Center Roughriders advance to playoffs after 68-60 win over Huntington

Coach Hiram Harrison and the Center Roughriders are playoff bound after knocking off Huntington on the Riders home court, 68-60, Tuesday night.

The Roughriders got off to a quick start taking a 20-13 lead into the second quarter. By halftime that lead had evaporated a slight 29-27 lead for Center.

The Riders defense held tough in the second half as the Center offensive machine continued to click and the Riders maintained a 49-44 lead going into the final quarter. The Roughriders outscored the Red Devils in all but the second quarter when Huntingon was on a scoring streak heading into the half.

The Tuesday night victory came after the Roughriders were victorious over the Jasper Bulldogs, 80-71, on Friday, Feb. 14 in Jasper.

Roughrider Jamarrion Evans led Center in the point total Friday, putting up 20 points in the game. . Makel Johnson followed close behind Evans with 19 points.

While Evans and Johnson led the scoring effort they had plenty of help in a well-rounded offenseive effort. Malik Patton, who contributed a total of 17 points, Zacc Smith had 14; and Jumarcus McCollister, sank the ball for 10 points for the Roughriders.

Tuesday's game was senior night for the team.

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