Raiders make quick work of Knights

  • Samuel Frederick, #23, of the Raiders blows past a St. John defender.

The Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders were hitting on all cylinders in their Dec. 5 home matchup against rival W.W. King Academy.

The Raiders established a level of defensive intensity that set the tone as they held the Knights scoreless in the first half on their way to a convincing 42-16 victory.

JDA coach Brian Williams said the team fed off its defensive pressure and rebounding.

“Defensively, we came out with a passion and fire. We challenged every shot and we didn’t allow them any second chance opportunities. It was just an all-around great performance,” Williams said.

The Raiders offense wasn’t too shabby, either, thanks in part to the play of Samuel Frederick who lit the Knights up for seven points during a 10-0 first-quarter run.

Ahead 12-0 early in the second quarter, Noah Darnell took over the offense for the Raiders. Darnell scored seven points, including a three-pointer on three of five shooting from the field as the Raiders extended their lead to 22-0.

In the third quarter, the Raiders continued to dominate the Knights. This time, Adam Gee found his shooting touch. Gee poured in six points on three of four shooting and Jeremy Davis added four points to put the team ahead 32-7.

Leading 34-12 midway in the fourth quarter, the Raiders finished with baskets by Wyatt Brant, Gee, Davis and Darnell to close out the game.

“Defense is all about effort. I believe we put in a lot of effort tonight and because of that, the results were very satisfying,” Williaims said.