Rebels complete regular season sweep with 73-65 win over BIC
Riverside outscored archrival Buffalo Island Central 18-10 in the third quarter to break a 35-35 halftime tie and went on to defeat the Mustangs 73-65 Tuesday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
It was Riverside's second win of the season over the Mustangs, the first coming on a last second shot by senior Jake Love, who had to watch the rematch in street clothes due to a season ending knee injury suffered in the NEA Tournament.
Cole Winford led the Rebels with 16 points while Morgan Fletcher came off the bench to score 12 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter to help Riverside hold off the Mustangs. Alteeno Sain also scored 12 points for Riverside, while Josh Anderson and Tyler Rolland hit double digits with 11 and 10 points respectively, as the Rebels put five players in double figures. Logan Meurer netted seven, M.J. Brewer tallied three while Jake Emery added two points to round out the Riverside scoring attack. The Rebels hit 18-36 free throws and made five three pointers on the night.
Jeremy Smith led all scorers with 21 points to pace the Mustangs. Ben Cole and Wes Colbert also reached double figures for BIC with 13 and 10 points respectively. Daniel Davis tallied nine, Brent Ray netted seven while James Tate added five points to finish out the BIC offensive attack. The Mustangs hit 21-34 foul shots and nailed six three pointers.
In junior boys action, Nick Bollinger hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Mustangs a thrilling 55-54 victory over the Rebels. Bollinger finished with 21 points while Austin Pike added 20 more to lead the BIC scoring attack. Drake Brown tallied five, Jacob Sanders netted four, Alan Carmichael contributed three while Erik Navarro added two points to round out the Mustang scoring attack. BIC hit 14-22 foul shots and made one three pointer.
Caleb Waugh scored 18 points to lead Riverside, while Kollin Stone and Brandon Sain added 15 and 11 points respectively. Ben Hensely and Devon Austin added five points apiece. Riverside hit just four of 14 free throws and connected on six three pointers.
BIC held a 13-9 edge after the first quarter and a 29-21 lead at the half. Riverside rallied to cut the Mustang advantage to 37-35 heading into the final period.
In Friday night action, BIC celebrated its Homecoming with a heart-stopping 72-70 victory over Walnut Ridge. The Mustangs (11-14, 5-6 2A-3) placed four players in double figures, led by James Tate who pitched in a team high 17 points. Daniel Davis scored 16, Ben Cole tallied 15 while Jeremy Smith added 14 more for BIC, who led 23-14 after one period of play and 40-32 at the half. Walnut Ridge rallied in the third quarter to cut the BIC lead to 54-51 after three periods.
Range Weeks poured in six three pointers and scored a game high 22 points to lead the Bobcats, while Chris Dickerson followed closely behind with 21 more.
In junior high action, BIC rolled to a 56-23 victory over Walnut Ridge. BIC (16-7, 6-4 2A-3) was led by Nick Bollinger and Austin Pike who scored 15 and 14 points respectively.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Cherry Valley to take on Cross County in a 2A-3 conference matchup. The Mustangs will close out the week hosting league leading East Poinsett County Friday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex.
Riverside traveled to Bay Friday night, dropping a 62-45 decision to the Yellowjackets. Bay jumped to a 10-5 edge after the opening period and held a 27-16 halftime advantage. The 'Jackets led 47-29 after three quarters.
Gunner Freeman led Bay with 13 points while Cole Winford and Josh Anderson paced Riverside with 17 and 11 points respectively.
The Rebels took the junior boys contest 44-35 behind Kollin Stone's 15 point performance.
Riverside returns to action Tuesday night, hosting Rector in 2A-3 conference play at Lake City. The Rebels will celebrate Homecoming Friday night when Riverside plays host to Maynard at Caraway.