Town Crier Sports Staff
Asa Ladd scored 19 points while Jesse Harris pumped in 15 more to lead Bay to a come from behind 66-60 victory over Riverside Friday night in 2A-3 senior boys conference action at Lake City.
It was the third meeting between the two rivals, with Riverside winning the previous two games. But it was a different story in game three, as the Yellowjackets used a strong second half performance to improve their record to 19-11 overall and 10-5 in conference play. Eric Bowers also hit double figures for Bay scoring 10 points, as Bay rallied from a 28-26 halftime deficit.
Garrett Weaver poured in a game high 22 points to lead Riverside (24-8, 11-4 2A-3) while Glen Graham recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The game became a foul fest, as 53 total fouls were whistled, which produced 61 total free throws by both teams. The `Jackets finished 20-30 from the foul line while Riverside hit 17-31 free throw attempts.
Riverside took a 14-11 lead after the first period and held a two point edge at the half before Bay rallied in the third period to take a 45-39 lead entering the final frame.
Riverside got eight points apiece from Casey Hook and Cody Richardson while Travis Mays added seven more.
In junior high action, Bay used a 17 point performance from Gunner Freeman to pull out a 30-25 win over the Rebels.
Bay held a 7-1 lead after the first period before taking an 18-9 advantage into the dressing room at the half. The Rebels pulled to within 24-21 after three periods but fell short in the end.
Jake Love led Riverside with 10 points while Chris Hood pitched in seven. Morgan Fletcher scored four, Josh Anderson netted three while Luke Moyer added one to round out the Rebel scoring.
The senior Rebels will play a make up game Monday night at Marked Tree to close out the conference slate, before ending the regular season Tuesday night against Manila as the Rebels celebrate senior night at Lake City.
The junior Rebels will open district tournament play Monday afternoon at 4:30 as the number four seed and will take on arch-rival and fifth seeded Buffalo Island Central.