Rebels roll to second straight Williams Baptist Tournament title

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Town Crier Sports Staff

Riverside claimed their second consecutive Williams Baptist Tournament Championship and third title in the last four years with a convincing 80-60 win over Tuckerman Saturday night at Walnut Ridge.

Garrett Weaver scored a game high 26 points while dishing out six assists while Jordan Adcock and Glen Graham each posted double-doubles in leading the Rebels to their ninth victory of the year. Adcock had 17 points and 10 boards while Graham added 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Rebels handed Tuckerman only their second loss of the year. Cody Richardson added 15 points to go along with six assists for the Rebels, who led 22-15 after the first quarter and 35-29 at the half. Riverside carried a 55-41 lead into the final quarter.

"We shot really well tonight," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "I thought in the second half, maybe we have turned the corner. We still have some work to do, but we seem to be working well together, both with our inside and outside games. I think we are starting to play like we are capable of playing. I thought the team played well as a whole, and we had a great offensive night. We had three players make the tournament team, and I felt like Cody Richardson should have made the all-tournament team as well. This was the tournament that got us going last year when we won three in a row. It's a nice tournament to win and hopefully it will get us on the right track, and this is a good time to start doing that."

Riverside kicked off their tournament championship run with an easy 77-54 victory over Delaplaine. Glen Graham scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked five shots while Garrett Weaver also scored 23 to lead the Rebels. Jordan Adcock had 10 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, while Cody Richardson chipped in 11 more.

Riverside blew past Marmaduke 86-65 Friday night in the semi-finals behind Glen Graham's triple-double. The 6'8" junior had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots as the Rebels erased a 22-20 first quarter deficit and took a 43-39 lead at the half, thanks to Garrett Weaver's three pointer just inside the half court line at the buzzer. The Rebels stretched their advantage to 62-52 by the end of the third quarter and coasted past the Greyhounds to the finals.

Garrett Weaver pitched in 21 points, had six assists and nailed five treys on the night. Jordan Adcock and Cody Richardson finished with 11 points apiece. Caleb McCluksey scored six, Michael Lawrence netted four, Tyler Warhurst tallied three, Shaun Boatman added two while Casey Hook contributed one point. The Rebels were 9-15 from the foul line and hit 11 three pointers on the night.

Marmaduke was led by Trent Smith who scored 16 points while Chris Foresythe added 15 more, including four three pointers. Ben Jordan pitched in 11 points for the Greyhounds, who hit 21-26 free throws and nailed 10 treys on the night.

Graham, Weaver, and Adcock were all named to the tournament team for the Rebels.

Riverside will return to action next week when they travel to Armorel to participate in the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament. The Rebels enter the tournament as the defending champion and the number one seed.

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