LAKE CITY -- It was one wild and crazy night Friday at Lake City as the Riverside Rebels came out smoking and then held off a fanatical rally by Maynard to come away with a 92-83 3AA North Conference victory over the Tigers.
The Rebels blistered the nets by hitting 17 of their first 22 shots and left the Tigers stunned by putting up 30 first quarter points.
The onslaught continued in the second period and with 5:56 left in the half, the Rebels had built a 21 point lead 40-19.
Dustin Kelems was an unstoppable force from the inside and sophomore Zac Reynolds scorched the nets from the outside. It seemed everything the Rebs threw up went in.
But Maynard came storming back and by the half had shaved the lead down to 49-35 as Daniel Cagle started to find the range for the Tigers.
The fun was just beginning s both teams went up and down the floor at a furious pace and Maynard got back in the game 68-58 after the third quarter, behind Maynard's top scorer Braden Watson who finished with 27 points to lead the Tiger attack.
Both teams saved the best for last as Maynard cut the Rebel lead to three on two occasions, but it was not enough. Riverside connected on key free throws down the stretch with the turning point coming when Daniel Cagle, who scored 19 points, picked up his fourth foul and then was whistled for a technical that sent him to the bench for the night.
With the score 74-69 and 4:39 on the clock, Reynolds connected on the 1 and 1 and added the two technical foul shots to make the scored 78-69 Riverside.
Maynard made one last charge and pulled to within 78-75 with 3:40 left after Watson made three free throws for the Tigers.
After trading baskets the rebels missed two free throws but Zack Ridge rebounded the second miss and scored to push the lead back to 82-77. From there Riverside took care of business at the line and beat Maynard for the third time in four tries.
Riverside improved to 13-14 overall and 6-6 in league play. Maynard falls to 22-9 overall and 7-6 in the 3AA-North.
"We got off to a slow start and Riverside seemed to hit every shot they attempted," said Tiger Coach Bob Harpole. "They shot inside, they shot outside, I don't know that our defense was that bad, you just have to give them all the credit," added Harpole.
"We didn't get any second shots, but that was due to Riverside. They just out shot us tonight. We played as hard as we could," concluded Harpole.
Joining Watson and Daniel Cagle in double figures for Maynard was Josh Cagle with 19 and Troy Davis with 11.
"We came out hot, but of course you can't keep that pace up. They're a good ball club and we knew they would make a couple of runs. We got a little tentative in the second half and played not to lose instead of to win," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell.
"Kelems had a big night and maybe this is Reynolds "break-out" game. He got the ball inside a lot better and had a lot of great assists. He also did a great job of running the show," added Campbell.
"This was a big win for our kids. They have played a tough schedule and lost a lot of close games. We are an eyelash from being at the top of the league. Who knows about this bunch, we may get turned on ad make some racket somewhere," concluded the Rebel head coach.
Kelems led four Rebels in double figures with a game high 30 points. Reynolds scored 26, Joe Ellis added 15, while Matt Owens chipped in with 11. Ridge had eight and Alex Smith added two.
In the Junior High contest Tyler Timms nailed three treys and scored 19 points in leading the Rebels to a 61-38 victory. Caleb McCluskey scored 10, Jordan Adcock had eight, M.J. Emery pitched in seven, Garrett Qualls had six, Cody Rea scored four, Jordan Phillips had three, while Michael Lawrence and Glenn Graham scored two each.
With the win, the Rebels improved to 19-4 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
Michael Blevins paced the Tigers with 11.