WALNUT RIDGE The Williams Baptist College Tournament may change its name to the Icicle Tournament after this year.
Icy weather and no electricity forced postponement for three days, but when action cranked back up the Riverside Rebels started making the most of it.
First, the Rebels took care of the Maynard Tigers in a wild offensive shootout 88-75.
Dustin Kelems and Matt Owens both posted double doubles to lead the Rebels into the semi-finals. Kelems had 23 points and 15 rebounds dominating the paint while Owens finished just two assists short of a triple double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. The Rebels had three other players in double figures with Shannon Timms scoring 14, Joe Ellis 13, and Zac Reynolds hit for 10 points to go along with 7 assists.
Branden Watson, pumped in a game high 33 points to lead Maynard while Josh Cagle scored 19 and Daniel Cagle 18.
"We played a strong offensive game and made some good passes," Riverside Coach Buster Campbell said. "Matt Owens played a very good all around game."
In the semifinals the Rebels blew an eight-point halftime lead then made a fourth quarter charge to win a thrilling 59-57 win over number one seed and previously unbeaten River Valley.
Zac Reynolds made the play of the game when he stole a Ranger pass and drove the length of the floor to score the game winning basket.
Then Matt Owens stole another River Valley pass and ran out the clock to secure the win and send the Rebels into the finals against rival Marmaduke.
"This is what these kids needed," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell.
"It's sweet, it's sweet," stated Campbell.
Campbell added his team was going to enjoy this victory and he hopes this will be the turning point for the Rebel season.
"We showed a lot of character after a horrendous third quarter, but we came back. It was a great ball game," Campbell said.
Matt Owens, who led the Rebels with 22 points, said he was proud of his team's effort.
"We beat a very good team tonight and did what we had to do to win," Owens said.
Owens concluded by saying Zac Reynolds made a great steal at the end and he happened to get one, too.
Alex Smith, who played a gritty defensive game, thought the difference was the Rebels' defense down the stretch. "We played a great fourth quarter," added Smith.
Reynolds, whose big steal sealed the win, scored 11, while Dustin Kelems and Joe Ellis had 7 each. Smith scored 6, Zach Ridge had 4 and Shannon Timms chipped in 2.
Junior Rebels defeat EPC
The Junior Rebels played last Tuesday night and came away with a 49-48 win over EPC.
Anthony Reece made a steal and drove for the game winning basket with :02 seconds left to lift the Junior Rebels.
Jordan Adcock led Riverside with 17 points while M.J. emery had a season high 14. Caleb McCluskey socred 8, Tyler Timms 6, and Tim Lawrence and Reece scored 2 each.
For the East Poinsett County, Kendre Joplin scored a game high 23 and Carl Porter poured in 14. Kedric Maddin had 5, Adam Chamberlain 3, Dee Hendrix 2 and J. Raines 1.