Cobblers hold off second half Raider charge

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The Stevens Raider boys notched a four-point upset win over the then-top ranked Central Cobblers earlier this month and have gone on to secure the top-ranking in the state.
Thursday, Stevens makes the short trip to Naasz Gym where Central hoped to avenge that loss.
Full house at Naasz Gym, turning away fans at the door.
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1st quarter of action, Cobblers inbounding, Kailleb Walton-Blanden over to Camden Talley for the first points of the game.
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Later, Central on the move again, Walton-Blanden flies to the rack and hits the pretty reverse lay-in.
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Stevens countering after falling behind 7-nothing. Reigning Athlete of the Week hangs and hits for the Raiders first points of the game.
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More from the Raiders a little later, Cooper Bowman to Trey Eberlein absorbs the contact and gets the basket and foul.
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Cobblers continue to pressure in the first, Walton-Blanden to Mason McBride and McBride bangs home a Cobbler two.
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Check this one out, McBride misses on the jumper, but watch Cobbler Trent Foli and Raider Josh Schumacher just plow into one another, but Foli with the presence of mind to kick it out to Walton Blanden who cans the three. Cobblers with a solid lead early.
And Central holds off a 2nd half charge. Final Score 59 to 55.