The Minden Crimson Tide fell to the Huntington Raiders, 75-65, Friday night.
It was a tough game between the top two teams in District 1-4A.
"We played extremely hard and I'm very proud of our effort," Tide head coach Alan Shaw said. "We challenged our boys to leave everything on the court and leave nothing behind, and that's what they did. They gave it everything they had and I'm very proud of their effort."
Shaw felt his team played very well, but faltered in one phase of the game.
"We had some goals in mind and met all of them but one," Shaw said. "And that was the difference in the ball game. We had to try to limit our turnovers, and we did that. We had to be aggressive on the boards, and we played them even there. We also had to be selective in our shot selection and take good shots, and we did that. But the one thing we didn't do, was the difference in the ball game."
Free throw shooting hurt the Tide, as they missed 15 from the line.
"We knew we had to shoot 75% from the line," Shaw said. "And unfortunately it didn't fall our way. So many games are won and lost on the free throw line, and that was the main difference in this ball game."
C.J. Elkins led the Crimson Tide with 21 points and Louis Moore added 11. Anfernee Red scored 17 points and Kevin Hamilton added 13.
"It's a tough loss, but overall I was very proud of our kids," Shaw said. "We were a little short-handed for a couple of reasons, but the kids overcame that and we had some kids step up. It's a tough loss but we have to put it behind us and try to win these next four games to improve our playoff situation."
The Crimson Tide fell to 16-7 overall and 4-2 in District 1-4A play.