Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside jumped on Rector early and never let up as the Rebels rolled to an easy 65-37 3AA Conference victory over the Cougars Tuesday night at Caraway.
The Rebels exploded out of the gates, scoring the game's first 14 points behind a balanced offensive attack as four different Rebels got into the scoring column. Rector finally got on the board at the 1:55 mark of the opening period on a basket by Derek Wyss.
Riverside closed the quarter with a 19-4 lead and continued their onslaught as Cody Richardson scored 10 second quarter points, helping the Rebels build a 35-8 lead with 1:36 left in the first half. Rector closed the half with a 5-0 run, but the Rebels still held a commanding 35-13 halftime lead.
Riverside went to its bench in the second half and the Cougars clawed their way back behind the scoring of Jackie Graham and Jace Speer, trimming the Rebel advantage to 38- 25 with 1:31 left in the third period. Riverside Coach Buster Campbell re-inserted his starters and the Rebels took control again, building the lead back to 17 as they closed the third quarter up 42-25.
Garrett Weaver opened the fourth quarter with a three point bomb, and when the 5'10" junior connected on another trey at the 3:00 mark, the Rebels led 57-32. Riverside's bench closed the game out as the Rebels improved to 5-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play.
The Rebels placed three players in double figures led by Richardson's 17 points. Weaver finished with 14 while 6'8" junior Glen Graham pitched in 11.
"We played like we are capable of playing," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell. "We haven't been doing that. The key to our start was defense and rebounding. How good we get at that will determine how far we go. We have had some guys that haven't been shooting as well as they are capable, but you can make up for that with defense and rebounding. I thought the key to the first half was the way we dominated the boards. We had several stick-backs. I was pleased with our effort. Cody Richardson played well. He went to the hole, made good decisions, and played good defense, and he is athletic as heck. He has a chance to be a really good player. Glen Graham made some good moves. It was a team effort and a good night for us."
Michael Lawrence scored eight points, Jordan Adcock netted seven, Casey Hook tallied four, while Shaun Boatman and Nick Bagley added two points apiece to round out the Rebel attack. Riverside finished 9-16 from the foul line and hit two three pointers on the night.
Jackie Graham, Jace Speer, and Blake McCarroll scored eight points apiece to lead the Cougars. Wyss finished with six, Daniel Hester had five, while Terry Brantley added two points. Rector was 4-7 from the free throw line and hit three treys on the evening.
In junior high action, Riverside improved to 9-1 on the season with a hard fought 54-44 win over the Junior Cougars. Sam Elam scored a game high 21 points to lead the Rebels while Dewayne Schrader poured in 14. Jake Love tallied seven, Blake Hogan netted four, Daniel McCormick and Austin Davis contributed three points apiece while Josh Driver added two. The Rebels were 14-30 from the foul line and hit a pair of three pointers.
Rector placed three players in double digits led by Coty Banning who scored 13. John Smith scored 12 while Blake Evers added 10. Chris Tripp and Garrett Evers had four points each while Clinton Haley added one. Rector was 7-14 from the foul line and hit three treys on the evening.
Riverside also posted a 64-45 homecoming victory over East Poinsett County Friday night at Caraway. The Rebels (6-3) bolted to a 36-14 halftime lead to run away with the win.
Garrett Weaver led the Rebels with 21 points while Jordan Adcock recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Glen Graham also hit double digits with 12 points.
The junior Rebels moved to 10-1 on the year with a 48-38 win over the Warriors.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Monette to face arch-rival and defending State Champion Buffalo Island Central.