Riverside hoped to find the cure for their struggling ways Friday night at "The Pit" in Lake City where the Rebels had not lost a conference game in over two years. But Maynard had different ideas as they outscored Riverside 40-24 in the second half to break open a close game en route to a 68-51 thumping of the Rebels.
Maynard opened the second half with a slim 28-27 lead, but scored the first six points of the quarter, four coming from 6'3" senior post player Mark Blackwell, who had sat out much of the first half with foul trouble. The Rebels mounted a comeback when senior point guard Tyler Timms nailed a trey and then came back with a 10-foot pull up jumper to pull Riverside to 33-32 with 4:44 left in the third quarter. The Tigers then went on a 9-0 run to grab a 42-32 lead with 2:30 left in the period. Michael Lawrence's put back basket with 1:59 left pulled the Rebels to 42-34 entering the final period.
The Tigers blew the game open, outscoring Riverside 13-1 in the first four minutes of the final period to take a commanding 55-35 lead. Maynard started their spurt when Mark Blackwell drove for a lay-up. Adam Blackwell hit a pair of free throws, then Nathan Barber, who led all scorers with 21 points, stole the ball and drove the length of the court for another lay-up. Adam Blackwell, who had eight points and 12 rebounds, scored from the inside before the Tigers hit 5-6 free throws, four coming from Barber, to push the lead to 20 points. Riverside's only point during the spree came on a Jordan Adcock free throw.
Maynard placed two other players in double figures as Trent Melton and Mark Blackwell scored 15 points apiece. The Tigers, who shot a dismal 3-17 in Tuesday night's 93-58 loss to BIC, hit 26-36 free throws against the Rebels. The Tigers had two three pointers on the night.
Riverside was led by Adcock who scored 18 points, including four treys. Timms finished with 11 points and five assists, while Glen Graham scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Cody Richardson had six points, Michael Lawrence netted three, while Garrett Weaver pitched in two to round out the Rebel attack. Riverside finished 10-16 from the charity stripe and nailed seven three pointers on the evening.
Riverside dropped to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in league play, while Maynard improved to 3-1 and 1-1 in the 3AA North Conference action.
"My hat is off to Maynard," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We got outplayed, out-hustled and out-coached tonight. When you shoot 16-50 you are not going to win any ball games. I would give one passing grade tonight, and that would be to Glen Graham. The rest of them, we will have to get a lot better or this is going to be a regular occurrence. They can face facts. We didn't get the ball inside enough, but we are going to work on that. I will take responsibility for that. Their horses outplayed our horses. We just got our butt kicked. We are 4-2 on the year but 0-6 on hustle compared to other teams. We haven't had a whipping like this at home in a long time. We just have to regroup and get better."
In junior high action, Riverside downed Maynard 42-28. Cameron Casey led the Rebels with 17 points. Brastain James scored eight points, Tyler Warhurst netted six, while Cody O'Guinn and Daniel McCormick pitched in four points each. Sam Elam had two points and Nick Bagley added one. Riverside was 3-6 from the free throw line and hit seven three pointers on the night, five of which came from Casey.
Maynard was led by Derek Waddell with 19 points. Maynard was 8-16 from the line and hit two three pointers.
The Junior Rebels improved to 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
Jordan Adcock scored 24 points and dished out five assists while Cody Richardson added 15 points and six rebounds as Riverside grabbed a 19 point halftime lead and then held on for a 69-61 win Tuesday night at Caraway. Riverside jumped to a 16-5 first quarter lead and stretched the margin to 42-23 at the half.
Brookland stormed back by outscoring Riverside 8-0 to start the third quarter and pulled within three before the Rebels regained control to pick up the win.
Garrett Weaver scored nine points, Michael Lawrence had eight points, five rebounds and five steals, Glen Graham had six points, Tyler Timms scored three points to go along with six assists, while Travis Mays and M.J. Emery netted two points each.
Brookland was led by Ryan Childers with 17 points while Patrick Farley and Cory Cope scored 11 and 10 points respectively.
In junior high action, Riverside squeezed out a 39-38 victory over Brookland. Tyler Warhurst led the Rebels with 11 points. Cameron Casey and Brastain James scored eight points each. Cody O'Guinn had four while Daniel McCormick, Nick Bagley, Josh Driver, and Sam Elam added two points each.
Brookland was led by Cody Edgar with 10 points.
Brookland won the seventh grade game 25-24. Riverside was led by Jake Love with nine points.
Riverside will return to action as they host Marmaduke Tuesday night at Lake City before traveling to Valley View on Friday night.