Riverside torched the nets with a 9-11 performance in the fourth quarter as the Rebels blew open a tight game, defeating Manila 62-43 Tuesday night in senior boys non-conference basketball action at Caraway.
The Rebels held a slim 40-35 lead entering the final quarter but pulled away by hitting three of their four shots from beyond the three point arc while going six for seven within the paint. Riverside finished the night connecting on 42 percent of their three pointers, going 8-19, while hitting a blistering 15-20 of their two point attempts for a red hot 77 percent. For the night, Riverside finished 23-39 from the field, good for 61 percent of their shots.
The Lions also shot well from the field but couldn't match the Rebel's torrid shooting display. Manila shot a respectable 41 percent from the field while hitting 43 percent of their three point attempts, connecting on 5-13 from beyond the arc.
Riverside outscored Manila 22-8 in the decisive fourth quarter as the Rebels used a combination of three pointers and the strong inside play of junior Jordan Adcock and 6'7" sophomore Glen Graham. But it was the hot outside shooting by the Rebels, led by sophomore guard Garrett Weaver, that opened up the inside game and frustrated the Lions defensively.
Graham started the fourth quarter with a strong inside move and then Adcock followed up with a three pointer to give Riverside a 45-35 lead with 6:21 to go in the game. Riverside built their lead to 53-39 with 2:56 remaining when Weaver drilled his sixth trey of the night to put the game on ice.
It was Manila who started the game off by scorching the nets in the opening quarter as they hit four consecutive three pointers in building a 12-10 lead. After a Graham free throw, Weaver connected with his first three of the night with 44 seconds left in the quarter to put Riverside up 14-12. Senior Jackey Parker stuck in an offensive rebound to knot the score 14-14 after the first period.
The Lions scored the first four points of the second period to grab an 18-14 lead before the Rebels battled back behind a couple of three pointers from senior point guard Tyler Timms and Weaver. Riverside trailed 23-22 with less than 2:00 left in the half when sophomore Cody Richardson intercepted an errant Lion pass and streaked the length of the court for the lay-up to give the Rebels a 24-23 advantage at the 1:41 mark. Weaver's buzzer beater from beyond the three point arc put the Rebels up 27-24 at the half.
Manila stayed within striking distance throughout the third quarter as Chase Shelton and Dustin Hobeck scored all of the Lions' points. A Weaver trey gave Riverside a 40-31 lead with 2:12 left in the period but Manila scored the last four points as the quarter ended with Riverside leading 40-35.
Weaver and Adcock led the Rebels with 20 points apiece. Adcock also dished out five assists, most of them going to Graham as the two worked well together throughout the night on the inside. Graham finished with 11 points and seven rebounds while Richardson tallied six points. Timms scored five and dished out a team high 10 assists.
Manila was paced by Hobeck who scored 14 points while Shelton tacked on 11. Parker finished with nine points before leaving the game late in the third quarter when he took a hard spill and was unable to return. Hunter Veach netted five points while Kyle Misner and Ross Malloy added two points apiece. Manila was only able to get to the free throw line for six attempts and made just one.
"I thought we really played well for three and a half quarters," said Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth. "But the last part of the fourth quarter I thought the tiredness set in. We started making poor decisions. But I am proud of them. We have come a long way. As far as a team, we play all for one and one for all. I am proud of that fact. We are maximizing about as much as we can maximize. Riverside is a great shooting team. They have a chance of going a long way if they can get it together."
"We really played well in the second half," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "Manila shot the ball real well in the first half. They haven't won a lot of games but Coach Hudspeth will always have them prepared and they have played a lot of close games. They did a good job on Graham (Glen) until we adjusted. Weaver (Garrett) had a great shooting night. Tyler (Timms) did a good job distributing the ball and ran the show well. Jordan (Adcock) had one of his better games, flashing to the post. Everyone had their good moments. I am tickled. It was a good effort."
In Senior B action, Riverside came away with a 43-35 victory. Michael Lawrence paced the Rebels with 12 points while Caleb McCluskey tacked on nine. Cody Richardson scored eight, Casey Hook tallied seven, Bradley Tucker netted four, while Jacob Saffell added three to round out the Rebel attack.
Devin Wright led Manila with 12 points while Ross Malloy scored seven. Hunter Veach had five, Jace Elkins, Adam Bloom, and Trey McCormick contributed three points apiece, while Gary Tyler added two.
Manila will return to action as they participate in the District Tournament February 13-18 at Harrisburg.
Riverside will open District Tournament play Monday night as they play Rector in an 8:00 match-up at Marmaduke. If the Rebels win, they will meet Walnut Ridge Wednesday night at 5:00 with a trip to the Regional Tournament on the line.