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Raiders focused on themselves at own Tip-Off Classic

Turning the focus on themselves instead of worrying about their opponents is the approach both Benjamin Logan and Riverside’s boys basketball teams are taking in their first game of the season.

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The Raiders and Pirates tip off the season this weekend in the third-annual Benjamin Logan Tip-Off Classic.

Riverside plays Mechanicsburg at 4 p.m. today to start the tournament and host Ben Logan faces Botkins at 6 p.m. in the second game. Game times had to be moved up from the original schedule because of Mechanicsburg’s playoff football game tonight.

On Saturday, tonight’s losers play in the consolation game at 6 p.m., with the championship to follow at 8 p.m.

Botkins has won the Tip-Off Classic the last two seasons, while Ben Logan finished third a year ago. The Raiders are hoping the third time is the charm.

“We absolutely want to win our own tournament,” said Ben Logan head coach Dave Myers. “We haven’t been in the finals of our own tournament. Botkins hasn’t lost in our tournament, either. So we are hoping to get to the finals of our own tournament and give Botkins a loss in the process. (Tonight) is an important night for us.”

The Trojans finished 16-8 last season and the Raiders are preparing for another tough challenge.

“I know Botkins lost a lot of scoring from last year,” said Myers. “They will be a typical Shelby County team that plays tough man-to-man defense and gets after you. We also expect them to push the ball in transition to try to get easy buckets. We are doing all we can to prepare ourselves, rather than worrying about what Botkins will do.”

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