Colts fight off Lions 54-47
Rivercrest held off a fourth quarter Manila charge, despite hitting just three of 15 free throw attempts in the final period, to come away with a hard fought 54-47 victory over the Lions in a key 3A-3 conference battle Friday night at Manila.
The Lions trailed 43-40 early in the fourth quarter before senior guard Caleb Reinhart buried consecutive three pointers to put the Lions on top 46-44 with 3:53 left in the game.
The Colts evened things up with a short jumper from Keshundra Johnson at the 3:39 mark. After a Lion miss on their next offensive possession, Rivercrest center Carl Williams skied high for an offensive stick-back, giving the Colts the lead for good, 48-46.
Williams then came up big on the defensive end, blocking a Seth Grissom shot from close range, giving the ball back to Rivercrest. Cecil Langston's inside bucket with 55 seconds to go upped the Colt advantage to 50-46. Williams added a free throw on Rivercrest's next possession, and the Colts put an exclamation mark on their victory when Marqez Chew slammed home a one handed rim rattler in the closing seconds.
The Colts took a 20-11 lead after the first quarter as five different players got in the scoring column. Three pointers by Thomas Davis and Reinhart had tied the game at 11-all midway through the period before the Colts closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, capped off by Williams' three point play.
Manila caught fire from three point land in the second quarter, drilling four treys, including three consecutive bombs to close the half out, trailing Rivercrest by the slimmest of margins, 29-28 at halftime.
Matthew May began the third quarter, draining Manila's fourth straight three pointer, giving the Lions a two point edge. But Chew answered with a triple of his own to put the Colts up 32-31. Thomas Davis nailed a three pointer at the 4:44 mark to tie things up at 36-all, but Chew's 17-foot hanging jumper gave the Colts the lead back as they entered the final frame ahead 41-38.
Williams and Chew topped the Colts with 16 points apiece. Rivercrest hit just eight of 20 foul shots on the night and made two three pointers.
Reinhart and Davis led the Lions with 12 points apiece. May and Patrick Tanner had seven points each. Kyle Joyner scored six while Grissom added three points. Manila hit five of nine foul shots and poured in 10 three pointers on the night.
In junior high action, Manila outlasted Rivercrest 63-53 to improve to 11-6 overall and 4-1 in league play. Joel Burrow drained five three pointers and finished with a game high 25 points. Dylon Carruth scored 14, Bradey Woodall tallied nine, Dalton Hitchcock scored six, Brock Birmingham had five while Annan Garrett and Logan Hamilton chipped in two points apiece. The Lions were 10-15 from the line and drilled nine three's.
Kentavious Robinson led the Colts with 16 points.
The Lions return to action Friday night, playing host to Hoxie in 3A-3 conference play.
In senior girls action, Rivercrest downed Manila 78-51 Thursday night in Wilson. Krystan Vornes led the Lady Colts with 26 points and 11 rebounds while Raya Henard added 17 points and 12 boards. Jordan Elder also scored 17 points for Rivercrest.
Taylor Harmon topped the Lady Lions with 16 points.
In junior high action, Rivercrest slipped past Manila 31-29. Jordan Tyler led the Lady Lions with 16 points while Andi Baker added nine. Courtney Merritt and Meg Gifford chipped in two points apiece.
Manila returns to action Thursday night, traveling to Hoxie for a league game against the Lady Mustangs.