ROCHESTER - The Raymond Seagulls pulled one out as they beat the boys of North Beach 68-63 in a loser out game during the 2B District IV boys' basketball tournament.
Trailing 13-3 in the opening minutes of the third round of District IV play in Rochester on Feb. 16, the Seagulls came from behind with solid shooting from Elliott Murdock who landed a pair of threes to take the lead by the end of the first quarter.
Seagull Kason Koski, started off the second stanza as he finished the first with a perimeter shot that kept the score even with the Hyaks, who were able to keep the game tight.
Officials, who were having issues with the shot clock display, relied on the game announcer to keep the teams informed with a verbal countdown when the clock hit 15 seconds remaining. This activity was periodic during the games played at Rochester High School impacting almost every team that was scheduled to play that day.
Back on the floor, Raymond was able to start creating a little distance from the Hyaks, but suffered a man down when Landon Maneman was taken from the game on what looked like a twisted ankle.
The second half saw Raymond hit three straight three-point shots starting with the classic Koski supported by a pair from Murdock, who only two minutes later would also suffer a similar fate as Maneman and had to be pulled from the game. The loss of two of their players only seemed to fuel the boys from Raymond as they finished the third period with three unanswered baskets breaking the third tie of the period and edging the Hyaks by three points.
The final quarter was all about who fouled whom as North Beach lost two of their top players due to the too many fouls. Raymond was given a spark off the bench by freshman Marcus Anderson a swing player during the regular season, Anderson showed his potential by dropping a field goal and keeping his head on the game to support his team in place of injured players.
The Hyaks tried to keep the Seagulls from scoring, but sent them to the foul line, which turned out to be critical points for Raymond down the stretch.
As Raymond attempted to exercise caution during the final minute of the game teetering on a five-point lead, North Beach's Austin Perez hit a long ball and brought the Hyaks within striking distance with 12 seconds remaining in the game. The Hyaks kept fouling on Seagull Jayce Freeman who was hitting all opportunities served up to him in the final seconds. And Freeman would seal the deal by hitting his final two points from the painted stripe, giving Raymond a five point lead with only five seconds left to play and was able to hold out for the win.
The win over North Beach advances Raymond into another loser-out game now to be held in Black Hills on Feb. 17.