Town Crier Sports Staff
Playing Marmaduke has been the anecdote Riverside has needed each time the Rebels have found themselves ailing this season. Riverside rolled over the Greyhounds Nov. 8, four nights after being dismantled by Maynard on their own home floor. The Rebels then dispatched of the Greyhounds in the semi-finals of the Williams Baptist Tournament, igniting Riverside to the first of their three tournament titles so far this season. Hopefully, Friday night's 79-67 victory over the Greyhounds will once again spark the Rebels, who have been in a second half slump since winning the NEA Championship in late December.
Glen Graham bullied his way for 24 points and 18 rebounds while Tyler Timms pumped in 14 points and dished out seven assists to pace five Rebels in double figures as Riverside clinched the fifth seed in the upcoming 3AA North District Tournament beginning Feb. 13 at Marmaduke. M.J. Emery pumped in a season high 12 points while Jordan Adcock and Garrett Weaver also hit double digits with 12 points apiece.
Timms' 12 foot jumper gave the Rebels a 14-10 lead with 2:17 left in the first quarter before Greyhound Chris Foresythe scored eight straight points, including two long range three pointers, as Marmaduke grabbed an 18-14 lead after the first quarter.
Foresythe gave Marmaduke their biggest lead of the night when he drained his third triple to begin the second period, putting the Greyhounds up 21-14. Riverside looked to be in further trouble when Timms picked up his third foul at the 5:16 mark to join Adcock, who was already on the bench with three fouls. But Emery nailed two big three pointers and junior Michael Lawrence came off the bench to score four points from the inside as the Rebels battled back to tie the score 30-30 with 1:42 left in the half. Trent Smith gave the Greyhounds a 32-30 halftime lead as he drove the baseline for the final two points of the first half.
Marmaduke built their lead to 36-32 with 5:37 to go in the third quarter when Smith connected again from the inside, only to see Emery bring the Rebels back when he scored and was fouled at the 5:02 mark. Emery's free throw completed the three point play and pulled the Rebels within one. After a Greyhound miss, Emery was fouled and gave the Rebels the lead for good, 37-36, as he converted on two free throws with 4:14 to go. Adcock's three point play pushed the Rebel margin to 40-36. Foresythe brought the Greyhounds to as close as they would get, 40-39, when he drained his fifth trey of the night with 3:25 left in the quarter.
Graham gave the Rebels some breathing room when he grabbed an offensive board, hit the stick back, and was fouled. Graham's free throw pushed the Rebel lead to 43-39. Weaver nailed a three pointer to give the Rebels a seven point margin, and when Timms hit another trey with 53.6 seconds left in the third quarter, the Rebels had their biggest lead, 52-41. Marmaduke cut the lead to single digits when Neal Thrash drained a three pointer, but Graham's inside bucket with one second to go gave the Rebels a 54-44 lead entering the final quarter.
Riverside kept their double digit lead throughout the fourth quarter and put the game away from the foul line down the stretch as the Rebels improved to 21-10 overall and 6-8 in league play. The loss drops Marmaduke to 16-16 overall and 5-9 in conference action.
Lawrence finished the night with four points while Cody Richardson added one. The Rebels finished 19-31 from the foul line and drained eight three pointers on the night.
Trent Smith scored 15 points, Justin Ward netted 11 while Thrash finished with 10 to round out the Greyhound attack. Marmaduke was 13-25 from the line and banged home 10 treys on the night.
"I think the slump is over," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We had five guys in double figures. We really played well in the second half. We shot the ball better. I think we were 4-7 on three's in the second half. I thought M.J. (Emery) played his best game of the year. He stuck some three's and hit some big free throws. But that is what seniors are supposed to do, play big in big games, and both of ours (Emery and Timms) did that tonight. Glen Graham had a monster game. I was really worried when Tyler (Timms) and Jordan (Adcock) both got in foul trouble early. That is very unusual for them. I thought we kept our heads when Marmaduke was shooting the ball so well early in the game. We talked about penetration and we really did a good job of attacking and going to the hole tonight. We stepped our defense up in the second half. Marmaduke doesn't have a true post player and they present problems for you from the outside, plus they all like to drive to the hole. It was a nice win and everyone contributed," concluded Campbell.
"We shot the ball well," said Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey. "In the first half I thought we did a good job on Graham and kept them from hitting perimeter shots, except for a couple by Weaver. But the second half, their other shooters started to hit and it opened up things for Graham. You have to give Graham credit, he worked a lot harder for the basket in the second half, plus we didn't do as good a job double teaming him. Foresythe (Chris) came in and gave us a good spark. He gets the crowd and the kids energized. We missed 12 free throws and we lose by 12. If we were a better free throw shooting team, we would have four or five more wins this year. But the truth is, we're not a very good free throw shooting team."
Riverside started the week with a 57-37 victory at Piggott. Glen Graham poured in 26 points while Jordan Adcock and Garrett Weaver pitched in 10 apiece to lead the Rebels in scoring. Tyler Timms scored five points, dished out 10 assists, and came away with three steals, while Cody Richardson had four points and Michael Lawrence added two.
Riverside shot a blistering 17-19 from two point range and finished 22-36 overall from the field. The Rebels were 8-13 from the foul line and finished with five three pointers.
T.J. Harris paced Piggott with 17 points. The Mohawks made only 13-33 from the field, including a 3-10 performance from beyond the three point arc. Piggott finished 5-8 from the charity stripe.
The Rebels trailed 13-10 after the first quarter and saw Piggott take a 24-20 lead into the dressing room at the half. Riverside rallied to take a 32-30 lead after three quarters and exploded in the fourth period, outscoring the Mohawks 25-7 to blow the game open.
In junior high action, Riverside dropped a pair of decisions, losing to conference champion Piggott, 57-22 and Marmaduke 50-32.
Shaun Boatman paced the Rebels with seven points in the loss to Piggott. Jared Bauers scored five points, Cody O'Guinn netted four, Brian Poe tallied three, Daniel McCormick chipped in two while Chad Olive added one. Riverside shot a paltry 4-15 from the foul line and made three treys.
Piggott was led by Casey Booth and Daniel Baldwin who scored 10 points each. The Mohawks were 7-10 from the foul line and made six three pointers on the night. Piggott raced to a 15-6 first quarter lead and held a 32-13 halftime advantage. The Mohawks stretched their lead to 46-16 entering the final quarter.
Daniel McCormick nailed three treys while finishing with 13 points to lead the Rebels against Marmaduke. Tyler Warhurst also hit double digits with 10 points. Jake Love scored four, Cody O'Guinn and Josh Driver netted two apiece while Shaun Boatman added one.
Jacob Mason and Justin Duke led the Greyhounds with 13 points each while Tyler Decker added 11 more. Marmaduke bolted to a 21-2 first period advantage and held a 31-14 halftime lead. Marmaduke led 39-23 after three quarters.
The Rebels closed their seventh grade season, dropping a 29-18 decision to Piggott. Chris Hood scored 16 points while Jake Emery added two to lead the Rebels.
Riverside will close their regular season with a pair of non-conference games this week. The Rebels will play host to Manila at Caraway before facing Pocahontas Friday at Lake City for Senior night. Both non-conference games will be Senior A and B contests.
The Junior Rebels will play at Monette in the Junior District Tournament which runs from Feb. 6-11.