Rivercrest completes conference race undefeated with 64-56 victory over Manila

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Manila's Burch Milano looks to pass to an open teammate in senior high basketball action Friday night at Rivercrest.

Rivercrest completed the 3A-3 conference regular season with an undefeated slate, holding off archrival Manila 64-56 Friday night at Wilson.

Marcus Chew pumped in a game high 25 points, including a pair of buzzer beating three pointers to close out the first and third periods, sparking the Colts to the victory.

Dylon Carruth battles an unidentified Colt for a loose ball Friday night in junior high basketball action at Rivercrest.

Lion senior Thomas Davis nailed a three pointer to begin the game, giving Manila its only lead of the night. Rivercrest answered quickly when Chew knocked down a trey of his own, followed by four more three pointers from the Colts, who came out hot in the opening period of play. Chew added a second triple midway through the quarter to stake the Colts to a five point lead. But the Lions battled back, getting an offensive rebound bucket from Matthew May, followed by a May three pointer to close the gap to 13-12 at the 3:11 mark.

Rivercrest center Carl Williams buried back to back triples before Chew's 25-footer from beyond the three point arc put Rivercrest on top 21-12 after the first break.

The Colts built their lead to double digits in the second quarter, and closed the first half with a 33-20 advantage.

Manila's Kyle Joyner scored seven points in the closing minutes of the third period to slice the Colt lead to 38-31, but a driving bucket from Chew, followed by a Williams offensive tip-in, pushed the Rivercrest advantage to 40-31. Chew's fall-away three pointer as the third period horn sounded gave the Colts a 43-31 bulge heading into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was a free throw shooting contest with each squad going to the line 14 times apiece. Neither team shot especially well, connecting on just 50 percent of their foul shots in the final period. But it was good enough for the Colts to hang on for an eight point victory, as Rivercrest improved to 12-9 overall and 10-0 in league play.

Senior point guard Caleb Reinhart caught fire in the final quarter, scoring 14 of his team high 21 points, including two treys in the last stanza.

Joining Chew in double figures was Williams, who finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Rivercrest finished just 8-20 from the foul line while hitting six three pointers on the night.

Lion senior Kyle Joyner splits a pair of Colt defenders in Friday night's 3A-3 conference showdown at Rivercrest. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Joyner joined Reinhart in double digits for Manila with 11 points. Matthew May scored nine, Davis had six while Jake Helton and Burch Milano chipped in four points apiece. Seth Grissom added one point. The Lions connected on 15-28 foul shots and drained seven treys.

Rivercrest took the junior high game 66-50. The two teams were square after one quarter 11-11, before the Lions took a 26-20 lead at the half. The Colts fought back to knot the score at 41-all after three periods of play. Rivercrest outscored Manila 25-9 in the fourth quarter to take the win.

Kentavious Robinson scored a game high 24 points to lead the Colts while Derrick Johnson added 11.

Manila's Matthew May comes away with a loose ball in the Lion's 64-56 loss Friday night at Rivercrest.

Manila placed three players in double digits led by Logan Hamilton's 15 points. Joel Burrow score 14 while Bradey Woodall added 12. Brock Birmingham tallied six while Dylon Carruth chipped in three points.

Manila began the week with a 59-57 win Tuesday night over Piggott. The Mohawks held a 13-11 edge after the opening quarter but watched Manila rally to take a slim 24-22 lead at the half. The Lions stretched their advantage to 41-32 after three quarters before holding on for the two point win.

Davis paced the Lions with 17 points while Reinhart pitched in 15. Joyner scored seven, Matthew May and Helton netted six points apiece while Grissom added four. Milano and Timmy Smith chipped in two points each.

Brayden Brewer led Piggott with 17 while Nick McKinnie and Nick Harris added 11 and 10 points respectively.

Manila routed Piggott 64-32 in the junior high contest. Woodall led the Lions with 18, Hamilton scored 17 while Birmingham added 10. Carruth contributed eight, Burrow tallied four, Jacob Tarver netted three while Dalton Hitchcock and Trenton Thomas chipped in two points apiece.

Spencer Hardin led the Mohawks with 11 points.

Manila (13-9, 7-3 3A-3) returns to action Tuesday night with a road trip to Lake City where the Lions will face old foe Riverside. Manila will close the week with another road trip Friday night at Buffalo Island Central.

The Lady Lions defeated Piggott 52-47 Monday night on the road. Taylor Harmon pumped in a game high 21 points to lead Manila. Lauren Woody chipped in 13. Devyn Staples topped Piggott with 10 points.

Manila took the junior girls contest 46-29.

Manila closed out the conference season with a 66-36 loss to Rivercrest Thursday night at home. The conference champion Lady Colts got a double-double performance from Krystan Vornes who scored 20 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Jordan Elder had 11 points while Raya Henard finished with 10.

Taylor Harmon paced Manila with 17 points.

Rivercrest claimed the 3A-3 junior girls conference title with a thrilling 24-23 win over the Lady Lions.

The Lady Lions complete their regular season, traveling to Riverside Monday night to take on the Lady Rebels. Manila will tackle BIC Thursday night in the Lions Den.

The 3A-3 Junior District Tournament will begin Monday at Osceola. The Lady Lions will play Monday while the junior boys will open play Thursday night.

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