Rebels go to OT against Turrell in NEA action

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

The Riverside Rebels boys' team took on Turrell in their second game at the NEA. The game got off to a shaky start for the Rebels. Turrell came out with a full court press that instantly caused the Rebels some problems. "We were expecting them to press and trap," said Coach Campbell. At the end of the first period, Turrell led 12-8. In the second quarter, the Rebels settled down and found ways to beat the press. Once down court, they

took their time and worked the ball around for good shots. They built momentum in the second and, with eight ticks left, Jacob Couch put in two and tied the score at 24.

The start of the third quarter had a feeling of excitement. The fans that had thought this wasn't going to be much of a contest now knew that they were going to see a real battle. "This was one of those games where it seemed nobody thought we could win," said Coach Campbell. The Rebels were ready for the Turrell press in the second half. They showed excellent composure and moved the ball well. With 5:30 left in the third, Joe Ellis sank a three-pointer that gave the Rebels their first lead at 27-26. The teams went score for score for the rest of the third period. The last play of the third was a steal and a score by Turrell. Coach Campbell said, "We had a few too many turnovers." The turnover at the end of the third would prove to be the costly. Turrell used the clock and it's small lead to good advantage. They played the stall game and held the ball until, with 3:38 in the fourth; the Rebels took a foul to stop the clock. With two minutes to go Turrell led 45-40, but by the time the clock read 0:48, Riverside had closed the gap to 47-45 with a three-pointer by Matt Owens. Turrell tried to hold the ball and let the clock run out, but the Rebels were determined not to let that happen. The Rebels got the ball back with 13 seconds on the clock. They made a quick pass to center court and then another pass to an open Jacob Couch. Couch, as he had done at the end of the first half, tied the score. Regulation ended at 47 apiece. The noise from the Riverside fans shook the building. In overtime, Turrell's stall tactics finally paid off. They got a lead and held the ball until the Rebels were forced to foul to stop the clock. As the overtime period ended, Turrell held a 58-52 lead. Coach Campbell was happy with his team's performance. "I was really pleased with our rebounding, and I think playing a team of that caliber will help us prepare for the rest of the season," said Campbell. Dustin Kelems scored 17 for the Rebels. Jacob Couch and Matt Owens both scored 13. Lockhart led Turrell with 17.

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