Valley View's Blazers played spoiler to the Riverside Rebels homecoming with a 66-54 win Friday night at Lake City.
The Rebels jumped off with a quick 2-0 lead on a Joe Ellis 10-footer, but that would be Riverside's only lead of the night.
Craig Duncan immediately canned two straight three pointers and the Blazer never looked back as they handled the Rebels for the second time in less than three weeks.
Riverside had a difficult time figuring out a tenacious Blazer defense and trailed 17-9 after the first quarter.
Shane Mathis led the way for Valley View with 20 points while Riverside could never figure out the Blazer man-to-man defense.
Matt Owens, who led all scorers led a Rebel charge to pull Riverside within three 24-21 midway in the second period, but the Blazers put on a late surge to lead 35-28 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Blazers as they outscored the Rebels 19-8 to take a 49-36 lead heading into the Fourth quarter.
The Rebels could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way even though they out-shot the Blazers at the line. Riverside hit 19-27 at the free throw stripe, while Valley View was only 9-12.
In the end, it was the tough Blazer defense combined with poor Rebel shooting that spelled doom for a Rebel Homecoming win.
"They just have our number," Rebel Coach Buster Campbell said of the Blazers. "They schooled us at every spot. They are so much better than us defensively it is not even funny,"
The Rebel coach added his team battled and had opportunities, but made too many turnovers.
Owens was the only Rebel in double figures. Dustin Kelms scored nine, Alex Smith eight, Ellis chipped in four while Von McDaniel and Michael Dewitt scored three each. Shannon Timms finished off the Rebel scoring with two.
With the loss, the senior Rebels lost for the second time this week falling 3-5 on the year. Marmaduke handed the Rebels a 63-60 loss Tuesday ngiht at Marmaduke dropping their conference record to 1-1 on the year.
Zach Reynolds poured in 19 and Dustin Kelems added 15 to lead the Rebel charge. Matt Owens scored nine, Joe Ellis had eight, Zach Ridge four, and Shannon Timms finished off the Rebel scoring with three.
Josh Bateman scored 18 to lead four Greyhound players in double figures. He was aided by John Clark's 17, Shane Jordan's 13 and Kenneth Barnam 12.
In Junior High action the Riverside Rebels stayed a perfect 8-0 with a 40-27 victory over
Valley View. Tyler Timms poured in 17 points to pace the Rebels. Tim Lawrence and Jordan Adcock added eight each. Cody Rea scored four and M.J. Emery chipped in three.
Riverside took the Marmaduke junior high game 42-29. Tyler Timms led the Rebels with 14. Jordan Adcock scored nine while Cody Rea and Tim Lawrence added six each. Anthony Reece, M.J. Emery, and Brandon Davis, all had two. Michael Lawrence scored one.
The Rebels return to action Tuesday night at Weiner and then go to Bay Friday night for a key 3AA North Conference match-up.