Rebels named 2A Regional runner-up
The Riverside Rebels notched two key wins to advance to the championship game in the 2A North Regional Tournament Saturday night in Marmaduke. Riverside had the daunting task of once again facing state powerhouse East Poinsett County in the final contest of the event. In the end, the Rebels were outdone by the nightmare matchup of the Warriors, falling 74-49.
"That's the sixth time we've played them," Rebel coach Buster Campbell said. "They deserve the number one ranking."
While the EPC draw was a tough one for Riverside, the squad gave an impressive account of themselves in the tourney, defeating 2A-2 top seed Cedar Ridge in the first round and Rector, the 2A-3 second seed, in the semifinals. Riverside began the regional as the 2A-3 fourth seed, but finished as the second seed coming out of 2A North for this week's state tournament at Caraway.
"Not a lot of people thought we'd be in the finals of the regional," Campbell said. "We've played really hard. It's been a team-wide effort."
EPC led after each frame in the final: 21-12; 42-22 and 60-37.
Cole Winford scored 15 to lead the Rebels. Alteeno Sain added 10 points on the night. Also scoring for Riverside were Morgan Fletcher 7, Josh Anderson 7, Luke Moyer 6, Logan Meurer 2 and M.J. Brewer 2.
Jammar Sturdivant scored 21 to pace EPC. A.J. Turner added 13 points for the Warriors.
The Rebels made just sox of 19 attempts at the free throw line. EPC connected on 13 of 22 attempts at the stripe.
Riverside will meet Junction City, the third seed from 2A South, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 2A State Tournament at Caraway.
"There are no easy games at this point," coach Campbell said. "We worked hard to get here. Now, we've got to work hard to show we belong."