(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
Riverside jumped to an early 18-4 lead and never looked back, as the Rebels defeated Bay 53-31 to claim their second straight Marmaduke Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday afternoon.
It was the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Rebels have taken home the tournament title. Riverside led 25-13 at the half and pushed their lead to 37-22 after three quarters in improving to 5-0 on the season.
"We are really tickled to win this tournament again," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We are not playing extremely well, but this is a very athletic group and they are getting the job done. Luke Moyer really finished well on the inside and Jake Love played well also. We just need to cut down on our turnovers."
Moyer led the Rebels with 18 points while Love also hit double figures with 11. Riverside, who advanced to the finals with a 55-36 victory over Buffalo Island Central in the semi-finals, also got eight points from Cole Winford. Morgan Fletcher and Jake Emery had five points apiece while Chris Hood scored four and Coby Blagg added two. The Rebels were 12-18 from the foul line and nailed three treys on the afternoon.
Bay was paced by Tanner Freeman who scored eight points while Zach Carmer added six. The Yellowjackets were 18-28 from the foul stripe and hit one three pointer.
"We are winning ugly right now, but we make things happen and we can get the ball up and down the floor because of our athleticism," continued Campbell. "We have to get better, but we are making some good things happen. We rebounded well today and got some turnovers on the press. We forced a lot of turnovers, but we are making too many turnovers. But we'll get better. This was a good win."
In Riverside's 19 point victory over BIC, Moyer and Love both scored 14 points to lead the Rebels. Hood had seven, Fletcher scored six, Josh Anderson netted five, Mitchell Staggs tallied three while Emery, Winford and M.J. Brewer all contributed two points apiece. Riverside hit 8-16 from the free throw line and made one three pointer.
BIC was led by Jeremy Smith who scored 14 points. Josh McCormick and Dillon Hargrove had nine points apiece. James Tate scored three while Taylor Morgan added one to round out the Mustang scoring. BIC was 16-26 from the foul line and made two treys on the night.
Riverside led 11-3 after the first quarter and 29-15 at the half. The Rebels took a 48-22 lead into the final frame.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Brookland to take on the Bearcats.
BIC will travel to Manila Friday night to take on the Lions.