Riverside found the road rough going, losing a pair of conference games last week. The Rebels lost to East Poinsett County 50-38 Tuesday night before dropping a heartbreaking 50-48 decision to Rector on Friday night.
Ky Madden poured in 25 points while Byron Ford added 18 more to lead the Warriors past Riverside. EPC jumped to a 15-11 first period lead and stretched their margin to 26-18 at the half. The Rebels fought back and pulled to within 37-33 after three quarters, but the Warriors outscored Riverside 13-5 in the final frame to secure the win. EPC finished 14-19 from the foul stripe and nailed four three pointers on the evening.
Blake Hogan and Josh Anderson led Riverside with 11 points apiece. The Rebels also got six points from Tyler Warhurst, four points each from Cody O'Guinn and Jake Love, while Cam Casey came off the bench to score two. Riverside sank 12-20 free throws and hit two treys.
Blake McCarroll knocked down a 12-foot jump shot with five seconds to go as Rector slipped past Riverside Friday night. Riverside's last second three point attempt was off the mark as the Cougars held on for the 2A-3 conference win.
The Rebels slipped to 11-10 overall and 2-3 in conference play with the loss.
Justin Duke led Rector with 17 points while McCarroll and Coty Banning finished with 13 points apiece.
Blake Hogan was the only Rebel in double figures, finishing with 12. Cody O'Guinn and Jake Love tallied nine points apiece while Tyler Warhurst and Cam Casey added six points each. Sam Elam, Josh Anderson, and Dewayne Schrader contributed two points apiece.
In junior high action, Riverside split a pair of games, losing to EPC 60-45 before bouncing back for a 44-30 victory over Rector.
Cole Winford recorded a double-double in Riverside's victory over Rector. The freshman poured in 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rebel assault. Morgan Fletcher added seven, Logan Meurer and Mitchell Staggs pitched in five points apiece while Alteeno Sain added one.
A.J. Turner scored 14 points to lead EPC past Riverside. The Rebels jumped to a 16-11 first period lead and held a 30-28 halftime advantage, but the Warriors rallied in the third quarter and took a 42-36 lead into the final frame.
Cole Winford led Riverside with 19 points while Logan Meurer added 14 more. Morgan Fletcher tallied eight while Alteeno Sain pitched in four.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night, traveling to Cherry Valley for a 2A-3 conference battle with Cross County. The Rebels will travel to Monette to take on rival Buffalo Island Central Friday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.