In a game of runs, Riverside outraced the Marmaduke Greyhounds 82-51 in 3AA North Conference action Tuesday night at "The Pit" in Lake City.
Riverside broke out of an early season slump by blistering the nets from long range throughout the game. The Rebels buried the Greyhounds with a three point barrage that started late in the third period and carried on through the first part of the final frame. Riverside hit an incredible eight straight treys to turn a 44-32 lead into a 62-44 advantage. The Rebels then went on 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 70-44 with 6:00 left in the game.
Sophomore Cody Richardson started the barrage with a three pointer at the 4:29 mark of the third quarter. Junior Jordan Adcock, who led the Rebels with 24 points, hit back to back treys, the second resulting in a four point play after he was fouled on his shot.
Senior Tyler Timms then nailed a long bomb from well beyond the three point arc to push the lead to 50-39. On Riverside's next possession, Adcock connected again from three point land before Richardson banged home back to back treys to finish off both the quarter and the Greyhounds as the Rebels took a 59-43 lead into the final quarter.
Nathan Haynes started the fourth period with a free throw to break the Rebel run before Adcock hit Riverside's eighth three pointer in a row to push the lead to 62-44 with 7:00 left in the game. The Rebels coasted the rest of the way to improve to 6-2 on the year and even their conference mark at 1-1.
Timms finished the night with 16 points while Richardson scored 14 and 6'7" sophomore Glen Graham added 10. Sophomore Garrett Weaver came off the bench to score nine, Michael Lawrence had seven, M.J. Emery netted two while Travis Mays added one for the Rebels. Adcock finished with three treys, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals. Timms, who had six assists, and Richardson who had five assists and three steals, nailed four treys apiece on the night.
Riverside finished the night 10-16 from the free throw line.
Marmaduke was led by Nathan Haynes who scored 20 points while Ben Jordan added 10, including three treys. The Greyhounds hit 10-19 from the foul line and had five three pointers on the evening.
Riverside led 23-16 after the first period, and pushed their lead to 30-19 before the Greyhounds went on an 11-0 run to tie the score at 30 late in the first half. Sparked by a technical foul against Greyhound Nathan Haynes whose shot had tied the score, the Rebels closed the half with a 7-0 run to take a 37-30 lead into the dressing room.
"I really thought we played well, even though the score doesn't indicate it," Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey said. "We came in knowing Riverside had been struggling, and our game plan was to shut down the inside, but what do they (Riverside) do? Richardson hits a couple of three's, Adcock hits one, and Timms bangs one from way out. I tell you, Riverside is pretty dang good when they are clicking. They have a good inside game and have good guards. I was proud of the way we battled back in the first half to tie it at 30, but then my player gets a technical and Riverside goes up 37-30 at the half and that hurt us. Then we battle back late in the third quarter, and cut a 15 point lead to eight, but we get lost defensively, and Riverside hit all those three's and it's over. But like I said, they are very good. I thought we played pretty well despite the score. We just have to get better defensively and we will. I was proud of my kids efffort tonight," concluded Richey.
"That was Riverside basketball," Rebel Coach Buster Campbell said. "We got up and down the floor, we shot well, we got it inside, kicked it out for three's, got some turnovers, and didn't turn it over as much. We still have a way to go, but this was by far our best effort of the year. Now we just have to build on that. The other night against Maynard we had trouble finding anyone who played well. Tonight we have trouble finding someone who didn't play well. This won't happen every night, but this should be the norm. We have two seniors, we are very young, so it will take time for us to gel. We've got several kids playing new positions. We are still going to have some rough spots simply because we have a tough schedule, but when we play like this, teams had better bring their lunch if they are going to beat us. We are not where we want to be yet, but we will be before it's all over," concluded Campbell.
Riverside traveled to Valley View Friday night and came away with a 52-44 victory over the Blazers in non-conference play.
Jordan Adcock led the Rebels with 15 points while Glen Graham added 13. Tyler Timms and Cody Richardson scored eight points apiece while M.J. Emery netted four points. Garret Weaver and Michael Lawrence added two points apiece.
Brian Bailey led Valley View with 15 points as the Blazers dropped their season opener.
Valley View led 8-7 after the first quarter and 28-24 at the half. Riverside battled back to take a 36-33 lead after three quarters and hit several key free throw down the stretch to put away the victory.
In junior high action, Riverside dropped a pair of games last week. The Rebels lost to Marmaduke 65-51 and then dropped a close 45-40 decision to Valley View.
Against Marmaduke, Riverside was led by Josh Driver who scored 15 points while Daniel McCormick added 14. Cameron Casey scored seven points, while Cody O'Guinn and Tyler Warhurst netted five points each. Nick Bagley had three while Brastain James pitched in two.
Justin Duke led Marmaduke with 16 points while Jacob Mason and Ray Taylor scored 15 and 12 points respectively.
Casey led the Rebels with nine points in the loss to Valley View. Three players scored seven points each: O'Guinn, McCormick, and Bagley. Warhurst had five points, Driver scored four while Dewayne Schrader added one point.
In seventh grade action, Riverside came away with a 23-21 win as Jake Love scored nine points and Josh Anderson had seven. Luke Moyer netted four points and Tyler Rolland pitched in three to round out the Rebel scoring attack.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Rivercrest for a non-conference engagement. The Rebels will then host rival Bay in a big 3AA North contest Friday night at Lake City. It will be Riverside's 2005 Homecoming game.