With the score tied 48-48 with 2:22 left in the game, freshman Dillon Hargrove was fouled while attempting a shot under the basket. Riverside coach Buster Campbell protested the call in vain, and Hargrove went to the line sinking both free throws, giving the Mustangs the lead for good, 50-48.
A lay-up by Heath Hawkins at the 2:00 mark pushed the Mustang advantage to 52-48, but Riverside's Cody O'Guinn nailed a 17-footer to pull the Rebels to within 52-50 at the 1:41 mark. BIC quickly answered when Blake Wheeler slashed his way for a lay-up, was fouled and completed the three point play, giving the Mustangs a 55-50 lead with 1:23 remaining.
Riverside tried to answer, but a smothering Mustang defense held the Rebels without a shot attempt and Riverside was forced to call a timeout with only four seconds left. Riverside inbounded the ball coming out the timeout, but failed to score as the Mustangs held on to improve to 19-7 overall and 6-1 in league play.
"I've been part of this rivalry for two years now, and it's just part of the game," said BIC coach Dion Hargrove. "It was real physical, the fans were involved. We just got very fortunate tonight. Both teams were in foul trouble. We made some plays toward the end of the game to get up by two possessions where a three wouldn't beat us. We played great defense in the last few seconds of the game. It was probably our best defensive stand of the year. We held them without a shot and forced them to call a timeout, which ate up most of the clock. We were very fortunate to beat them. They got us over at their place by one and this was the same type of game. We just happened to come out on top this time."
BIC took a 9-7 lead after the first quarter but Riverside rallied in the second period to take a 24-23 edge into the dressing room at the half. BIC battled back in the third quarter behind Kam Ashabranner's 10 points, building a 39-34 lead before settling for a 40-37 advantage entering the final frame.
Wheeler led the Mustangs with 18 points followed closely by Ashabranner's 17 point performance. Hargrove scored 10 of his 14 points in the final period. Brandon Atkeison tallied five while Hawkins added three to round out the BIC scoring.
(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
Riverside posted a 76-30 victory over Cross County Tuesday night at Lake City. Tyler Warhurst led the Rebels with 14 points while Jake Love and Blake Hogan added 11 points apiece. Riverside outscored the Thunderbirds 33-7 in the second quarter to blow the game open. The Rebels won the junior game 62-39 behind Cole Winford's 19 points.
In junior high action, Riverside came from behind to post a 45-38 victory over the Mustangs. Morgan Fletcher led the Rebels with 18 points while Cole Winford added 15. Logan Meurer scored six, Alteeno Sain tallied four while Mitchell Staggs pitched in two. The Rebels improved to 17-5 on the year.
Wes Colbert led the Mustangs with 11 points. Mark Stone scored seven, Josh McCormick and James Tate tallied six points apiece while Daniel Davis and Blake Carr added four points apiece.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they host Turrell at Lake City. The Rebels will close the week with another conference tilt at Marmaduke.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Marmaduke. The Mustangs will visit Turrell Thursday night before closing the week at the Mustang Athletic Complex against Crowley's Ridge Academy.