Riverside hands Campbell 800th Career victory
It took three overtimes, but Riverside finally delivered Head Coach Buster Campbell his 800th career victory with a thrilling 84-77 win over Augusta Wednesday night in 2A-3 conference basketball action at Caraway, ironically, the place where Campbell began his coaching career.
Campbell wasn't the only record setter Wednesday night as Riverside's Kollin Stone, who led the Rebels with 29 points, grabbed a school record 25 rebounds. Stone's performance bettered the old mark held by former Rebel great Len B. Nall, who pulled down 24 boards Nov. 11, 1988, against Rivercrest.
"I am really tickled to reach this milestone," Campbell said. "It was a wild game and I'm not sure the kids were really aware that I was going after win number 800. We were just thinking about picking up an important conference victory. The milestone is more about coaching a long time and having a lot of good players. I am most proud that I've done it all at one school. I started at Caraway, but with the consolidation it's really been one school in my mind. I've had a lot of support over the years from my family and the fans at Riverside. I'll always be thankful to Gerald Jennings for giving me my first job so many years ago when I was fresh out of college. This was a huge conference win for us. I'm proud of the kids."
Riverside took a 12-9 lead after the opening quarter before watching Augusta rally to grab a 25-20 halftime advantage. The Red Devils increased their margin to 43-37 entering the fourth quarter before the Rebels outscored their opponents 20-14 in the last stanza to send the game into overtime.
Joining Stone in double figures for Riverside was Devon Austin who scored 17 along with Caleb Waugh and Ben Hensley who added 14 and 11 points respectively. Brandon Sain tallied eight while Victor Cerda chipped in five points. The Rebels went to the foul stripe 39 times and connected on 25. Riverside made five three pointers on the night.
Jaylen Brown paced the Red Devils with 23 points while Lorenzo Pryor III added 13. Otis Poindexter and Erik Tripp chipped in 11 points apiece. Augusta made 13-22 free throws and nailed six three pointers.
In junior high action, the Rebels blitzed Augusta 52-24. Dillon Turner led the Rebels with 17 points. Dylan Davis scored eight, Gannon Crews had seven, Landon Moyer tallied five, Braden Overman and Canon Walling netted four points apiece while Keech Wilmoth chipped in three points. Gavin Stone and Chris Sain added two points each.
The Rebels played host to Black Rock Thursday night and came away with a 63-50 victory. Caleb Waugh topped Riverside with 17 points while Victor Cerda added 15. Ben Hensley came off the bench and threw in four three pointers to finish with 14 points. Brandon Sain and Kollin Stone added five points apiece. Devon Austin pitched in four while Luke Baker tallied three points. Riverside connected on 12-18 foul shots and drilled 12 three pointers.
Elijah Moody led the Zebras with 12 points. Black Rock hit 7-12 free throws and drained seven treys.
The Rebels jumped to a 25-14 lead after the opening quarter before Black Rock rallied to take a 34-33 edge at the half. Riverside fought back and took a 47-41 advantage into the final frame.
In junior high play, Riverside routed Black Rock 61-20. The Rebels placed 12 players in the scoring column, led by Gavin Stone's 13 points. Dillon Turner scored nine, Braden Overman and Gannon Crews had eight points apiece, Canon Walling netted five while Dylan Davis and Dylan Austin pitched in four points each. Michael Hall netted three, Landon Moyer, Ethan Cash and Brady Clark chipped in two points apiece while Garrett Grimes added one point.
Riverside closed the week with another overtime battle, this time against Bay. The Yellowjackets battled back from a 59-51 deficit after three quarters to send the game into an extra period before coming away with a 69-66 win over the Rebels.
After tying the game 63-63 at the end of regulation, the Yellowjackets scored all of their overtime points at the foul line, going 6-8 to secure the win.
Bay (20-6) was led by Tyler Pritchett, who scored 23 points. Pritchett poured in 19 first half points as the Yellowjackets held a 44-40 lead at intermission. Kylor Skaggs scored 15 points while Taylor Layne added 11.
Riverside (17-7) was led by Victor Cerda's 15 points. Kollin Stone tallied 14, Caleb Waugh pitched in 13 while Brandon Sain added 10.
In the junior high contest, Riverside improved to 18-7 on the year with a 58-33 win over Bay.