Rebels fall to Melbourne in Regional Tourney
Wednesday was a tough night for the Riverside Rebels, as they fell to the Bearkatz of Melbourne 62-37 in the first round of the 2A-North Regional Tournament at Newark.
The opening stanza was a difficult one for the Rebels, as they managed just three points--coming from a Jake Love three-ball--in the entire first quarter. Melbourne was able to use the slow start to their advantage, moving ahead 18-3 after the initial quarter.
"We couldn't do anything right," Riverside head coach Buster Campbell said of his squad's auspicious beginning to the game.
While Melbourne only outscored Riverside 10 to six in the second quarter, the damage had been done early, as the Rebels went into intermission trailing 28-9. Riverside had fallen behind by as much as 23 points at the beginning of the second, but regained their composure after turning the ball over on their first three possessions of the frame.
"We loosened up some, but by then it was too late," Campbell said.
Riverside started the second half with a burst of energy, as Love drove to the rim for a lay-up and senior Tyler Warhurst buried a three in the first minute of the third. Still, Melbourne always seemed to have an answer, maintaining a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest. Riverside trailed 41-21 going into the fourth.
"We had a lot of trouble, but give Melbourne credit, they had a lot to do with that," Campbell said. "They're very talented and you can't make the mistakes we made and expect to beat them."
Melbourne was favored going into the night, but that made little difference to Riverside.
"We went 17-17 and had a pretty good year," Campbell said. "I think a lot of people counted us out before the season started. For us to make it this far with the schedule we play, it shows how hard this team played all year."
Warhurst led Riverside with 11 points. Also scoring were Josh Anderson eight, Love five, Cody O'Guinn five, Blake Hogan four, Cameron Casey two and Dewayne Schrader two.
Spencer Caraway led Melbourne with 16 points. Lee Lewis and Chase Murray added 14 and 13, respectively, for the Bearkatz.