Raiders get revenge on Lorain on Senior Night

WARREN – Mik’Quan Dorsey knew he didn’t want a repeat of the debacle that happened at Lorain more than a month ago.

Being senior night at Warren G. Harding gymnasium, Dorsey and the rest of the Raiders didn’t let it happen in Friday’s 65-49 victory.

The Raiders lost in early January at Lorain, 68-43.

Friday, Harding came out flat in the first couple minutes of the third quarter as Lorain tied the game at 29. Then, the Raiders went on a 17-1 run to pull away from the Titans – capped by Anthony Bell’s 3. He had 17 points.

Even Lorain coach Andrew Bastock was called for a technical late in the third quarter, but that still didn’t give the Titans a lift. It just built on the Harding advantage that was 46-32 after three quarters.

“When we went up there, we felt like they disrespected us,” said Dorsey, who had a game-high 19 points. “They beat on us. They were more physical than us. We weren’t really ready to play. We as seniors told them at halftime at the start of the third quarter we have to turn up. That’s what we tried to do. We came out a little sluggish.

“We saw they were trying to get a spark, but we wouldn’t let it happen.”

Defense had a lot to do with the Harding victory.

Harding (12-8, 6-7 Lake Erie League) pressured Lorain (8-11, 5-8) into many miscues that befuddled the Titans.

“You win the turnover battle 25-9, you got to win basketball games,” Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich said.

The Raiders did get outrebounded 34-24, but the turnovers won out Friday.

“I’ll take that every day,” Vlajkovich said. “… Even though they were bigger, our kids were tougher.”

Lorain’s Andre Phillips paced the Titans with 11 points.

Dorsey, O’Sha Jackson and Greg Jackson, Harding’s three seniors, combined for 38 points. It was a special night for O’Sha Jackson, who had 12 points.

“Me, Mik’Quan and Greg have always played together since we were younger, and this is what we’ve always wanted,” O’Sha said of playing on senior night. “We had to give our best effort to make our dream come true.”

Tuesday, Harding plays at Canfield.