Rebels defeat state champion Yellowjackets
Riverside claimed a key early season road victory, knocking off the defending Class A State Champion Bay Yellowjackets 67-60 Tuesday night in senior boys basketball action.
The Rebels scorched the nets, draining 13 three pointers on the evening, including 11 in the first half alone, to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Riverside led 8-1 in the early going, thanks to back to back triples by Caleb Waugh and Kollin Stone. The Yellowjackets fought back and tied the game 19-19 on a three pointer from freshman Taylor Layne, but Ben Hensley answered with the Rebel's sixth triple of the quarter with just seven seconds left on the clock to give Riverside a 22-19 edge after the first break.
The Rebels added four more treys in the second quarter, two by Victor Cerda and a pair by Stone, to grab a 41-38 halftime advantage.
Both teams cooled off in the third period, with Riverside outscoring Bay 8-6. A pair of free throws by Layne closed the Rebel lead to two midway through the quarter before Hensley's three pointer gave the Rebels a 49-44 lead entering the final frame.
Hensley began the final period with his fourth trey of the night to push the Rebel lead to eight, but the Yellowjackets fought back and pulled even on Tyler Pritchett's conventional three point play with 3:55 left, tying the game 57-57.
Stone put the Rebels on top for good, 59-57, scooping up a loose ball and scoring after a wild scramble beneath the Riverside bucket with 3:14 remaining. After a Bay miss, Brandon Sain drove the baseline, converting a reverse lay-up between a pair of Yellowjacket defenders to push the Rebel lead to 61-57 at the 1:57 mark.
Riverside made six of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the non-conference win.
"It was a real nice win tonight," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "Bay is a young team that is going to get a lot better, but we are young too. I think both teams have a lot of room for improvement. Anytime you come over and win on Bay's floor it's a big win. We couldn't have shot the ball much better in the first half. I thought we played pretty decent defense and our press bothered them some. It's a big improvement over our first game of the year. I'm very proud of them."
Riverside placed four players in double figures, led by Stone's 17 points. Cerda scored 13 while Waugh and Hensley chipped in 12 points apiece. Devon Austin just missed double digits with nine while Sain added four. The Rebels finished nine of 13 from the foul line.
Pritchett topped all scorers with 19 points while Jonathan Crain and Kylor Skaggs added 18 and 10 points respectively for Bay. The 'Jackets hit four three pointers, all in the first period, and finished 20-25 from the foul line.
The Rebels won the turnover battle 15-10.
In junior high action, Riverside got past the Yellowjackets 36-23. The Rebels raced to a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter and held a 21-14 advantage at the half. Riverside took a 27-16 lead into the fourth quarter.
Cannon Walling led the Rebels with 10 points while Braden Overman scored nine. Dillon Turner tallied seven, Gavin Stone chipped in six while Dylan Davis added four.
Nolan Smith led Bay with 13 points.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Ridgefield Christian. The Rebels travel to Armorel Friday night.