Riverside Rebels pick up homecoming win

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Riverside's Rebels clicked on all cylinders from start to finish and ran away with a 76-47 homecoming victory Friday night at Lake City.

Even when all-conference guard Matt Owens picked up his second personal foul three minutes into the game and went to the bench for the rest of the half, the red hot Rebels didn't miss a beat.

Juniors Zac Reynolds and Zack Ridge put on an impressive inside-outside scoring barrage as the Rebels built a 34-18 halftime lead.

In the second half, Owens came in and delivered the knockout blow by scoring a game high 23 points as the Rebels continued to pile up the lead.

Reynolds scored 19 points with a variety of shots, which consisted of long range treys and twisting jumpers.

Ridge completely dominated the inside with 18 points and eight rebounds in his most impressive performance of the year.

Rounding out the Rebel onslaught was Alex Smith who had six points and eight boards, Tim Lawrence with four points, M. J. Emery with three, Michael Dewitt with two, and Von McDaniel with one point.

Bay placed three players in double figures as Justin Hutchison led the way with 14, followed by Robbie Bollinger and Brett Hogan with 10 each. Sye Barnett scored five, Davey Webb added four, while Bart Hogan and Eric Roberts pitched in two apiece.

"We played good and they didn't," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "Everybody played well. These kind are fun. We moved the ball, got good looks and played good defense. We continued to play well even when Owens got in foul trouble. Getting the early lead made a big difference. Ridge makes a world of difference when he plays the way he did. I was proud of all of them," added Campbell.

Bay Coach Brandon Craig also praised the Rebels.

"They outshot us, their field goal percentage was unbelievable. If they missed a shot, they got their own rebound. The bottom line is we couldn(t get it done defensively. They shot lights out, out-rebounded us, game over," concluded Craig.

Riverside improves to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in 3AA North Conference play, while Bay drops to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The Rebels return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Leachville and battle arch rival Buffalo Island Center in a key conference match-up.

Bay travels to Maynard Tuesday as they resume conference action.

In junior high play, Riverside defeated the junior Jackets 59-48 behind Jordan Adcock's 19 points and 12 rebounds. Brandon Davis poured in 17 points, Michael Lawrence scored 10, Garrett Weaver added six, Caleb McCluskey scored five, and Glenn Graham added two.

Bay was led by Justin Hager and Tyrone Harris who had 14 each. Beau Hogan scored nine, Garrett Bollinger added seven, and Jerome Harris pitched in four.

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