With good three-point shooting, the Rector Cougars beat the Riverside Rebels 54-52 in an overtime thriller on Friday night.
"We had the lead but didn't do what we should. They hit their big shots and we didn't and that spells getting beat," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell.
Riverside led at halftime 22-17, but at the end of the third the score was tied at 29.
The fourth quarter was really physical, and both teams were playing to win. The lead went back and forth until the three-minute mark when the Cougars dropped two three-pointers and pulled ahead by five.
The Rebels stayed tough and held the Cougars to one point in the rest of regulation. At the end of four, the score was tied at 45.
The battle continued in overtime, with neither team able to pull away by more than two. Down by two with a minute to go, the Cougars found Ryan Carpenter in the corner for a three-pointer and took the lead; 51-50.
Then with only 43 ticks on the clock, the Rebels' Jacob Couch calmly sank two free throws and put his team back in the lead.
The Cougars' Wes Harmon then decided to get in on the act and drop a three-pointer of his own. The Cougars took a 54-52 lead with 20 seconds left.
The game looked like it was over when Riverside lost the ball on the baseline, but Rector crossed the end line on the inbounds play and the Rebels were given one last chance.
The Rebels got no easy look on that last possession, and point guard Steven Dewitt was forced to put up a very long jumper. Everyone in the gym stood still and watched as the ball floated seemingly in slow motion towards the rim. The ball hit the rim, rattled around inside, and the popped back out as the final buzzer sounded.
The final in overtime was 54-52, Rector.
Jacob Couch led Riverside with 14 points. Dustin Kelems added 12.
Ryan Carpenter and Justin Goodman scored 17 for the Cougars. Wes Harmon had nine.
Box scores for Sr. High
Jacob Couch 14
Dustin Kelems 12
Blaine Wilkinson 6
Joe Ellis 3
Steven Dewitt 2
Ryan Carpenter 17
Justin Goodman 17
Wes Harmon 9
Billy Scott 5
Jonathan Pratt 3
Kyle Sounder 3
Riverside Rebels Jr. Boys versus Rector
By STEVE BROWN
Town Crier Sports Staff
The Rector Jr. boys beat Riverside on a last second three-pointer in double overtime last Friday night, 45-44.
Riverside Coach Buster Campbell remarked, "We had too many turnovers, and we didn't do what we should have. We had the lead and we didn't take care of business."
Riverside led most of this game. Rector got back in it in the fourth and took a three-point lead with just under a minute to go.
Riverside's Jeremy Mann sank a three-pointer at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime.
After the first overtime, the score was tied at 41.
With 1:47 to go in the second overtime, Rector got the ball and tried to stall and wait for the last shot. At 0:25, Rector gets called for a charge and gives Riverside the ball.
It looked like the Rebels had the game sowed up. They had the ball and the lead and the clock was quickly ticking away.
Rector took a foul with 5 seconds on the clock. Riverside missed the first free throw and made the second.
Down by two and with only three seconds left, Rector made a long pass the length of the court. Two kids fumbled over the ball and Rector's Bryce Conley came up with it. Conley took one dribble and pulled up for a three. The shot found nothing but net and Rector won 45-44.
Riverside was led by Zach Ridge with 19, Blake Stotts with 11, and Tyler Timms with 10.
Bryce Conley led Rector with 19.
Box score for Jr. High
Zach Ridge 19
Blake Stotts 11
Tyler Timms 10
Jeremy Mann 3
Matt Sandefur 1
Bryce Conley 19
Bo Mills 6
Jake Holcomb 5
Jay Beacham 3
Bryan Arnold 2
Max Wyss 2