A Look Back At St. Raymond's Weekend Win

A big victory over talented Rice seems to have given St. Raymond's some momentum ...

PLEANSANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Oliver Antigua knew Sunday's matchup against unheralded Spring Valley (N.Y.) H.S. was a bit of a trap game for his St. Raymond's squad, which was coming off Friday night's big win over CHSAA rival Rice.

But thanks to his young backcourt of 5-11 junior Gerald Colds and 6-0 sophomore Darryl Bryant, the Ravens avoided the upset bug and emerged with a hard fought 79-72 victory over the Tigers.

"I thought Gerald and Darryl made some big shots down the stretch to kind of keep them at a distance," Antigua said. "I give a lot of credit to their team and their coaching staff, because even though they were the smaller team, I thought they out-hustled us."

After a nip and tuck first half, the Ravens closed strong and took a 33-26 lead into the break. But St. Raymond's could never really shake off Spring Valley, despite taking a 51-39 late third quarter lead on a three-point play by forward Torrance McGill.

Spring Valley rallied behind the fine play of 5-10 senior combo guard Rashawn Veada (24 points), who consistently made shots and got his teammates involved. The Tigers closed to within 59-56 early in the fourth quarter and trailed by just four (64-60) midway through the final period before the Ravens grabbed the upper hand.

A tough driving basket by Bryant put St. Raymond's up 72-63 with 3:08 remaining, and Spring Valley got no closer than five points the rest of the way. The Tigers were their own worst enemy in many regards, converting just 16 of 35 free throw attempts in the contest.

Colds (21 points) earned game MVP honors, although Bryant (20 points, three assists) easily could have laid claim to the award as well.

"It's a learning experience, because we are still young, and we've been beating teams because we've been outworking them," Antigua said. "Today was a lackluster performance, and I told the guys, as we get better, we become the hunted, not the hunter."

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