Rebels fall to Manila in Gerald Jennings semifinals
RIVERSIDE NOTCHES KEY CONFERENCE WINS OVER EARLE AND MARKED TREE
Manila pulled away from Riverside in the second half of Thursday night's Gerald Jennings semifinal matchup to post a 62-47 victory, advancing the Lions to Saturday night's title game against Valley View.
The Lions trailed 7-3 early before stringing together four consecutive three pointers, the first by Matthew May, followed by three straight Thomas Davis bombs, to take a 15-11 lead after the opening period play.
The Rebels charged back in the second stanza behind the strong play of Kollin Stone, who scored 11 of Riverside's 13 second quarter points. But the Lions maintained their advantage with the help of two more three pointers, one each from Burch Milano and Caleb Reinhart, to take a 26-24 edge into the dressing room at the half.
Manila began to distance itself from the Rebels in the third quarter, burying three consecutive treys to begin the second half, pushing their lead to 11 points. Reinhart, Patrick Tanner and Davis dropped in three straight triples, giving the Lions a 35-24 lead at the 5:33 mark. Reinhart's second trey of the quarter upped the Lion lead to 40-27, before the Rebels fought back, outscoring Manila 6-2 to pull to within 42-33 entering the fourth frame.
Manila steadily increased its lead in the fourth quarter, drilling two more three pointers, one each by Davis and Tanner, as the Lions built their lead to 58-41 with 3:10 left in the game. Manila closed things out at the free throw line and advanced to the championship matchup for the second year in a row.
Davis led the Lions with 19 points while Reinhart dropped in 16 more. Kyle Joyner scored seven, Tanner had six while Matthew May and Milano pitched in five points apiece. Seth Grissom and Timmy Smith added two points each. The Lions connected on 10-17 foul shots and drained 12 three pointers on the night.
Gavin Stone led Riverside with 17 points, all in the second half, while Kollin Stone chipped in 16 more. Luke Baker tallied seven, Brandon Sain, Kody Winstead and Bret Snyder added two points each while Grant Mason scored one. Riverside made 12-15 free throws and drilled five treys.
Riverside advanced to the semifinals with a hard fought 56-54 victory Monday night over East Poinsett County. The two old foes battled to a 12-12 tie after the first quarter before Riverside grabbed a 28-26 lead at the half. The Warriors fought back in the third period to take a slim 40-39 edge into the fourth quarter.
Gavin Stone scorched the nets for 24 points, including four treys, to pace the Rebels. Luke Baker scored 11 points while Kollin Stone and Brandon Sain added eight points apiece. Bret Snyder netted three while Braden Overman chipped in two points. The Rebels connected on 14-23 free throws and canned six three pointers.
Xavier Reed and Clay Malone led the Warriors with 14 points apiece while Dez Barnes added 12. EPC hit 8-15 foul shots and nailed six three pointers.
In junior high tournament play, Riverside squeezed past Manila 43-41 Monday night. After fighting to an 11-11 tie at the end of the opening quarter, Riverside took a 19-18 edge into the dressing room at intermission. Manila clawed back in the third period to grab a 32-31 lead heading into the final frame.
Dillon Turner led Riverside with 14 points while Landon Moyer and Keech Wilmoth added eight points apiece. Ethan Cash scored seven while Dillon Boatman chipped in six.
Joel Burrow topped the Lions with 15 points while Logan Hamilton pitched in 10 more. Brock Birmingham scored eight, Chris Carruth tallied six while Annan Garrett chipped in two points.
The Junior Rebels fell to Gosnell 49-29 in the semifinals. The Pirates led 15-10 after the first quarter, 24-19 at the half and 34-23 after three periods of play.
Brandon Partee led Gosnell with 19 points while Rodeo Jones added 15.
Turner paced the Rebels with 15 points. Boatman scored five, Moyer had four, Cash and Hayden Carr tallied two points apiece while Wilmoth added one point.
Riverside traveled to Earle Tuesday night and came away with a 58-54 upset over league favorite Earle. The Bulldogs led 27-23 at the half and carried a 40-36 advantage into the fourth quarter before the Rebels rallied, outscoring Earle 22-14 in the final period for the come-from-behind win.
Riverside placed four players in double figures, led by Kollin Stone's 16 points. Stone also snared nine rebounds and handed out seven assists. Gavin Stone scored 14, Kody Winstead had 13 while Luke Baker chipped in 10.
Earle claimed the junior high contest 45-30. Dillon Turner led Riverside with 12 points.
Riverside closed out the week, winning a 59-58 nail biter over Marked Tree Friday night at Lake City. The Rebels (11-5, 4-1 2A-3) grabbed a 22-9 lead after the first period before settling on a 37-27 halftime advantage. Riverside carried a 49-40 lead into the fourth quarter before holding on for the win.
Kollin Stone led the Rebels with 20 points while Gavin Stone added 18 more. D'Angelo Griffin scored a game high 26 points to pace the Indians. Terry Carter tallied 12 while Tirek Young chipped in 10.
Marked Tree defeated Riverside 38-28 in the junior high game. Markel Perry led the Indians with 15 points while Ethan Cash paced the Rebels with 14.
Riverside returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Paragould to face Crowley's Ridge Academy in a 2A-3 conference tilt. The Rebels close the week Friday night when they journey to Cherry Valley to take on Cross County in another league matchup.