Marked Tree takes our Riverside in Gerald Jennings Tournament

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lady Rebels sweep pair of conference games

Marked Tree raced past an injury-plagued Riverside squad to post a 63-38 victory, eliminating the Rebels from the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament in first round action Monday night at Lake City.

Riverside, playing without injured starters Braden Overman and Gavin Stone, were outscored in all four quarters by the fourth-seeded Indians. Colby Malone led Marked Tree with 15 points while Nick Andrews contributed a double-double, scoring 12 points while grabbing 10 boards.

Luke Baker topped the Rebels with 15 points.

Riverside began the week with a 78-44 loss at Earle. The Bulldogs led 26-12 after the opening period, 44-22 at the half and 64-33 after three quarters.

Marquis Brown paced Earle with a game high 25 points. Baker led the Rebels with 14 points while Dylan Austin added 11. Chris Sain scored seven, Ethan Cash had six, Landon Moyer tallied three while Gannon Crews contributed two. Grant Mason chipped in one point to round out the Rebel scoring attack.

Earle took the junior boys contest 52-16. Devonte Murray topped the Bullpups with 13 points while Kevon Smith added 11.

Steven Stroud paced Riverside with nine while Latrell Brown added seven.

Riverside closed the week with a 72-56 loss to Marked Tree in 2A-3 conference play. D'Angelo Griffin led the Indians with a game high 23 points while Quentin Miles added 19.

Mason scored 21 to pace the Rebels while Baker added 17.

Marked Tree eased past Riverside in the junior high matchup 50-45. Jack Brown led the Indians with 24 points.

The junior Rebels lost a heartbreaking 52-47 overtime decision to Corning in the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament.

Corning took a 10-9 edge after the first quarter before the Rebels pushed ahead 23-21 at the half. Riverside increased its margin to 32-28 after three periods, but the Bobcats rallied, sending the game into overtime after the two squads finished regulation tied 45-all. Corning outscored the Rebels 7-2 in the extra period to advance to the semifinals.

Lucas Barajas led the Bobcats with 25 points while Josh Kimble added 13.

Brown paced Riverside with 20 points. D. J. Bowers scored eight, Stroud had seven while Demo Bowers chipped in six. Marquis Nelson and Ryan Austin pitched in three points apiece.

Riverside returns to action Tuesday night with a 2A-3 conference matchup against Crowley's Ridge Academy at Lake City. The Rebels will celebrate Homecoming Friday night in a conference game against Cross County.

Riverside closes the week with a first round NEA Tournament game Saturday afternoon against Manila. Tipoff is set for 4:30 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

The Lady Rebels swept a pair of conference matchups, defeating Earle 46-42 Tuesday night on the road before pounding Marked Tree 45-26 Thursday night.

Bailey Fisher pumped in 18 points in Riverside's victory over Earle. Haven Robertson added 11 while Hattie Milligan chipped in 10.

Earle took the junior girls game 44-20. Mallory Felton led Riverside with 13 points and five rebounds.

Robertson scored 12 points in Riverside's win at Marked Tree. Fisher finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points while snaring 11 rebounds.

The Lady Rebels won the junior high matchup 40-16.

Riverside plays host to Bay Monday night at Lake City in nonconference action before closing the week with a Thursday night 2A-3 conference home tilt against Cross County.

The Lady Rebels will begin NEA Tournament play Monday, Dec. 21, against Osceola. Tipoff is at 10:30 a.m. in the Convocation Center.

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