The Gainesville Hurricanes boys’ basketball team defeated the Santa Fe Raiders by a score of 56-47 at Gainesville High School to move to 19-5 on the season. It also happened to be Senior Night for the Hurricanes.
Congratulations to the Seniors on the Boys Basketball Team. Thanks to you and your families for all you have given to GHS. pic.twitter.com/guhzJArovq
— GHS Hurricanes (@GHSHurricanes) February 7, 2018
How it happened
The Hurricanes played stingy defense in the first quarter, holding the Raiders to 1/9 shooting. Lots of factors went into Santa Fe’s poor shooting. Gainesville was constantly in the Raiders’ face with relentless pressure and forced them to make several bad shots. The Raiders ended up shooting 32 percent in the first half (7/22) while the Hurricanes shot 40 percent (10/25). Santa Fe played much better in the second half, shooting 48 percent from the field (13/27). Gainesville also shot better in the second half at 45 percent (13/29). The game ended up turning into a shootout with Gainesville prevailing in the end. The win moved the Hurricanes to 19-5 on the season while the loss moved Santa Fe to 5-12.
Game action between Gainesville and Santa Fe pic.twitter.com/tL8sB0MTV1
— David Street (@dstreet177) February 7, 2018
Gainesville lots of contribution from several different players. Senior guards Jaden McCay and Dallas Tealer finished with nine points and eight points, respectively. Senior forward Christian Miller-Cardwell finished with 13 points.
The Hurricanes will visit Eastside High School to face a very good Rams team on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30. Eastside has been one of the best teams in the state as they rank 47th according to MaxPreps. Their record is 20-4 and they are riding an eight-game winning streak. Gainesville is also riding its own winning streak at five games. The two teams actually played earlier this season on Jan. 19, with the Rams clobbering the Hurricanes by a score of 73-53. It was the first time in six tries that the Rams defeated the Hurricanes. Gainesville will have a chance at revenge this Friday.
Santa Fe will be at home this Friday to take on the visiting Columbia Tigers. That game will start at 7:30. While the Raiders have been struggling, the Tigers have been enjoying success with a 16-7 record. They are coming off a 61-59 win over the St. Francis Catholic Wolves and riding a two-game winning streak.