Buster Campbell's Riverside Rebels got off to a good start to the 2005-2006 basketball season with a pair of wins last week over Armorel and Izard County Consolidated. The Rebels opened their season with a heart stopping 54-52 win against Armorel Friday night at Caraway. Riverside came back the next morning and routed ICC 58-40 at Evening Shade.
In the season opener, Riverside found themselves in a dog fight with the Armorel Tigers. The Rebels led 11-9 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to seven points, 25-18, by halftime. But Armorel rallied in the third period, outscoring the Rebels 18-12, to pull within one point, 37-36, entering the final frame.
Riverside trailed by two points when junior Jordan Adcock rain-bowed a long three pointer to give the Rebels the lead for good. Adcock added another three pointer inside the 1:00 mark to ice the game away and give the Rebels the non-conference victory.
Six foot seven sophomore center Glen Graham led Riverside with 17 points and nine rebounds. Senior point guard Tyler Timms also had a big night, scoring 14 points, including three treys. Timms also had six rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Adcock finished the night with nine points and five rebounds. Sophomore Garrett Weaver came off the bench to score eight points and also had four steals. Junior Brandon Davis scored four points while sophomore Cody Richardson added two to round out the Rebel attack. Riverside was 11-18 from the free throw line and nailed six three pointers on the evening.
Tyler Brooks and Blake Belford paced the Tiger attack with 16 and 11 points respectively. Armorel finished 10-15 from the charity stripe and hit four three pointers on the night.
"I told Armorel Coach Charlie Brown that his team outplayed us and out-coached us," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "I thought they probably deserved to win the game. We had several chances to put the game away. We just couldn't get it done. We still have a lot of work to do. But you have to give Armorel credit. They are scrappy and make you work. They can hit their shots. We won't see anyone play man defense better than they did. We just had more fire power than they did or we wouldn't have gotten by with this one tonight."
Riverside traveled to the gym that Burt Reynolds built on Saturday morning and came away with a convincing 58-40 win over the ICC Cougars. The Rebels used a smothering defense to stifle any thought the Cougars had of pulling off a victory. When the dust had settled, Riverside came away with 13 steals on the day.
Riverside held a slim 12-10 lead after the first quarter, but then outscored the Cougars 26-7 to blow the game open in taking a 34-17 halftime lead. Riverside led 45-32 entering the final period and coasted to their second win without a defeat.
The Rebels were led in scoring by Jordan Adcock, who had 16 points, including three treys. Garrett Weaver came off the bench and bombed three treys en route to 13 points. Glen Graham had 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Cody Richardson also came off the bench and sparked the Rebels early with his tenacious defense, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds and five steals. Tyler Timms had six points and a team high six assists, while M.J. Emery scored two points and Brandon Davis added one. The Rebels finished 12-18 from the free throw line and nailed 10 three pointers on the day. Riverside also out-rebounded the Cougars 31-28.
ICC was paced by Clark Corkis who finished with 12 points. The Cougars were 11-21 from the foul line but only hit one three pointer on the day.
In junior high action, Riverside dropped their opener, losing to Armorel 42-26. The Rebels led 7-6 after the first quarter, but fell behind 18-11 by the half. Armorel stretched their lead to 23-14 entering the final period of play, before outscoring Riverside 19-12 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Riverside was led by Shaun Boatman and Tyler Warhurst with five points each. Cameron Casey and Nick Bagley scored three points apiece. The Rebels had five players with two points each: Brastain James, Cody O(Guinn, Daniel McCormick, Josh Driver, and Jared Bauers. The Rebels shot only two free throws, making both, and hit five three pointers.
Armorel was led by Kyle Cassidy who had a game high 16 points.
In seventh grade action, Riverside downed Armorel 26-14 behind Jake Love's 16 points. Chris Hood scored six while Tyler Rolland pitched in four to round out the Rebel scoring.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night against Weiner at Lake City. The Rebels will travel to Manila Friday night for a big non-conference showdown.