Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside used a 21-0 first half spurt to erase an early deficit, lifting the Rebels to a 68-47 victory over Brookland in non-conference basketball action Tuesday night at Lake City.
The Rebels came into the game reeling from back to back heartbreaking losses to Weiner and Manila, but took out their frustration on the Bearcats,led by Glen Graham's 25 point, 12 rebound performance, as Riverside improved to 3-2 on the season.
Brookland held an early 11-8 advantage when Bobby Swan hit a three pointer with 1:40 to go in the opening quarter. Glen Graham started Riverside's 21 point barrage with an offensive stick-back, and then completed the three point play by sinking his free throw to tie the score 11-11 at the 1:10 mark. Graham came right back with another offensive stick-back to put the Rebels ahead to stay, 13-11. Garrett Weaver's trey with one second left in the quarter gave Riverside their tenth straight point and an 18-11 first period lead.
Weaver opened the second quarter with back to back lay-ups to continue the Rebel onslaught, and when Graham drove the lane for two with 4:32 to play in the half, Riverside held a commanding 29-11 lead. Riverside carried a 42-22 lead into the dressing room despite three consecutive treys by the Bearcats to close out the first half.
Brookland hit two more treys to open the third quarter, but could get no closer than 16 points as the Rebels broke a two game slide.
"We had a much better effort tonight," Riverside Coach Buster Campbell said. "Big 'un (Glen Graham) and Adcock (Jordan) both played well tonight and stayed out of foul trouble. People might be writing us off a little prematurely, but we will be alright. We are young in different spots and we are historically a slow starting team. We want to be playing good in February, and we will get there. I really liked their attitude this week after the loss to Manila. I thought we had a real hard-nosed practice yesterday, and I think it really showed up tonight. We have some things we have to get better at, but I'm confident we're going to get there. We rebounded extremely well tonight and cut down on our turnovers. Our big guys all rebounded well and that's what we have to do every night. We got the ball inside to Graham, and we were able to knock down some outside shots."
Joining Graham in double figures was Weaver, who finished with 18 points, while Jordan Adcock had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Michael Lawrence scored six points and also pulled down eight boards. Caleb McCluskey tallied three points while Cody Richardson and Cameron Casey netted two points apiece. Casey Hook dished out five assists while Graham blocked five shots. The Rebels finished the night 9-10 from the foul stripe and hit three treys on the evening.
Ray Akin was the only Bearcat in double figures. The 5'9" point guard scored 11 points, including three treys. Dustin Williams pitched in eight points. Brookland finished 4-11 from the foul line but hit nine three pointers on the night.
In junior high action, Riverside won a hard fought 50-43 victory over the Bearcats. Daniel McCormick led three Rebels in double figures with 17 points. Sam Elam scored 12 points while Blake Hogan added 10 more. Dewayne Schrader scored four points, Josh Anderson netted three, while Josh Driver and Jake Love added two points apiece. The Rebels finished 9-14 from the foul line and hit three treys on the night. With the win, Riverside moves to 7-1 on the season.
Brett Bloodworth scored 17 points while Adam Shipman added 14 to pace the Bearcats, who hit only 5-13 free throws.
Riverside held a 16-13 first period advantage and stretched their lead to 29-19 at the half. The Rebels entered the fourth quarter with 41-33 lead.
Riverside versus Armorel
The Rebels traveled to Armorel Friday night and took three of the four games played as the senior and junior boys as well as the senior girls were triumphant over the Tigers.
Riverside's senior boys rolled over the Tigers 64-40 to improve their record to 4-2 on the season.
Riverside broke the game open with a 22-6 second quarter explosion to take a 39-18 lead into the dressing room at halftime. The Rebels increased their lead to 59-31 after three quarters.
Glen Graham recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Adcock also produced a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Garrett Weaver scored 17 points and dished out five assists as the Rebels placed three players in double digits. Michael Lawrence had six points and seven boards, Casey Hook tallied five points, Caleb McCluskey netted three points to go along with five assists, while Cody O'Guinn rounded out the Rebel attack with two points.
In junior high action, the Rebels increased their season record to 8-1 with a 53-30 victory over the Junior Tigers. Riverside had 11 players get into the scoring column, led by Sam Elam, Austin Davis and Cody Stallings with eight points apiece. Blake Hogan had seven points, Colton Puckett netted six points, Jared Bauer tallied five, Jacob Love and Dewayne Schrader scored four apiece, while Chris Hood added three. Bryan Poe and Bradley Fletcher added two points each.
In senior girls action, the Lady Rebels placed three players in double figures in a 74-36 win over the Lady Tigers. Riverside, now 3-1 on the season, was led by Katey Campbell, who scored 16 points while Brianna Driver and Marisa Johnson scored 14 and 13 points respectively. Johnson also pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Kailey Holt and Kelsey Turner scored nine points apiece.
Riverside led 17-12 after the first quarter and held a 38-19 halftime advantage. The Lady Rebels took a 53-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Armorel avoided a sweep by taking the junior high contest 31-24.
The Lady Rebels will return to action Monday night as they host Brookland at Lake City while both the boys and girls teams will travel to Turrell Friday night for the conference opener.