Bulldogs defeat Rebels 71-56; Lady Rebels earn conference wins over Rector, EPC
Earle continued its march through the 2A-3 conference, taking over sole possession of first place atop the league standings with a 71-56 victory over Riverside Friday night at Lake City.
The Bulldogs, now 9-1 in conference play, used a suffocating defense, forcing 20 Rebel turnovers including nine in the first period alone. Riverside took an early 5-2 lead, thanks to a Gavin Stone three pointer and an inside bucket from Brandon Sain, but the Bulldogs began forcing turnovers resulting in several easy buckets, giving the visitors a 26-13 advantage after the first break. Tevin Scott, Marcus Brown and Gerry Bohanon teamed for 18 of the Bulldogs first quarter points, including Bohanon's one handed tomahawk slam.
Earle stretched its lead to as many as 18 points in the second quarter, 34-16, after three pointers by Brown and Cortez Banks. But the Rebels showed grit, clawing their way back to pull to within 35-28 with 1:22 left before intermission. Sain sparked the Rebels 12-1 run, scoring seven points during the Riverside surge. Bohanon's inside bucket broke the Bulldog drought before Scott stole an errant Rebel pass and raced coast to coast, giving Earle a 39-28 lead with 35 seconds left in the half. Gavin Stone's 12-foot baseline jumper sliced the Bulldog advantage to 39-30 at intermission.
Riverside continued to whittle away at the Bulldog lead, closing to within 42-36 at the 6:23 mark of the third period. A pair of buckets by Kollin Stone and an offensive stick-back by Sain ignited the Rebel comeback.
Earle answered when B.J. Murray drilled a three pointer to up the Bulldog lead to nine points, 45-36. Earle built its advantage back to 53-40 at the 2:12 mark, but Gavin Stone's trey with just over 1:00 left in the period closed the deficit to 55-44 entering the final frame.
The Bulldog lead stayed in double digits until Kollin Stone sank a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 59-51 with 4:54 left to play, but that is as close as the Rebels would get.
Scott answered for Earle with an eight-foot floater and a pair of free throws, followed by a Brown steal and layup, giving Earle an insurmountable 65-51 lead with 2:29 to go. The Bulldogs coasted in the rest of the way, securing first place in the league standings.
Earle placed three players in double digits, led by Bohanon's 16 points. Brown scored 15 while Scott added 12. The Bulldogs finished 6-10 from the free throw line and drilled four three pointers on the night.
Kollin Stone scored a game high 21 points to lead the Rebels while Sain pitched in 15. Gavin Stone scored eight, Bret Snyder had five, Braden Overman tallied four while Kody Winstead chipped in three. Riverside made 17-20 foul shots and canned three treys.
In junior high action, Earle outlasted Riverside 55-50. LeAndru Milow and Tyree Elmore led the Bullpups with 17 points apiece. Darius Ciscero added 11.
Ethan Cash pumped in a game high 20 points to lead Riverside. Dillon Turner tallied 12 while Landon Moyer added 10 points. Keech Wilmoth scored five, Dillon Boatman tallied two while Corter added one.
Riverside fell to Rector 49-46 Tuesday night at Lake City, despite Kollin Stone's 25 point, 17 rebound effort. The Rebels led 12-7 after the first quarter, 24-17 at the half and 34-29 after three periods of play. But the Cougars, who hit 11 three pointers on the night including four in the fourth quarter, outscored Riverside 20-12 in the final period to rally for the victory.
Luke Baker had eight points, Gavin Stone scored seven while Brandon Sain and Kody Winstead added three points apiece.
Lawson Ford led the Cougars with 16 points while Nick Hardin and Landon Crancer added 13 and 12 points respectively.
In junior high play, Riverside defeated Rector 43-30. Ethan Cash topped the Rebels with 15 points while Landon Moyer tallied 10. Dillon Turner and Keech Wilmoth added seven points apiece while Dillon Boatman and Jesse Fry chipped in two points each.
The Rebels return to the hardwood Tuesday night, traveling to Marked Tree to take on the Indians in 2A-3 conference action. Riverside will close the week hosting Crowley's Ridge Academy Friday night in the Rebels annual homecoming game.
In senior girls action, Riverside slipped past Rector 36-30 Tuesday night before racing past Earle 55-41 Thursday night at Lake City.
Riverside (14-10, 6-5 2A-3) led 9-6 after the first quarter, 12-10 at the half and 23-17 after three periods of play in their victory over Rector. Haven Robertson led Riverside with 12 points while Skylar Kauke added 10.
The Lady Rebels won the junior high contest 45-17. Bailey Fisher led Riverside with 14 points while Briley Douglas chipped in 10.
Riverside placed three players in double digits in the Lady Rebel's 14 point victory over Earle. Gattlin Hale paced Riverside with 14 points, Haven Robertson scored 13 while Skylar Kauke added 10 points and seven boards.
In junior high play, Earle upended Riverside posting a 46-44 win. Bailey Fisher led Riverside (18-6, 9-2 2A-3) with 15 points.
Riverside will return to action Monday night, hosting Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference play. The Lady Rebels will travel to Lynn Thursday night for a nonconference matchup against Hillcrest.