Sweet revenge came Friday night at Lake City in Riverside's last home game of the regular season as the Rebels avenged two earlier season losses to Marmaduke by whipping the Greyhounds 70-43 in 3AA North Conference action.
Marmaduke had beaten Riverside at Marmaduke in the Rebels second conference game of the season on November 9th, and then lost a double overtime heartbreaker in the quarter-finals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
The third time was the charm for the Rebels as they built up as much as a 31 point lead in the fourth quarter behind a balanced scoring attack led by Zac Reynolds' triple double in his last home game of his career. Reynolds scored 15 points, dished out 10 assists, and snatched 10 steals while sophomore Jordan Adcock also scored 15 points in addition to grabbing five rebounds.
The Rebels jumped to an 18-11 first quarter lead and stretched their margin to 36-19 at intermission. Riverside built their lead to 22 points after three quarters, 57-35. Early in the fourth quarter Reynolds hit back to back 30 foot bombs to put the Rebels up by 23 and from then on all that remained was the final margin of the Riverside victory.
Joining Reynolds and Adcock in double figures for Riverside was M.J. Emery who scored 11 points, while three other Rebels came within two points of double digits. Tyler Timms scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out six assists. Brandon Davis came off the bench to score nine points to go along with six boards and three steals, while senior captain Zach Ridge finished his Rebel home career with eight points. Rounding out the Rebel attack was Caleb McCluskey with two points and Cody Rea who netted one. The Rebels finished the night 14-21 from the charity stripe and nailed seven treys on the evening.
Marmaduke was led by John Clark who scored 12 points and Dane Boggs who had 10 points before fouling out in the second half. Marmaduke hit 13-21 from the foul line and hit four treys on the night as the Greyhounds fell to 22-13 overall and 7-7 in league action.
"I was pretty pleased with our defensive effort, despite the score," said Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey. "We didn't give up. It hurt us when Clark (John) dislocated his finger and Boggs (Dane) fouled out. We got down 19 early in the third quarter and then Reynolds (Zac) hit those back to back bombs and there(s not much you can do about that. He is an explosive offensive player. Riverside had everything going for them tonight. They played extremely well. We never could get going or get on any kind of a roll. But Riverside had a lot to do with that."
"I am very happy," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "This was probably our most complete game of the year. Marmaduke has a very good team. They have won 22 games and were the runner up in the tough Kell Classic. We played well both offensively and defensively. We rebounded well and got a lot of fast break points off our rebounds and steals. Zac Reynolds had a great game getting a triple double. We got on the boards good and got on their shooters. I thought everyone played well. Tyler (Timms) stuck some threes. M.J. Emery had a real good game and Jordan Adcock played very well also. It was just a great team effort tonight."
In junior high action, Riverside clinched the 3AA North Conference Championship with a convincing 48-32 victory over the Greyhounds. The championship marked the second straight year the Rebels have claimed the league crown.
Garrett Weaver paced the Rebels with 17 points while Glen Graham scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked five shots. Cody Richardson scored 11 points, had eight boards and dished out five assists while Travis Mays netted four points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Bradley Tucker scored two points while Casey Hook added one to finish off the Rebel attack. Riverside ( 22-2, 13-1 3AA North) hit 11-15 free throws and hit one three pointer on the night.
Trent Smith led Marmaduke with 12 points as the Greyhounds dropped to 18-8 overall and 11-3 in league play to finish second behind the Rebels. The Greyhounds were 11-19 from the foul line and hit two treys on the night.
Marmaduke led 11-9 after the first quarter and 20-17 at the half before the Rebels outscored the Hounds 12-1 in the third quarter to take a 29-21 lead entering the final period of play.
In the seventh grade game, Riverside downed Marmaduke 32-20 behind Sam Elam and Jared Bauer who scored eight points apiece. Daniel McCormick had six points, Dewayne Schrader scored five, Bradley Fletcher netted three, while Austin Davis added two points for the Rebels.
Marmaduke was led by Jacob Nolen and Tyler McDowell who scored six points each.
Riverside will return to action next week as they travel to Manila on Tuesday night and Pocahontas on Friday night.
The Junior Rebels will open defense of their district championship as the number one seed Monday night as they will face Bay in an 8:15 game.