CARAWAY Buffalo Island Central used a barrage of three-pointers and ice cold shooting from their rival Riverside Rebels to post a decisive 68-52 victory Tuesday night in a key 3AA North Conference game at Caraway.
The Mustangs remained unbeaten overall as well as in conference play in front of a packed Rebels' den by using a smothering defense to snuff out any Riverside threat.
The game started slowly with the Rebels holding their only two leads of the game at 2-0 and 6-5, but when Mark Hawkins hit one of BIC's nine trey's, the Mustangs never trailed again. After finishing with a slim 12-6 first quarter lead, BIC stretched things out to 29-14 by the half.
"We got kicked every way you can think of. They just kicked us," Rebel Coach Buster Campbell said. "You name it, they did it. We just didn't show much heart to get beat on the boards like we did. They just wanted it more than us, that's all I can say," added the Rebel head coach.
Things didn't get any better for Riverside in the second half as Brandon Ballard, who led the Mustangs with 18 points, began to assert himself. Ballard scored inside and outside as BIC led by as many as 25 points.
"We feel very fortunate to get out of Riverside with a win," said Mustang Coach Bill Taylor. We didn't shoot especially well early, but hit big shots when we had to. When you play the Rebels the records of the teams can be thrown out. I'm just thrilled to get out of here with a victory going into the Thanksgiving bread," added the Mustang Coach.
"As far as my team goes, I thought we rebounded really well, especially on the offensive boards. We seemed to lack a killer instinct in the second half when we started trading baskets," Taylor concluded.
"We lacked a little bit of effort on defense," Ballard said. "I didn't think we showed the energy we needed, but we played hard enough to win," said the Mustang sophomore.
The Rebels, who fell to 4-7 overall, and 2-2 in league play, had three players in double figures. Joe Ellis led Riverside with 11, while Alex Smith and Dustin Kelems scored 10 each. Rounding out the Rebel scoring was Michael Dewitt with 7, Matt Owens 6, Zack Reynolds 3, and Zac Ridge and Matt Snyder with 2 each. Von McDaniel scored 1.
BIC, who remained a perfect 13-0 overall and 5-0 in league play, was led by Ballard's 18 and Brooks Taylor with 14. Josh Shepard and Cal Rose hite for 9 each. Mark Tegans scored 7, Mark Hawkins 6, Josh Nettles 4, and Kenny Garrett added 1 to pace a balanced BIC attack.
In Junior High action, BIC remained undefeated with a 30-25 win over Riverside.
The Mustangs improved to a perfect 11-0.
Hunter Smith's four three pointers led the junior Mustangs with 12 points. Cord Rose scored 9, Derek Rolland hit for 6 and Larry Reed finished with 3.
Riverside was led by Tyler Timms with 11. Jordan Adcock scored 6, Tim Lawrence had 4, and Cody Rea and M.J. Emery pitched in 2 each for the 9-2 junior Rebels.