Junior Rebels fall to Manila in Gerald Jennings Tournament
Riverside went into the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament as the top seeded team, but Manila's Dylan Bogle ended the Junior Rebel's championship dreams, scoring with three seconds left to give the host Lions a 52-50 victory in Thursday night's semi-final action.
Morgan Fletcher paced the Rebels with 16 points while Cole Winford and Logan Meurer pitched in 14 and 11 points respectively. Alteeno Sain netted four, Cody Williams tallied three while Mitchell Staggs pitched in two points for Riverside. The Rebels were 5-9 on free throws and made three treys on the night.
Riverside held an 18-10 lead after the first period but saw the Lions come back in the second quarter to take a 27-24 halftime lead. Manila held a 36-32 advantage heading into the final frame.
Bogle led all scorers with 25 points, including four three pointers. Zack Day scored 12 while Dillon Burrow chipped in 11 for the Lions, who hit 11-13 foul shots and finished with five three pointers on the night.
Riverside opened the tournament with a 54-38 win over Armorel on Monday night despite Lavonte Smith's 18 point performance.
The Rebels placed three players in double figures, led by Cole Winford who scored 16 points. Morgan Fletcher netted 13 points while Logan Meurer added 12 to also finish in double digits. Alteeno Sain tallied six, Dylan Wright scored three while Coby Blagg and Cody Williams added two points apiece.