Logan Meurer sank the winning free throw with two seconds left on the clock to give Riverside a thrilling 47-46 victory over Marked Tree Friday night in 2A-3 conference play at Caraway.
Riverside held a 26-18 lead at the half and increased its advantage to a seemingly safe 14 point margin, 37-23, heading into the final quarter. But the Indians put on an furious rally in the final frame to tie the game 46-46, before Meurer put the game away for the Rebels, who improved to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Riverside was up by 13 points with only 3:00 left before Marked Tree staged its frantic comeback to even the score. The Indians gained possession in the waning seconds with the game tied, but couldn't get a shot to fall. Meurer snatched the rebound and was fouled, setting up a one and one situation at the free throw line with only two seconds remaining. The sophomore made the front end of the one and one to seal the deal.
Cole Winford led the Rebels with 14 points and eight rebounds while Alteeno Sain added nine points.
Allen Buchanan scored 11 of his team high 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead Marked Tree. Darius Ivy added 15 more, 10 coming in the final frame.
Riverside took the junior high game 52-28 behind Kollin Stone's 21 point performance. The victory pushed the Rebel's record to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in conference action.
Riverside traveled to Maynard Tuesday night and came away with a 72-60 victory over the Tigers in 2A-3 conference action.
Jake Love pumped in 17 points while Logan Meurer and Cole Winford added 15 and 14 respectively to lead the Rebel attack.
Jeff Skudlark scored a game high 21 points to lead Maynard, which fell to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in league play. Myles Chaffin added 12 points while Austin Glisson pitched in 10 more.
Riverside held a slim 32-29 lead at the half before increasing its advantage to 46-39 heading into the final quarter.
Riverside also won the junior high game 50-47.
The Rebels participated in the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament Wednesday night at Valley View, taking home a 73-54 victory over Gosnell. Riverside charged to a 27-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Rebels built their lead to 47-25 at the half. Riverside continued its onslaught in the third period, and held a 67-41 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Riverside had four players in double figures. Alteeno Sain led a balanced scoring attack, tallying 14 points. Cole Winford netted 13 while Josh Anderson and Jake Love pitched in 12 and 10 points respectively.
The Rebels also picked up a win in junior high play with a 56-45 win over Marked Tree in first round action of the Gerald Jennings Tournament at Valley View. Ben Hensley led Riverside with 17 points while Kollin Stone added 13 more.
Riverside's quest for a tournament championship ended Thursday night at the hands of powerful East Poinsett County, 64-44. Jammar Sturdivant and A.J. Turner led the Warriors with 15 points apiece.
Riverside kept the game close in the early going, leading 5-4, before the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to take a 13-5 advantage after the opening period. EPC's suffocating defense forced 13 turnovers in the second quarter as the Warriors put the game away to take a 41-16 lead at the half.
Alteeno Sain led Riverside with 16 points.
Riverside's junior Rebels fell to host Valley View 50-42 in Thursday night's semifinals. Preston Graddy led the Blazers with 16 points while Sam Mullen added 15 more.
Kollin Stone poured in a game high 19 points to lead Riverside.
The Lady Rebels suffered a pair of 2A-3 conference setbacks, losing at Maynard 59-53 Monday night before dropping a heartbreaking 44-42 defeat at the hands of Marked Tree Thursday night at Caraway.
Micaela West led the Lady Tigers with 26 points while Caitlin Rowe added 13 more.
Meagan Goza poured in a game high 31 points to lead all scorers while Becca Frayer added 11 more for Riverside.
The junior Lady Rebels took home a 54-21 victory behind Kenzley Wilson, who scored 14 points.
Alytrius Perry sank a shot in the lane with only two seconds remaining to deal Riverside a heart wrenching 44-42 defeat Thursday night at Caraway. Shaniqua Udell led the Lady Indians with 14 points while Perry added 12.
Marked Tree took a 24-17 lead after the first quarter before the Lady Rebels rallied to take a 30-25 advantage into the dressing room at the half. Riverside held a slim 34-31 edge heading into the final frame.
Meagan Goza pumped in 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Riverside, who fell to 3-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
The junior Rebels improved to 17-2 and a perfect 4-0 in league play with a 33-16 victory over the Lady Indians. Kenzley Wilson led Riverside with 15 points, six steals and four assists.
Riverside's boys will host Walnut Ridge Tuesday night in 2A-3 conference play before closing the week with a trip to Cross County Friday night in another conference battle.
The Lady Rebels host Walnut Ridge Monday night at Lake City before traveling to Cherry Valley Thursday night to face the Cross County Lady Thunderbirds in a pair of conference tilts.