Rebels begin NEA Tourney with win over Bobcats

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Rebel basketball coach Buster Campell tries to get his team's attention during a time-out Tuesday night in senior boys basketball action. Westside defeated Riverside 50-38.

Westside outscored Riverside 16-7 in the third quarter and rallied past the Rebels 50-38 Tuesday night at Lake City.

Riverside jumped out of the gate and enjoyed an early 7-0 lead after a three pointer by Dylan Austin, but the Warriors fought back, getting a pair of three pointers from Cullen Felkins to pull within 14-11 after the first break. Both teams struggled to find the basket in the second stanza before the Rebels closed the half clinging to a 22-21 lead.

Felkins gave Westside a 24-22 advantage when he opened the third quarter with a three point bomb. Avery Felts connected from beyond the arc on the Warrior's next possession to put Westside ahead by five. Gavin Stone answered for the Rebels, sinking a long three pointer before following up with a steal and lay-up to knot the game at 27-all at the 3:58 mark.

The two teams traded buckets before Tanner Rowell gave the Warriors the lead for good with 1:59 left in the third. Felkins drained another three pointer before Riley Felkins buried a trey as the horn sounded, ending the third period, to put the Warriors on top 37-29. Westside continued to pull away in the final frame behind Felts and Riley Felkins, who combined for 11 fourth period points.

Riverside eighth grader Ethan Boatman (54) eyes the basket as he readies to shoot free throws Tuesday night in junior high basketball action at Lake City.

Chris Sain led Riverside with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Austin scored 10, Stone had nine, Jon Milligan tallied three while Braden Overman chipped in two points. The Rebels shot just 30 percent from the field and connected on 5-8 foul shots.

Riley Felkins paced the Warriors with 16 points while Cullen Felkins finished with 15, including five three pointers. Felts also added 15 for Westside. The Warriors hit 1-2 free throws and drained eight three pointers.

In junior high action, Westside broke open a close game with a fourth quarter surge to down the Rebels 51-32. Logan McPherson led the Warriors with 18 points while Porter Hutchinson added 15.

Jacob Thomas led Riverside with nine, D.J. Bowers scored seven, Demo Bowers netted six, Ryan Austin and Gage Crews had four points apiece while Ethan Boatman chipped in two points.

Riverside pounded Harrisburg 70-57 Friday night on the road. Stone pumped in 27 points to lead the Rebels while Sain added a double-double, with 17 points and 10 boards. Austin tallied 16 while Milligan chipped in 14 rebounds and eight assists.

The Junior Rebels beat up on Harrisburg 39-25. D.J. Bowers led Riverside with 16 while Demo Bowers added 10 points.

Riverside opened NEA Tournament play with a 69-45 win over Walnut Ridge on Saturday. Stone pumped in 26 of his game high 30 points in the first half to lead the Rebels.

Riverside returns to action Wednesday night in the second round of the NEA Tournament. The Rebels will face the winner of the Mammoth Spring-Marmaduke game with tipoff set for 7:30.

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