. We had really good passing, low turnovers, good rebounding. It was just a solid team effort. It was just really fun having those senior guys one last time on the home court."

Sidney outscored Mitchell 20-9 in the second half, which had a running game clock that started in the third quarter. There were 11 Raiders players who found the scoring column on Tuesday, led by Wintholz with 15 and Cutter O'Connell with 12.

In the home finale, Kohl was happy to send his seniors out with a memorable win.

"You always want your last home game to have a memory when you win, so it's fun to come out and have them with their last game to be a win," he said.


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