Town Crier Sports Staff
Buffalo Island Central used a 30-11 second quarter outburst and ran away with a 78-67 victory over arch-rival Riverside in 2A-3 Conference action Tuesday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.
Riverside, the preseason conference favorite, jumped to a 16-11 first period lead, but watched the Mustangs battle back to tie the score on a pair of Trevor Matheny free throws at the 4:42 mark of the second quarter. Terry Roach's three pointer seconds later gave BIC the lead for good, 24-21. The Rebels close to within one point on a Glen Graham basket with 3:50 left in the half, but the Mustangs went on a 17-4 run to close out the half with a 41-27 advantage.
After Graham's basket made the score 24-23, BIC's Lance Davis nailed a free throw to push the Mustang lead to 25-23. Matheny followed with a three pointer and then Davis completed a three point play to give the Mustangs a 31-23 lead with 2:31 left in the half.
Davis was awarded the bucket on a goal tending call against Graham, who was also charged with a personal foul on the play. Riverside Coach Buster Campbell was then ticketed with a technical foul, which resulted in a pair of free throws by Garrett Qualls, who led all scorers with 25 points. Another bucket by Davis pushed the Mustang lead to 35-23 with 2:14 left in the opening half. Riverside could never get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
"Officiating wasn't very good and we didn't adjust to it,"said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "I guess we didn't do the things we were supposed to do because BIC shot 20 free throws in the first half and we shot three. They out-rebounded us and there is no way that should happen. We've got to get some things ironed out or we aren't going to be very good. We're very interested in the offensive end but not in the defensive end. Until we are more interested in getting rebounds and defensive stops we are going to continue to get beat. We had too many defensive breakdowns which comes down to discipline and right now we aren't very disciplined."
"I thought we played about as well as we can play," said BIC Coach Bill Taylor. "I thought Lance Davis was able to neutralize Glen Graham. He didn't stop him but he neutralized him. I thought that was a big key. I think Lance may be one of the few guys in the league that can do that. It was nice to get a double digit lead and be able to hold it. It was a great win against a very good team and we were very fortunate to win tonight. Riverside never quit and this conference is really going to be something the way it's going to shake out. If you can win at home and get some on the road you will be in good position. I thought Nick Birdno's defense on Garrett Weaver and Terry Roach's defense on Jordan Adcock were big keys as well."
The Rebels tried to fight back in the third quarter and pulled within 49-40 on a bank shot by Cody Richardson, but the Rebels could never get any closer. BIC took a 51-41 lead into the fourth quarter and led by as many as 17 on a pair of occasions late in the game.
Joining Qualls in double figures for the Mustangs was Davis with 18 while Roach had 15 and Jordan Phillips added 11. Trevor Matheny scored seven while Nick Birdno pitched in two. BIC finished 25-33 from the foul line and hit five treys on the night.
Riverside was led by Graham's 19 points while Garrett Weaver scored 18 and Cody Richardson, who played most of the game with four fouls, finished with 16 points. Jordan Adcock and Michael Lawrence scored six points apiece while Caleb McCluskey netted two. The Rebels finished 15-24 from the charity stripe and hit three treys on the night.
In junior high action, Riverside claimed their second win of the year over BIC with a 54-47 victory behind Daniel McCormick's 22 points. McCormick, who finished the night with four three pointers, was joined in double figures by Jacob Love who scored 11 points while Sam Elam added 10. Love hit three treys and also had three steals, three blocks and three assists. Blake Hogan had seven points and 11 rebounds while Dewayne Schrader had four points and seven boards. The Rebels, who improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, hit 13-30 free throws and finished with seven treys.
BIC placed three players in double figures led by Matt Taylor who scored 12 points. Cody Smith had 11 while Brandon Atkeison added 10. Heath Hawkins scored eight, Dalton Womack had four while Josh Freeman added two. BIC (7-2, 2-1 2A-3) finished 9-14 from the foul line and hit two three pointers.
BIC led 17-14 after the first period before Riverside rallied for a 27-26 halftime advantage. The Rebels took a 39-38 lead into the final frame.
BIC will return to action Thursday night when they play Paragould in the KFC-Taco Bell Hurricane Classic at Jonesboro High School. Tipoff time is set for 8:30 p.m.
Riverside will begin play as the number one seed and defending champion in the Williams Baptist Tournament with a Tuesday night 8:30 p.m. tipoff against the winner of a first round game between Delaplaine and Viola.