Rebels advance to fianls of Williams Baptist Tournament

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Kenzley Wilson goes to the free throw line for one of her 15 points against Marked Tree on Thursday. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Riverside advanced to the finals of the weather delayed Williams Baptist College Invitational Tournament with a 75-63 victory over Maynard Wednesday night at Walnut Ridge. The Rebels will face Pocahontas, which knocked off Bay in the other semifinal, in this Wednesday's championship game.

Riverside bolted to a 20-11 lead after the opening quarter and took a 41-28 advantage into the dressing room at the half. The Tigers closed to within 53-48 entering the fourth period before the Rebels pulled away for the victory.

Devon Austin led Riverside with 20 points while Kollin Stone and Caleb Waugh also hit double digits, scoring 19 and 15 points respectively. Ben Hensley came off the bench to contribute nine points for the Rebels. Brandon Sain tallied six while Victor Cerda and Luke Baker added three points each. Riverside connected on 14-21 foul shots and drilled seven three pointers on the night.

Colton Watson poured in a game high 29 points to lead Maynard, while McKenzie Koons pitched in 15 more. The Tigers hit 9-17 free throws and drained four treys.

Riverside bowed out of the Gerald Jennings Invitational, losing a hard fought 72-68 decision to tournament host Gosnell. The Pirates led 17-8 after the first break and stormed to a 37-23 halftime lead. Gosnell stretched their margin to 55-39 after three quarters, before the Rebels put on a furious fourth period rally which fell just short.

Will Rose poured in 25 points while T.J. Anderson added 17 to lead the Pirates, who hit 23-37 free throws and made three treys.

Waugh topped the Rebels with 17 points while Sain and Stone tallied 15 and 11 points respectively. Austin scored nine, Cerda and Hensley contributed seven points each while Marcos Sheppard added two. Riverside made 16-26 free throws and connected on eight three pointers.

The Rebels closed the week, squeezing out a 57-56 victory over Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference action Friday night at Lake City. Riverside (10-4, 3-1 2A-3) took a four point lead in the closing seconds on a Devon Austin free throw. A three pointer at the buzzer by the Indians set the final score.

Kollin Stone led the Rebels with 21 points while Brandon Sain added 11. Devon Austin and Victor Cerda pitched in 10 points apiece.

Terry Carter paced the Indians with 21 points while De'Angelo Griffin added 15 more.

Riverside took the junior high game 34-33 to remain unbeaten at 4-0 in league play.

The Junior Rebels fell in the Gerald Jennings Tournament, losing a tough 39-36 decision to Valley View. Gavin Stone pumped in 25 points, including four three pointers, to lead the Rebels. Canon Walling scored five while Dillon Turner and Braden Overman chipped in three points apiece.

Drake Lawrence led the Blazers with 14 points.

Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to McCrory for a 2A-3 conference contest. The Rebels will play host to Cross County in another league battle Friday night at Lake City.

Lady Rebels

The Lady Rebels lost to Marked Tree 58-45 in conference play Thursday night at Lake City. The Lady Indians jumped to a 17-7 lead after the opening quarter and led 26-17 at the half. Riverside pulled to within 36-31 entering the final frame before watching Marked Tree secure the victory.

Jay Perry led Marked Tree with a game high 22 points. Dez Reel scored 15 while Lexi Perry added 11. The Lady Indians hit 10-16 free throws and made one three pointer.

Chelsea Nichols topped the Lady Rebels with 17 points, including five three pointers. Kenzley Wilson scored 15 while Catlyn Sailor added 11. Anna Brickell chipped in two points for Riverside. The Lady Rebels made 7-12 foul shots and drained eight treys.

In junior high action, Riverside came away with a thrilling 50-42 double overtime victory over Marked Tree. Bailey Fisher's buzzer beater in the first overtime breathed life into the Lady Rebels, who outscored Marked Tree 8-2 in the second overtime to claim the win.

Fisher led Riverside with 17 points while Haven Robertson added 12.

Marked Tree held an 8-7 edge after the opening quarter before building a 20-12 halftime advantage. Riverside fought back to pull within 24-22 after three quarters and the two teams finished regulation tied at 31 apiece.

The Lady Rebels return to the hard court Monday night with a road game at McCrory. Riverside will play host to Cross County Thursday night at Lake City.

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