(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Senior guards Cody Wells and Chase Shelton nailed two treys apiece while fellow senior P.J. Brumley added another as the Lions built a 16-11 first quarter lead over the shell-shocked Rebels.
Riverside pulled to 22-19 with 29 seconds left in the half when junior Jordan Adcock scored from the paint, but Brumley hit his second trey of the game with 6.6 seconds left in the half to put the Lions back up by six, 25-19, at intermission.
After Riverside pulled to 25-21 early in the third quarter, Shelton scored five straight points, including his third trey of the game, following back to back Rebel turnovers to give Manila a 30-21 lead with 6:01 left in the third quarter. The Lions built their lead to 14 points, 38-24, when Wells scored off a fast break with 3:47 left in the period. Riverside went on a 10-4 run and cut the lead to 42-34 with 14 seconds left in the third period, when sophomore Garrett Weaver hit a three pointer for the Rebels. A Kyle Misner free throw to end the third quarter coupled with Well's third trey of the game to start the fourth quarter helped the Lions build their lead back to 14, 46-34, with 5:21 left in the game.
Riverside could get no closer than nine the rest of the way in dropping to 3-1 on the season, while the Lions improved to 3-1 with the victory over their long time rival.
Wells led the Lions with a game high 26 points while Brumley also hit double figures for Manila with 14. Shelton finished with seven points, Misner added five, while Jackey Parker scored four. The Lions finished 10-14 from the charity stripe and had eight three pointers on the night.
Riverside was led by Adcock's 16 points and three steals. Glen Graham was the only other Rebel in double figures with 10. Tyler Timms had six points and five assists while Garrett Weaver also scored six points. Cody Richardson tallied five points while Michael Lawrence netted four points and a team high six rebounds. M. J. Emery added one point. Riverside was 3-7 from the free throw line and hit six three pointers. The Rebels also had a whopping 19 turnovers.
"We played better defense tonight and played harder," said Manila Head Coach Jeral Hudspeth. "I told our kids before the game, there is a difference between playing and competing. I thought we competed tonight. We disrupted Riverside's offense. Klye Misner and Chase Shelton did a super job on defense. Brumley did a super job on hitting shots and Cody Wells played one of the best overall games I have ever had a kid play. I told him (Wells) I had to have him in the game and he responded by not fouling, despite playing good defense. He didn't lose his composure at all and led us as a true point guard. He is an exciting player to coach and to watch."
"We've been getting away with murder the last three games," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "But not tonight. We are not scoring, not passing the ball, not making cuts to get open. We're just standing around. I don't know. We just aren't playing very well.
"We will snap out of it, but I am really disappointed in the team right now. We'll get better, we'll get there. It may take a little longer than I thought it would. We are not playing with any intensity, not rebounding, not playing good defensively. We talked about Wells. He is a good player, but we let him have 26. He earned some of them, but we let him start the game hot. I told our kids one of the keys was to not let him get looks early. We let him make threes and they were horse threes. We didn't have a hand in his face. We have got to get better and we will," concluded a disgruntled Campbell.
In the senior B game, Riverside pulled out a 29-28 win as Garrett Weaver scored 10 points to lead the Rebels. Riverside led 15-7 after the first quarter, 23-8 at the half, and 26-21 after three quarters. Michael Lawrence, Cody Richardson and Casey Hook all had six points for the Rebels, while Jacob Saffell added one. Riverside shot 3-11 from the charity stripe and hit four three pointers.
Manila was led by Ricky Langston with six points. Dustin Hobeck scored five points and Ross Malloy added four. Jace Elkins, Hunter Veach, and Adam Blum added three apiece, while Tony Benham and Trey McCormick scored two each.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night with a non-conference tilt against Brookland at Caraway before opening 3AA North Conference play Friday night at Lake City against Maynard.
Manila will travel to Bay for a Tuesday night non-conference game and will hit the road for another non-conference game Friday night against defending State Champion Buffalo Island Central at Monette.