Riverside Rebels slip past Manila 55-52
Riverside watched a potential game tying three pointer by Manila's Brady Jones just miss its mark, allowing the Rebels to hang on for a heart stopping 55-52 victory over the Lions Tuesday night at Lake City.
Caleb Waugh nailed a big time three with just under 2:00 remaining to give the Rebels a four point cushion. Riverside had an opportunity to salt the game away from the foul stripe in the closing minute, but misfired on several attempts, breathing life into the Lions.
A pair of missed free throws by the Rebels gave the Lions one last chance to tie the game with four seconds left. Manila inbounded the ball to Jones, who raced across the centerline, launching a desperation heave from 40-feet away; the shot looked as though it might be true, but bounced harmlessly off the rim, allowing the Rebels to escape with the victory.
The two teams battled fiercely throughout the night in the see-saw affair, with the Lions taking an early 12-8 lead after the first period before the Rebels fought back to grab a 24-20 halftime advantage. Riverside clung to a slim 40-39 edge heading into the final quarter.
Alteeno Sain led the Rebels with 17 points while Waugh and Dylan Wright also hit double digits, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Gavin Stone scored nine while Logan Meurer chipped in eight points. The Rebels shot a miserable 39 percent from the foul stripe, connecting on just 11-28 attempts on the night. Riverside finished with two three pointers, none bigger than Waugh's fourth quarter bomb.
Jones pumped in a game high 27 points, including five treys to lead Manila, while Scott Eubanks scored 13. Kyle Joyner tallied six while Dustin Sirmon and Caleb Reinhart added three points apiece. The Lions also had difficulty at the free throw line, hitting just four of 11 attempts. Manila made eight treys on the night.
Riverside closed the week with a road trip to Brookland, where the Rebels came out on the short end of a 49-38 decision.
Reece Gramling drilled a three pointer with 4:34 left in the game to break a 32-32 deadlock, igniting a 17-6 Bearcat run to close out the game.
The first quarter ended in a 10-10 tie and the two teams went into the dressing room with the game knotted 17-17. Brookland held a 24-23 edge late in the third quarter before the Rebels closed out the period on a 5-0 run to take a 28-24 lead into the final frame.
Alteeno Sain led Riverside with 12 points while Logan Meurer added 11. The loss dropped the Rebel record to 20-12 on the year.
Riverside will begin 2A-3 District Tournament play this week as the number two seed. The Rebels, an automatic qualifier for the regional tournament, will receive a bye into the semifinals, and will play Thursday afternoon at 5:30.