Rebels shoot down Rockets 70-40 in Conference opener

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Riverside seniors Garrett Weaver and Glen Graham made sure the Rebels had a happy homecoming, combining for 38 points to lead Riverside to a 70-40 thrashing of Turrell Friday night in their 2A-3 conference opener at Lake City.

The Rebels drilled three treys in the opening quarter, including Casey Hook's three at the buzzer, as Riverside took a 19-10 lead after one period. Junior guard Tyler Warhurst began the second quarter with another three pointer, giving Riverside their biggest lead of the night, 22-10. The Rebels maintained their 12 point lead until the Rocket's Theo Turner hit a trey of his own to pull Turrell to within 30-19 with 3:23 left in the half.

Riverside's last nine points of the half all came from Weaver, who hit a pair of treys and converted a conventional three point play following a steal, a lay-up and a foul. The Rebels took a 39-23 lead into the dressing room at the half.

The Rebels continued to build their lead in the third quarter, stretching their margin to as many as 23 points when Weaver made a reverse lay-up at the 2:45 mark. Hook's 17-footer closed the quarter, giving Riverside a 50-28 advantage entering the final frame.

Weaver and Graham converted back to back three point plays to open the final frame, pushing the Rebel lead to 56-31. An offensive stick-back by Graham with 4:07 remaining gave Riverside a 64-37 lead, prompting Riverside Coach Buster Campbell to pull his starters as the Rebels coasted the rest of the way.

"We talked about not letting Turrell get to the rim, and we did a good job of stopping that tonight," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We had 16 turnovers and that's too many, but we are really learning to play together. Out inside-outside game is beginning to work, and we are getting some fast-break buckets that we weren't getting earlier in the season. I was tickled tonight. Turrell is not a bad ball club. I thought the kids played with some emotion and some toughness and we have to do that every time."

"If we play consistently every night we will be a load for people," continued Campbell. "We are not as big as last season, but we are much deeper. We can put five starters on the floor, including Graham, who can stick the three, which presents match-up problems for other teams. Graham is really playing well, and Weaver and Richardson (Cody) are doing a good job of getting him the ball while still getting their looks. Casey Hook is playing well, Travis Mays is really shooting the ball well and Bradley Tucker came back and got on the boards good tonight. Turrell beat us last year to start the conference season, so this is a nice win tonight. It's a lot better start than last year."

Weaver led Riverside with 20 points while Graham finished with a double-double, scoring 18 points while snaring 10 rebounds. Hook tallied nine points, Mays chipped in eight, while Cody Richardson scored four. Warhurst, Blake Hogan and Dewayne Schrader all scored three points apiece while Bradley Tucker added two. The Rebels were 9-14 from the charity stripe and hit seven treys.

Travis Selvy led Turrell with eight points while Theo Turner added seven. The Rockets were 2-6 from the foul line and hit two treys, both by Turner.

Riverside won a hard fought 61-55 decision Tuesday night over Ridgefield Christian at Caraway. Graham and Weaver scored 22 points apiece to lead the Rebels. Travis Mays also hit double digits with 10 points. Cody Richardson scored three while Casey Hook and Bradley Tucker chipped in two points apiece. The Rebels connected on 13-20 from the foul line and hit eight three pointers, including five by Weaver.

Riverside led 17-16 after the first period and 35-28 at the half. The Rebels carried a 47-39 lead into the final period. Austin Green led Ridgefield with 23 points while Matt Pierce scored 15. The Eagles were 13-22 from the foul line.

In junior high action, Riverside dropped a 55-42 decision to Turrell. Jake Love and Morgan Fletcher pumped in 17 points apiece to lead the Rebels. Cole Winford scored four while Luke Moyer and Jake Emery added two points apiece. Riverside was 8-11 from the foul line and hit two treys.

The two teams were tied 7-7 after the first period before Turrell took a 21-14 lead into intermission. The Junior Rockets held a 34-23 lead after three quarters. Terrance Jeans led Turrell with 14 while DeAndre Price added 13 more. The Rockets were 18-26 from the foul line and hit one three pointer.

Riverside downed Ridgefield Christian 46-19 Tuesday night as 10 Rebels got in the scoring column, led by James Boness' nine points. Jake Love, Jake Emery and Chris Hood scored six points each while Chase Jackson had five. Cole Winford and Luke Moyer added four points each. Mitchell Staggs netted three, Coby Blagg added two while Morgan Fletcher chipped in one to round out the Rebel attack.

Riverside finished 5-10 from the foul line and hit five three pointers. The Rebels led

20-4 after the first period and 33-4 at the half. Riverside carried a 41-14 lead into the final quarter.

Ridgefield was led by Cam McKinney and Oliver McNabb who scored seven points apiece. The Eagles made just 1-10 free throws and hit two treys on the night.

Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Rector to take on the Cougars in a 2A-3 conference tilt. The Rebels will travel to Lepanto Friday night to face the East Poinsett County Warriors.

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