The Rebels trailed 35-29 entering the fourth quarter but rallied to pull to within 37-33 on a three point play by Logan Meurer with 7:07 left to play. A Morgan Fletcher bucket with 6:30 left cut the lead to 37-35 before the Highlanders' Josh Premeau answered with a driving lay-in to push the margin back to four.
Cole Winford, playing in his last game as a Rebel, scored from the inside to pull the Rebels to within 39-37 with 6:00 to go, but Highlander Nick Bower pushed the lead to 41-37 with a strong move to the basket at the 5:47 mark. Premeau gave Eureka Springs a six point lead, 43-37, with a pair of free throws with 4:08 left, but the Rebels rallied again on another Fletcher basket and a three pointer by Caleb Waugh with 3:14 remaining, pulling Riverside to within 45-42.
(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
Eureka Springs took a 13-12 lead after a see-saw first quarter and moved ahead by four, 23-19, at the half. The Highlanders stretched their advantage to 35-29 after the third quarter, despite the efforts of Riverside's Alteeno Sain, who scored eight of his team high 16 points in the third period.
Bower led Eureka Springs with 17 points while Premeau added 16 more. Briar Sebby scored 10 points for the Highlanders. Eureka Springs, the number one seed from the West, hit 14-21 free throws and drained four three pointers. The Highlanders turned the ball over 11 times.