(Town Crier photo/Trent Fletcher)
"Riverside brings it to the table every time we play," said BIC coach Garrett Eoff. "My hat is off to them. I thought the key to the game was the way we attacked the Riverside press. We went right at them and the kids executed. I was very proud of their effort."
BIC built a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before Riverside rallied behind Cole Winford, who nailed three straight treys to cut the margin to 14-12 at the 1:50 mark. Heath Hawkins' offensive stick-back with 34 seconds left gave the Mustangs a 16-12 advantage after the break.
The Mustangs took control in the second quarter, forcing numerous Riverside turnovers and held a 31-22 lead at the half.
BIC built their advantage to 44-26 late in the third period behind the hot shooting of Ben Cole, who drilled a pair of three pointers. Riverside rallied late in the quarter, going on a 10-1 run, and after back to back three pointers from Bryan Poe and Jake Love, the Rebels cut the margin to single digits, 45-36, entering the final frame.
The Mustangs kept their lead throughout the fourth quarter, but Riverside stayed within striking distance, cutting the margin to 56-52 with 1:14 left in the game on a three pointer by Love.
"Davis' basket late in the game was the key," said Eoff. "That was a big play. It put the game away for us."
"We had 14 turnovers at the half, we shot 32 percent for the game, BIC out-rebounded us, out-worked us, out-hustled us, out-smarted us," said Riverside coach Buster Campbell. "We had a chance to make a game of it, but we missed four straight free throws. We aren't where we need to be and all we can do is keep on plugging."
Davis led BIC with 16 points while Cole finished with 13 to lead the Mustangs in scoring. Heath Hawkins, James Tate and Brent Ray scored eight points apiece while Brandon Atkeison and Adrian Mondragon added four and three points respectively.
Riverside got a game high 27 points from sophomore Cole Winford. Love pitched in nine while Poe and M.J. Brewer connected for four points apiece. Anderson and Jake Emery scored three each while Tyler Rolland and Dewayne Schrader added two points apiece.
In junior high action, Riverside rolled to a 56-34 win. Logan Meurer and Alteeno Sain led Riverside with 15 points apiece. Braden Peaster netted eight, Rustin Peaster tallied five, Dylan Wright contributed four, Juan Trujillo and Cody Wells scored three points apiece while Logan Moyer had two. Jake Spencer added one point to round out the Rebel scoring attack.
Zac Chase led BIC with 10 points.
BIC started the week with a 39-37 victory over Rector. Brandon Atkeison led the Mustangs with 10 points. BIC outscored Rector 16-4 in the third quarter to rally from a 21-12 halftime deficit, taking a 28-25 lead heading into the final period.
Daniel Davis scored seven, Heath Hawkins tallied six, Brent Ray netted five, Ben Cole and James Tate added four points apiece while Josh Freeman pitched in three. Zack Burleson led Rector with 14 points while Kirk Horton added 11.
In junior high action, Rector rolled to a 49-27 victory behind Mitchell Webber who scored a game high 23 points.
Zac Chase led BIC with six points while Hunter Douglas scored four. Jacob Sanders and Dilynn Strickland netted three points apiece. Chris Shirley, Nick Bollinger, Drake Brown and Austin Monstrong tallied two points each while Preston Monstrong added one point.