Marked Tree outscored Riverside 28-8 in the third quarter of Saturday night's junior high final of the 2009 Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament and coasted to a 62-38 victory at Caraway.
"It was one of those nights where we couldn't do anything right and Marked Tree didn't do much wrong," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "It was a tight game until the third quarter and Marked Tree hit those three pointers, plus we couldn't stop number 34 (Allen Buchanna). He is an excellent player. They beat us down the floor and we kind of fell apart. I was proud of the kids though. They played really well throughout the week. This is a very tough tournament."
Buchanna fired in a game high 26 points, mostly from power moves in the paint, to lead the Indian attack. Brand finished with 15 points, all from beyond the three point arc, while Darius Ivy scored 10.
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Marked Tree led 14-11 after the first period and held a 25-19 halftime advantage.
Riverside reached the finals by defeating Armorel 52-21 in the first round before knocking off Valley View 54-40 in the semifinals.
Logan Meurer and Alteeno Sain pitched in 14 points apiece in the Rebel's win over Armorel.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Marmaduke to take on the Greyhounds in 2A-3 conference play. The Rebels will close the week with another conference tilt, hosting Marked Tree Friday night at Caraway.