East Poinsett County continues hot run with 61-50 win at Riverside
East Poinsett County outscored Riverside 18-4 in the third quarter, sparking the Warriors to a 61-50 come from behind victory over the Rebels in 2A-3 conference action Tuesday night at Lake City.
Riverside took a slim 17-16 edge after the opening quarter behind the scoring of senior forward Brandon Sain, who pitched in seven first period points. Sain's three point play at the 1:48 mark gave the Rebels a one point lead. The Warriors hung close, spurred by the offense of Clay Malone, who also had seven points in the opening stanza.
Riverside opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run. Luke Baker scored four while Sain chipped in two to push the Rebel lead to 23-16. EPC bounced back and closed to within one point on three different occasions, before Kody Winstead connected on a spin move inside the lane, giving the Rebels a 29-26 advantage with 2:08 left before intermission. After the two teams swapped free throws, Gavin Stone banked home a three pointer at the buzzer to put Riverside on top 33-27 at the half.
The third quarter belonged to the Warriors, who opened the period on a 10-2 run, capped off by Dez Barnes' three point play, to take a 37-35 lead at the 2:46 mark. Kollin Stone answered for the Rebels with a five foot leaner to tie the game, but EPC surged ahead for good, scoring the last eight points of the quarter to take a 45-37 advantage into the final frame.
The Rebels could get no closer than five points in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors continued their hot streak which began with their NEA Tournament championship.
EPC placed four players in double figures, led by Malone, who pumped in a game high 21 points. Barnes scored 13, Xzavier Reed tallied 12 while T.J. Young pitched in 11. The Warriors made 15-21 free throws and nailed four three pointers on the night.
Riverside was led by Kollin Stone's 13 points. Sain and Luke Baker netted 11 points apiece, Winstead had eight while Gavin Stone chipped in seven. The Rebels were 14-22 from the foul line and made a pair of treys.
"EPC came out in the third quarter and played good defense," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We just couldn't get anything going. We had some shots but we didn't get them to go down and we made too many turnovers. EPC is a good club and they are playing well. They are on a roll. I thought we had them in trouble in the first half but they fought back. We just didn't play very well in the second half."
"We were able to close out in the second half tonight, which really speaks to our maturation as a team," said Warrior Head Coach McKenze Pierce. "I thought our press bothered them, sped them up, and got them out of what they wanted to do. We came out and played solid defense in the second half. When you hold a team to four points in a quarter, you are usually going to win the game."
In junior high play, EPC downed Riverside 48-38. Isaiah Taylor led the Warriors with 13 points while T.J. Burk added 12.
Eathan Cash and Dillon Turner topped the Rebels with 11 points apiece. Keech Wilmoth and Dillon Boatman scored six points each while Landon Moyer added four.
Riverside bounced back Friday night at Lake City to claim a 55-49 conference victory over Marmaduke. The Rebels (15-7, 7-2 2A-3) got 19 points from Gavin Stone, 14 from Kollin Stone and 11 from Luke Baker.
In the junior high contest, Riverside evened its record to 10-10 overall while improving to 6-3 in league play, slipping past Marmaduke 43-40. Landon Moyer led the Rebels with 20 points while Dillon Turner chipped in 11 more.
Riverside returns to action Tuesday night, traveling to Monette, to take on Buffalo Island Central in a key 2A-3 conference battle. The Rebels will close the week with a road trip Friday night at Bay.