Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside and Buffalo Island Central both saw their tournament title hopes dashed at the hands of eventual champion East Poinsett County in last week's Gerald Jennings Tournament at Gosnell.
The Rebels dropped a 47-34 decision to EPC in the semi-finals after knocking off host Gosnell 50-49 in the first round.
Jake Love and Chris Hood scored 11 points apiece to lead the Rebels past Gosnell. Riverside fell behind 13-10 after the first period but rallied for a 26-21 lead at intermission. The Rebels took a 38-31 lead into the final quarter and held off the Pirates for the one point victory.
Riverside struggled from the foul line hitting just 16-33 attempts. Gosnell went to the line just nine times and connected on two.
Morgan Fletcher and Luke Moyer had eight points apiece, Josh Anderson scored seven, Cole Winford netted three while Jake Emery added two to round out the Rebel scoring attack. Brandon Whiteside led Gosnell with 24 points.
Ky Madden poured in 19 points while Darius Barnes added 14 in EPC's semifinal win over Riverside. A.J. Turner also hit double digits for the Warriors scoring 10. EPC went to the foul line 30 times, connecting on 15.
Jake Love and Luke Moyer scored 12 points apiece to lead Riverside. Morgan Fletcher added seven while Josh Anderson chipped in three. Riverside hit 3-3 from the foul line and connected on three treys.
The Rebels held a 16-10 first period lead before the Warriors rallied to take a 25-22 edge into the dressing room at the half. EPC stretched their lead to 34-25 after three periods.
EPC knocked BIC out of the tournament in the first round with a 54-41 victory as Madden scored 15 and Barnes added 10. The Warriors led 16-5 after the first period, 32-17 at the half and 45-23 after three quarters.
Dillon Hargrove and Dominick Marquez led BIC with 11 points apiece. Nathan Whitlow and Alex Field scored three points each while Daniel Davis, Blake Carr, Drey Crabtree, Caleb Miller and Brandon Mitchell scored two points apiece.