Westside rolls past Rebels in WBC Tournament semifinal action
Riverside couldn't overcome a sluggish first quarter start, and fell 59-38 to top seeded Westside in semifinal action of the Williams Baptist College Tournament Thursday night at Walnut Ridge.
Neither team could find the basket in the early going until Westside's Cullen Felkins dropped in the first of his five three pointers on the night at the 4:11 mark, giving the Warriors a 3-0 lead. Westside went up 6-0 before Riverside put up its only point of the opening period on a Grant Mason free throw at the 1:54 mark.
Felkins continued his long range barrage in the second quarter, nailing three more treys as the Warriors built a 27-13 lead at intermission.
Riverside mounted a third period rally after falling behind by as many as 16 points. Mason popped back to back three pointers before Gavin Stone's driving layup whittled the Warrior lead to 33-25 with 4:29 left in the third quarter. A Westside turnover led to an inside bucket by Riverside's Luke Baker, and suddenly the Rebels were within 33-27 at the 4:16 mark. But Westside answered with an 11-0 run, sparked by freshman Avery Felts, and closed out the quarter with a 44-32 lead heading into the final frame.
Felts scored seven of his game high 20 points in the final period as Westside pulled away for a 21 point win and a spot in Friday's championship game against Walnut Ridge.
"That wasn't much fun," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We got off to a terrible start. We did make a nice run in the third quarter, cutting the lead to six, but we turned the ball over three straight times. Felts really hurt us in the second half. We let him drive too much. We didn't do a good job guarding Felkins in the first half. It wasn't one of our better efforts, but Westside had something to do with that. They guarded us well. Westside has a good team."
Joining Felts in double figures for the Warriors were Rico Mayo with 18 points while Felkins added 15, all on three pointers.
Mason topped the Rebels with 16 points while Stone chipped in nine. Gannon Crews scored five while Baker and Chris Sain added four points apiece.
Riverside began the tournament with a 60-56 victory Monday night over Sloan Hendrix. Stone led the Rebels (7-4) with 19 points and eight assists. Braden Overman produced a double-double, scoring 17 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Baker tallied seven, Sain contributed six, Crews had four, Mason netted three while Landon Moyer and Jon Milligan pitched in two points each.
Riverside also defeated Rector 53-36 in 2A-3 conference play Tuesday night at Lake City. The Rebels, who moved to 2-1 in league action, got 14 points and five assists from Stone. Baker pitched in 13 and pulled down eight boards while Mason added 10 points. Milligan had eight, Crews scored four while Sain and Dylan Austin added two points apiece.
Garrett Buck led the Cougars with 13 points.
Riverside will host the Gerald Jennings Invitational Tournament this week in Lake City. The Rebels will also play a pair of conference tilts, traveling to Earle Tuesday night before making a trip to Marked Tree to close out the week on Friday.