Terriers block out the Rays

MOORE HAVEN — The Moore Haven Terriers boys basketball team had already stacked two back-to-back wins as they headed into their Jan. 4 game against the Marco Island Rays. Moore Haven had defeated the South Fort Myers Wolfpack 62-46 on Dec. 28 and the Island Coast Gators 52-42 on Dec. 29. Terrier freshman Nate Crawford led the team in scoring over the two games with 32 points, while junior Jacob Smith had four three-pointers in the Island Coast game alone. Both games saw the Terriers jump out to early leads, with Moore Haven putting up 31 points in the first half against South Fort Myers and 32 points in the first half against Island Coast.

The Terriers stuck to the same script when they faced Marco Island, defeating the Rays 63-38 Moore Haven put up 37 points in the first half, while defensively, the Terriers allowed 18. Crawford once again had a great night, putting up 22 points. Sophomore’s Kelton Hallback and Robert Harris each had 11 points, and freshman Donovan Harris had 7 points on the night. The win brought the Terriers to a 7-5 record on the season. Meanwhile Moore Haven has a 2-4 record in their Class 3A District 6. Sitting atop the district at a perfect 8-0 are the Canterbury Cougars. The Terriers will face the Cougars on Jan. 16. Canterbury defeated the Terriers 67-44 during their first meet-up this year on Dec. 5.

During that game Hallback led in scoring with 12 points, while Moore Haven senior John Cox had 10.

The Terriers fell behind early in the first game against the Cougars and could never catch up. But Terrier freshman Crawford wasn’t as big of a presence in their first match, and as the season has progressed he’s put up some impressive numbers. Crawford leads the team in average points per game with 11.7.

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