Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside rallied from an 11 point third quarter deficit to post a 48-46 victory over Buffalo Island Central in the finals of the Marmaduke Junior High Invitational Tournament Saturday afternoon at Marmaduke.
BIC jumped to an 11-5 first period lead and stretched their advantage to 26-14 at the half. The Mustangs took a 39-28 lead into the final quarter, but the Rebels outscored BIC 20-7 in the final period to take home the championship.
"We couldn't handle the pressure. We had too many turnovers. We were having trouble with their press, but when Cody Smith fouled out in the fourth quarter we couldn't handle the pressure at all," BIC Head Coach Bill Taylor said, whose team fell to 3-1 on the season.
Blake Hogan scored a game high 17 points to pace the Rebels while Dewayne Schrader chipped in nine. Jake Love and Sam Elam scored eight points apiece while Daniel McCormick added six to round out the Rebel attack.
BIC placed three players in double figures, led by Heath Hawkins who scored a team high 13 points. Smith scored 12 points before fouling out with about 5:00 left in the game, while Matt Taylor also hit double digits with 11 points. Brandon Atkeison had seven points while Ben Cole added three.
BIC reached the finals by knocking off Delaplaine in the first round by a score of 50-8, and then defeated Manila in the semi-finals 48-34.
BIC placed 11 players in the scoring column in their 42 point victory over the Junior Indians, led by Heath Hawkins who finished with 10 points. Cody Smith scored eight, Ben Cole netted seven, Adrian Mondragon scored six points while Brandon Atkeison, Matt Taylor, and Weslan Colbert had four points apiece. Hunter Keiter, Dalton Womack and Drey Crabtree scored two points each while Isaac Ibanez added one.
In the Mustang's victory over Manila, Cody Smith poured in a game high 21 points while Taylor added 11 to lead the BIC assault. Hawkins, Atkeison, Cole, and Colbert all had three points each while Jeremy Smith and Dominick Marquez finished with two points each. The Mustangs held a 34-15 halftime advantage en route to the 12 point victory.
Blake Wheeler paced Manila with 10 points while Tracy Reinhart and Dylan Hill scored six points each. Garrett Scott netted four points while Zach Birmingham, Seth Towles, Brent Ray, and Spencer Cain all added two points apiece.