Raiders win District 7-2A basketball title _lowres

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- The Runnels School’s 2015 boys varsity basketball team includes, first row from left, Humza Pirzadah, Michael Stevenson, Douglas Gulley, Trent Tucker, Ryan Carrier, Griffin Kennedy, Hampton Hudson, J.P. Guillot, Davood Boushehri and Stephen Worsham; and second row, head coach Ben Young, Cade Tate, Alex Benson, Paul Lukinovich, Karl Williams, Thomas Myers, Grant Welch, Andrew Hyde, Josh Sparks, Garrett Deshotels, Mohammad Pirzadah, Mason Warren, Connor Raines and assistant coach Justin MacKay.

The Runnels School boys varsity basketball team sewed up the district 7-2A championship Feb. 9 with an 84-74 win against St. Thomas Aquinas in front of a home crowd.

“Once again,” said head coach Ben Young, “the Raiders came back from a second-half deficit. With 20 seconds left, senior Mohammad Pirzadah hit a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Senior Josh Sparks sank a three-pointer to extend the lead, and the Raiders hit free throws down the stretch to seal the game.”

Senior Grant Welch led the team with 26 points, Sparks added 21 and Pirzadah had 16.

After adding an 85-70 win against French Settlement to the record Feb. 12, the Raiders stand at 9-2 in district play as they head into the playoffs, which begin Feb. 26.