Rebels Shoot Down Rockets in Region 4 Tournament
Jordan Adcock and Garrett Weaver combined for 47 points while Tyler Timms dished out 13 assists as the Riverside Rebels clicked on all cylinders in dismantling the Turrell Rockets 73-54 Thursday to advance to a semi-final showdown with arch-rival Buffalo Island Central in the Region 4 Tournament at Earle.
Adcock drained five treys as the Rebels scorched the nets, hitting 54 percent of their shots, including 66 percent from inside the three point arc. Turrell shot blanks for most of the night, hitting a miserable 30 percent from the field as they made just 17-56 field goal attempts.
Riverside jumped to an 18-10 first quarter lead as the Rebels outscored Turrell 7-0 to end the period. Glen Graham, Riverside's 6'7" sophomore center, scored eight points from close range while Adcock hit from the outside, scoring eight of his own as the Rebels began to pull away.
Riverside blew the game open in the second quarter by outscoring the Rockets 17-4 to take a 35-14 lead into the dressing room at intermission.
Turrell attempted a comeback in the third period behind the hot outside shooting of Derris Hopkins, who scored 14 points in the quarter. Hopkins drained a three pointer with 5:51 left in the third period to cut the Rebel lead to 39-25, but Riverside finished the quarter on top 51-33.
The Rebels built their lead to as much as 24 points in the final period and coasted into Friday night's semi-final showdown with Buffalo Island Central, in a game that will determine who will advance to next week's State Tournament at Jessieville.
Cody Richardson also hit double figures for the Rebels, finishing with 11 points, while Graham finished one point short of a double-double, scoring nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Michael Lawrence had five points while Nathan Eldridge added one. Riverside finished 17-28 from the foul line and hit six treys on the night.
Hopkins led all scorers with 33 points. The Rockets finished 12-18 from the foul line and nailed eight treys on the evening, five by Hopkins.
"We did a good job on the boards, shot the ball well, and got the ball inside," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "I thought it was a good game. Turrell is not a bad ball club. We talked about not letting them get stick backs and we did a good job of that. I thought everyone played well tonight. We were able to get Glen and Tyler some rest. It was just a good effort by everyone. We did everything well. It's a good time to be playing well. This is where you try to get to all year. We are one step away from going to the big one, so we'll see what happens."
"We didn't come ready to play the first half," said Turrell Coach Jerry Dority. "In the second half we went man to man and made a little run, but we would do something stupid and they (Riverside) made a run back on us. But I guess that is a sign of a good team. We didn't show up tonight. I was very disappointed. They beat us at our own game."