EPC rolls past Rebels in second half
Malik Monk's 30-footer just before halftime ignited East Poinsett County's stagnant offense as the Warriors broke open a close game and went on to rout Riverside 68-38 Friday night at Lepanto.
The defending Class 2A State Champions held a slim 27-23 lead late in the first half when Monk drilled a long three from behind the arc, giving the Warriors a seven point halftime lead. EPC outscored Riverside 17-8 in the third quarter to take a 47-31 advantage into the final period of play. The Warriors secured the win, outpointing Riverside 21-7 in the final frame.
EPC (16-6, 14-1 2A-3) was led by Monk and Jammar Sturdivant who scored 21 points apiece. T. J. Young added 14.
Caleb Waugh led the Rebels with 13 points.
Riverside took care of Cross County 79-50 Tuesday night. The Rebels held a 14 point halftime lead and outscored the Thunderbirds 23-5 to take an overwhelming 73-41 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Riverside (19-11, 11-5 2A-3) was led by Logan Meurer's 18 points. Alteeno Sain and Caleb Waugh added 17 points apiece.
Tyler Houston led Cross County with a game high 23 points, all in the first half.
In junior high action, Gavin Stone scored 12 points to lead Riverside past EPC, 40-37.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Manila before traveling to Brookland Friday night to close out the regular season.
The junior Rebels will begin 2A-3 district tournament play Monday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette. Game time is 8:15 p.m.