The Red Raiders of Coffee Middle played well in spurts Monday night, but the Raiders struggled to find their offense consistently and dropped the season opener 45-25 to the visiting White County Warriors.
The Raiders looked out of the game early, trailing 25-9 at the halftime break. But a quick 10-0 run, behind 5 points from Landan Abellana and a 3-pointer by Luke Campbell cut the deficit to 25-19.
But White County went on to outscored the Raiders 20-6 over the rest of the game to close out the win.
CMS was led in points by Jase Cashion with 9 in the post. Abellana pitched in 7 and Levi Rollman 4. Campbell had 3 and David Lewis 2 points.
The Raiders (0-1) will open conference play Thursday when Harris comes to Manchester. Tip-off at approximately 7 p.m. (following the girls game). That game will be broadcast live on Thunder Radio.