Town Crier Sports Staff
It was a typical Riverside-Bay game. Hard fought and close, it came down to the final shot of the contest. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Garrett Weaver's three pointer with under 10 seconds remaining banged off the back of the rim and Michael Lawrence's tip-in attempt with two seconds to go also missed the mark as the Yellowjackets hung on for a thrilling 65-63 2A-3 conference win Friday night at Bay.
Bay looked to be in control at the 2:05 mark of the fourth quarter when Tyrone Harris drilled a three pointer to give the Yellowjackets a 60-54 lead. But the Rebels fought back when Cody Richardson hit both ends of a double bonus, and following a Jesse Harris free throw, Richardson drove the lane for two more to cut the Bay lead to 61-58. Jesse Harris went to the foul line with 49 seconds left and made both ends of the double bonus to put Bay back up 63-58.
Jordan Adcock nailed a 12-footer with 34 seconds left to cut the Bay lead to three, but Tyler Q. Griffin's offensive stick-back at the 20 second mark again pushed the Yellowjacket lead to five, 65-60.
The Rebels made one last rally as Adcock drilled a long three pointer with 12 seconds to go to pull Riverside to within 65-63. After a time-out, the Yellowjackets were unable to get the ball inbounds and were whistled for a five second violation, setting up the game's final frantic seconds.
Riverside jumped on Bay early and took a 21-16 first period lead, thanks to the red hot shooting performance of Adcock, who scored 17 of his game high 23 points in the opening stanza.Bay rallied in the second quarter and took a 34-32 lead into the dressing room at the half.
The third quarter saw four ties and two lead changes before Bay grabbed a 46-44 lead on a three point play by Asa Ladd with 48 seconds left in the quarter. The Yellowjackets took a 47-46 lead into the final period.
Asa Ladd began the fourth quarter making 1-2 free throws to push the Bay lead to 48-46, but a Richardson lay-up tied the score at 48-48 with 6:47 left. Ladd made a 10-footer at the 6:32 mark to give Bay the lead for good, 50-48.
Richardson scored 20 points while Glen Graham scored 13 more to join Adcock in double figures for Riverside. Michael Lawrence scored three points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Garrett Weaver tallied three points and Caleb McCluskey added one. The Rebels hit five three pointers but struggled from the charity stripe, hitting just 20-38 attempts.
"We aren't going to shoot free throws like that and beat anybody," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "You can't win ball games shooting 50 percent from the free throw line. Bay got physical with us on the inside and we didn't respond. It's been the same story the entire year. We are not doing a good enough job of getting open on the inside and we're not doing a good enough job feeding the ball inside. If we make our three's tonight we win, but they weren't falling. But we played hard. It was a battle. We knew it would be and it was."
Tyrone Harris led Bay (20-12, 8-8) with 15 points, Jesse Harris scored 12, Ladd netted 11 while Griffin added 10 points. The Yellowjackets made seven treys and went 14-24 from the foul line.
"I thought it came down to free throws, and my second team was definitely the difference in the game," said Bay Coach Brad Brannen. "My second team came in and played great defensively and didn't turn the ball over. They did what they were supposed to do. They were the difference - it wasn't our starters."
On Tuesday night, the Rebels defeated Marked Tree 63-53 on senior night at Lake City.
Garrett Weaver scored 20 points while Glen Graham pumped in 18 more to lead the Rebels. Michael Lawrence, playing in his final game at Lake City, also hit double digits with 10 points. Cody Richardson scored nine, Jordan Adcock tallied four while Casey Hook added two.
Riverside finished 9-13 from the foul line and hit two three pointers. The Indians led 14-11 after the first period and 29-27 at the half. The Rebels rallied to take a 47-35 lead into the final frame.
Dee Love scored 19 points for Marked Tree, who hit 10-20 from the foul line as a team and made one three pointer.
In junior high action, Riverside swept a pair of conference games, downing Marked Tree 50-31 before dropping Bay 44-27.
Daniel McCormick scored 14 points while Sam Elam and Blake Hogan added 10 points apiece in Riverside's win over Marked Tree. Jake Love scored seven, Dewayne Schraeder netted six while Austin Davis added three.
Riverside led 18-3 after the first quarter, 30-16 at the half and 36-27 after three quarters.
In Riverside's win at Bay, Daniel McCormick led the way with 14 points while Sam Elam also scored double figures with 10. Blake Hogan netted nine, Dewayne Schraeder tallied six, while Jake Love added five.
Troy Brown led Bay with 14 points.
The Rebels jumped out to a 14-0 first period lead and led 25-10 at the half. Riverside took a 34-19 lead into the fourth quarter.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Manila to face the Lions before closing out the regular season Friday night at Pocahontas.
The Junior Rebels will open 2A-3 District Tournament play Monday night at Monette with an 8:45 contest against Bay. The Rebels enter the tournament as the number three seed.