EPC ends Rebels Regional Tournament hopes

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Riverside senior Luke Baker finishes off a two pointer in district tournament action Thursday night against East Poinsett County.

East Poinsett County scored the final seven points of the third quarter and went on to defeat Riverside 67-59 in the quarterfinals of the 2A-3 District Tournament Thursday night at Marked Tree. The loss ended the Rebels season and spoiled their chance for a berth in this week's regional tournament at Sloan Hendrix.

Riverside, which finished with a 16-15 record, led 17-12 after the first break thanks to back to back three pointers to close out the quarter by senior Luke Baker and Braden Overman. Overman's three point bomb came as the first period horn sounded.

Riverside built on its lead in the second stanza and took a 36-29 advantage into the dressing room at intermission. The Rebels led 46-40 after an offensive rebound bucket from Baker with 1:45 left in the third quarter, but the Warriors answered with a 7-0 run beginning with a J'Sebian Brown three pointer. Jamal Rodgers followed with an inside bucket before Brown capped off the quarter with a one-handed slam after a Rebel turnover as EPC took the lead 47-46 entering the final frame.

EPC continued its offensive surge in the fourth quarter, scoring the first eight points of the stanza to cap off a 15-0 run, putting the Warriors ahead 55-46 with 4:11 left in the game. Clay Malone and Des Barnes dropped in back to back triples to begin the period before Barnes closed off the offensive run with an inside bucket. The Warriors knocked down six of seven foul shots in the last two minutes to close out the win and advance to the regional tournament.

Baker led Riverside with 17 points while Gavin Stone and Grant Mason scored 14 and 13 points respectively. Overman tallied nine while Chris Sain chipped in six. The Rebels hit six of nine foul shots and drilled 10 three pointers.

Xzavier Reed led the Warriors with 19 points while Brown added 17. Keyon Dorsey also notched double digits, scoring 13 points. EPC made 15-22 charity tosses and nailed three treys on the night.

The Rebels advanced to the quarterfinals with a 64-47 victory over Rector Tuesday night. Baker poured in 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Riverside. Stone scored 14 points and handed out six assists while Overman netted 12. Mason tallied six while Jon Milligan chipped in five points and pulled down 10 boards. Hayden Carr added three points.

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