Coffee Middle’s Red Raider boys held off a furious Harris rally and won the first round of the Area 6 tournament 33-31 Tuesday night in Manchester.
Harris tried to claw back, though.
The Raiders took a 28-16 lead into the fourth quarter and went cold. Harris outscored the Raiders 15-5 in the final six minutes, but the Raiders held on for the win by 2.
Jerrad Morgan led the Raiders with 13 points. Morgan was hot from deep early, nailing three 3-pointers in the first half. Jaxon Pruitt finished with 9 for CMS.
The Raiders will play again at 5 p.m. Wednesday against top seeded Whitthorne.