Raiders find depth

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- After allowing both opponents to shoot better than 50 percent in their first preseason jamboree, the Raider defense cut that down to 41 percent overall Saturday.

Three Rivers beat Pratt Institute 48-40 and Des Moines Area Community College 46-34 at the Johnson County Jamboree in Overland Park, Kan.

"We were playing without three of our better players. We found some pretty good replacements and you've got to be able to do that," Three Rivers coach Gene Bess said. "It was one of those trips you take to try and get better."

Kavion Pippen, Jeffery Porter and Daniel Soetan were all out with injuries, but back in practice Monday. Aidan Saunders started for the Raiders with the three out of the lineup, but then he hurt his elbow in Monday's practice. Bess said they should have most of the guys back for this weekend's jamboree.

Pratt went 2 for 9 on 3-pointers against the Raiders and shot 50 percent from everywhere else.

Camron Reedus and Gabe Grant each hit a trio of 3s for Three Rivers and the Raiders were 7 for 18 from beyond the arc, but 5 for 24 inside of it. Reedus led the team with 17 points and Grant had 12.

Grant and Terrence Parker each had six rebounds and Grant also led the Raiders with four of the team's seven steals.

Three Rivers improved its shooting against Des Moines. The Raiders were 4 for 13 on 3-pointers and 16 for 41 overall.

Reedus again led the tea with 13 points and Grant had 11. Parker had five blocks to go with four rebounds, three steals and four points.

"He played pretty well in the second game," Bess said of Parker.

Three Rivers hosts a jamboree Saturday at the Bess Activity Center. The Raiders will play Evangel at 10 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. against Freed Hardeman.

The Lady Raiders ended the weekend with a win by slowing down where as they managed to open the preseason with a win by speeding up.

Three Rivers, which beat Dyersburg State to open its preseason, lost to Lyon College and College of the Ozarks at The Courts Jamboree in Springfield, Mo., before beating Labette Community College.

Stats were not kept for any of the games.

"We're probably where we need to be," said Three Rivers coach Jeff Walk of the team's development so far in the preseason.

Three Rivers plays Saturday at the Mid America Showcase in Lawrence, Kan.

"Raiders find depth" Daily American Republic 18 Oct 2016: B3

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