Sloan Hendrix nips Rebels in WBC finals

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Riverside Rebels, Williams Baptist College Tournament Runner-ups.

Sloan Hendrix rallied from an early deficit and stormed past Riverside 68-64 to claim the 58th annual Williams Baptist College Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday afternoon at Walnut Ridge.

Riverside exploded out of the gate to take a 22-2 lead, but the Greyhounds clawed back and cut the deficit to 28-14 after the first break. Sloan Hendrix continued to chip away at the Rebel lead, and closed to within 34-30 at intermission. The Greyhounds finally overcame the Rebels, taking a 46-45 edge into the final frame.

Sloan Hendrix clung to a three point lead before a Rebel bucket sliced the margin to a single point late in the game, but a last second Rebel turnover sealed their fate, allowing the Greyhounds to claim their sixth WBC title and first since 1976.

Sloan Hendrix (13-1) placed four players in double digits, led by Hunter Stallings' team high 16 points. Braden Brand had 13, Colby Johnson netted 12 while Tyler Murphy chipped in 10. Jacob Smith added eight points and pulled down a game high 15 rebounds.

Gavin Stone pumped in a game high 32 points to lead the Rebels, who fell to 11-3 on the season. Braden Overman added 10 points.

Stone was selected to the All-Tournament team, along with teammates Chris Sain and Dylan Austin.

The Rebels advanced to the finals with a 63-38 victory Friday night over Pocahontas. Stone torched the nets, scoring a game high 32 points, including five three pointers. Austin tallied 11 points and dished out seven assists. Sain pitched in six points, grabbed nine boards and blocked three shots. Overman tallied four points and handed out five assists. Jon Milligan contributed four while Luke Moyer added three points.

Clayton Hale topped the Redskins with 11 points.

In quarterfinal action, Riverside routed Rector 76-53. Austin paced the Rebels with 21 points while Stone added 20 points and six steals. Sain scored 10, Milligan tallied five while Moyer, Steven Stroud, Garrett Grimes and Jacob Wright netted three points each. Ethan Cash, Brody Davis, Keech Wilmoth and Carson Bell all chipped in two points apiece.

The Rebels, who drained nine three pointers on the night, raced to a 25-7 lead after the first quarter and held a 49-22 advantage at the half. Riverside took a 58-43 lead into the fourth period.

Kirk Beshears led the Cougars with 21 points while Hunter McNeely added 12.

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