Rebels hoopsters sweep Manila

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Riverside player shoots free throw.

Riverside outscored Manila 16-0 in the second quarter and went on to stun the Lions 49-34 in senior high boys basketball action Tuesday night at Lion Gym.

The Rebels held a 12-6 lead after the first break and increased their lead to 28-6 at the half as the Lions went ice cold from the field during the second stanza. Riverside took a 37-15 advantage into the final frame and coasted the rest of the way.

Luke Baker paced the Rebels with a game high 23 points while Grant Mason chipped in 10. Braden Overman scored nine, Gannon Crews had four while Gavin Stone pitched in three points. Riverside made 9-13 foul shots and connected on four three pointers.

Joel Burrow topped the Lions with seven points. Jake Helton and Conner Balew tallied six points apiece, Matthew May and Logan Hamilton netted five points each, Jeremiah May contributed four while Bradey Woodall added one point. The Lions hit 8-13 free throws and drained four treys.

Riverside traveled to Brookland Friday night and dropped a 49-35 decision to the Bearcats. Dalon Ford led Brookland with 15 points while Braxton Haff and David Ballard added 13 and 11 points respectively.

Chris Sain led Riverside with 11 points.

Riverside (15-14) will open 2A-3 District Tournament play as the number five seed. The Rebels will take on eighth seeded Rector Tuesday night at 7:00 in Marked Tree.

In senior girls action, Riverside rolled over Manila 60-39 Monday night at Lion Gym. The Lady Rebels held leads of 13-5 after the first quarter, 28-15 at the half and 44-25 entering the final frame.

Bailey Fisher ripped the nets, draining seven three pointers, to finish with a game high 21 points to lead Riverside. Haven Robertson dropped in 19 points. Hattie Milligan scored nine, Brittany Sain had six, Hannah Shinall tallied three while Madison Black added two points. The Lady Rebels made 7-10 free throws and buried 13 three pointers on the night.

Hannah Teague, who threw in a buzzer beater from mid court just before halftime to land on ESPN's Sports Center, topped Manila with 11 points. Taylor Harmon scored eight, Lauren Woody tallied six, Courtney Scott netted five while Jordyn Wheeler, Tessa Pannells and Courtney Merritt chipped in three points apiece. The Lady Lions hit just 4-14 foul shots. Manila drained seven three pointers on the night.

The Lady Rebels (20-11) enter 2A-3 District Tournament play as the number three seed and will take on the winner of Monday's BIC-Marked Tree game Thursday night at 7:00 in Marked Tree.

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