No. 1 Raiders light up stat sheet in W – The Northwest Florida Daily News
By Seth Stringer | 315-4421 | @SethSnwfdn | [email protected]
NICEVILLE – When the Region 8 Men’s Basketball Coaches poll was released Tuesday morning, long before Steve DeMeo’s crew rolled to a 122-42 win over Enterprise State at The Arena, NWF State was predictably No. 1.
Not quite unanimous, 19 first-place votes cast to Eastern Florida’s one, yet still a dominant stranglehold for a crew that entered Tuesday ranked tops in the nation at 4-0 and riding 100-65 scoring differential.
Accompanying the poll was a Player of the Week nod, an award celebrating Nashad Mackey for his three-game stretch of 17.7 points per game, 10 rebounds and 67-percent shooting effort for Daytona State.
Those individual awards, though, mean nothing to NWF State.
The Raiders have guys that have played in the Big 12 and Pac-12. Guys that are headed to the ACC. Guys that could easily average 20-plus points a night.
Guys that are going places, literally – check the signings over DeMeo’s four-year tenure in Niceville.
Yet a cursory glance at the team’s individual stats reveals you’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint one go-to player. One guy that would demand double-teams.
That’s because, within this Raiders system, there are just too many to count. Tuesday’s stat sheet perhaps personified that.
You thought the 4-0 start was a statistician’s dream? Psh, Tuesday was a different level.
The Raiders shot 69 percent from the floor – a season-best after shooting 65, 65, 63 and 59 in their first four games – and drained 15 of 26 3-pointers. Thirty-two of the 47 makes were assisted on and the Raiders, led by 16 points from both Daryl Edwards and Pittsburgh commitment Jared Wilson-Frame, had seven guys in double figure points.
Even walk-on Casey Ponder, a local product from Rocky Bayou, lit it up late with