Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside split a pair of one point thrillers last week, dropping the Rebels out of first place in the 2A-3 conference. The Rebels began the week on Tuesday, rallying past Crowley's Ridge Academy 62-61 at Caraway, before losing a hard fought 65-64 battle at Turrell Friday night.
Senior forward Casey Hook came up with a steal and fed Garrett Weaver, who made the go ahead lay-up with a little over 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter to lift Riverside over the Falcons. The Rebels place four players in double figures, led by Weaver's 17 points. Glen Graham and Cody Richardson both posted double-doubles, with Graham scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, while Richardson netted 12 points to go along with 10 assists. Travis Mays also hit double figures scoring 11 points, while Hook rounded out the scoring with nine points.
The Rebels fell behind 20-13 after the first quarter and trailed 36-28 at the half. Riverside fought back in the third quarter to close to within 47-42 entering the final frame. The Rebels outscored CRA 20-14 in the decisive fourth quarter to gain the victory.
Kade Dickerson led the Falcons with 18 points while Jake Wallis added 14 more.
Friday night's game at Turrell ended in controversy as the Rockets knocked Riverside from atop the league perch. The Rebels trailed by one point with 1.9 seconds left and in-bounded the ball to senior forward Bradley Tucker, who took the final shot for Riverside. Tucker's shot fell short, but a whistle was blown by one official indicating a foul against the Rockets, but the lead official waved off the foul, allowing Turrell to escape with a 65-64 win.
The two teams were tied 15-15 after the first period, but Turrell outscored the Rebels 23-13 in the second period to take a 10 point lead into the dressing room at the half. Riverside rallied in the third quarter to tie the score heading into the final frame.
Riverside (23-6, 10-2 2A-3) was led by Glen Graham and Cody Richardson, who both pulled off double-doubles. Graham scored 15 points and snared 13 rebounds while Richardson netted 11 points and dished out 10 assists. Riverside also received double-digit performances from Bradley Tucker and Garrett Weaver, who scored 14 and 13 points respectively.
Eric Gibson scored a game high 27 points to pace the Rocket attack while Theo Turner added 16 more.
In junior high action, Riverside knocked off CRA 44-20 Tuesday night before losing to Turrell 53-26 Friday night.
Morgan Fletcher scored 12 points while Jake Love added 11 in the Rebel win over CRA. Josh Anderson netted six points, Chris Hood scored five, M.J. Brewer and Cole Winford tallied four points each, while Luke Moyer chipped in two points.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Cross County at Caraway before traveling to Earle Thursday night to take on the league leading Bulldogs.