Big fourth quarter sends Rebels past Colts 59-48

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Riverside guard Dylan Austin skies over a Rivercrest defender during senior high basketball action Tuesday night at Lake City.

Riverside picked up a crucial conference victory with a 59-48 victory over Rivercrest Tuesday night at Lake City.

Riverside held a slim 14-12 edge after the first quarter, thanks to a 12-foot pullup jumper by Chris Sain to close out the period. The Rebels stretched their lead to seven on a Jon Milligan lay-in, off a nice Gavin Stone feed, to lead 19-12 midway through the second stanza. But the Colts fought back, getting a three- point play from Demilon Brown, followed by Kentavious Robinson's free throw that knotted the score at 22-all with 1:48 left before halftime. Robinson gave the Colts their first lead since early in the game by dropping in a seven-foot floater, but Riverside evened the score on Braden Overman's lay-in as the two teams headed to the dressing room tied at 24 apiece.

Riverside went on a 6-1 run to begin the third quarter. Stone buried a long three, followed by a midrange jumper from Sain. Stone's driving lay-in had the Rebels on top, 31-25, at the 5:10 mark of the third period. The Colts answered, getting a three pointer from Aaron Hopewell, and consecutive offensive stick-backs from Brown and Derrick Johnson to close the Riverside lead to a single point, 33-32. Robinson scored on an inside bucket to put Rivercrest on top, 34-33, and the Colts capped off a 12-2 run with another Hopewell trey to go ahead 37-33 with 1:40 left in the third. The Rebels tied things up when Overman and Dylan Austin delivered back to back baskets, evening the game at 37-all entering the fourth quarter.

Riverside senior Jon Milligan head fakes a pair of Rivercrest defenders during the Rebels' 59-48 victory over the Colts Tuesday night at Lake City.

Riverside applied its full court press to begin the final frame, and forced eight Colt turnovers in the first two minutes to take a 45-37 lead. The Rebels went up double digits on Milligan's offensive stick-back at the 3:09 mark and coasted in the rest of the way for the win.

Riverside placed three players in double figures, led by Sain's game high 19 points. Stone scored 15 while Overman added 11. Austin had eight, Milligan netted four while Landon Moyer chipped in two points. The Rebels hit 12-20 foul shots and nailed three treys.

Robinson topped the Colts with 15 while Brown added 14. Rivercrest struggled from the line, hitting just 8-17 free throws while making two three pointers.

Rebel Landon Moyer prepares to launch a free throw during Riverside's 3A conference victory over Rivercrest Tuesday night at Lake City.

Both teams struggled holding onto the ball, with the Rebels committing 20 turnovers while Rivercrest turned the ball over 22 times, including 11 in the decisive fourth quarter.

"We did what we had to," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "I wasn't particularly happy with the way with played. We let them get to the hole on us too much. We did a better job defensively in the second half, finally got the lead and began to hit some shots. It was a good win for us."

In junior high action, Riverside downed Rivercrest 53-47 in a two-overtime thriller. The Colts led 10-5 after the first period and 20-14 at the half. Riverside battled back to take a 29-27 edge heading into the fourth quarter. The Rebels led by seven with 41 seconds left, but the Colts stormed back to take a two point lead with five seconds to go. D.J. Bowers was fouled, and the Rebel freshman calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime. The first extra period ended with the score tied at 44-all before Riverside outscored the Colts 9-3 in the second OT to claim the victory.

D.J. Bowers led Riverside with 17 while Demo Bowers and Gage Crews added 13 and 11 points respectively. Luis Tosca netted five, Ryan Austin tallied four while Jacob Thomas pitched in three points to round out the Rebel scoring.

Shamar Jones, Kam Turner and Lavonte Taylor led Rivercrest with 10 points apiece.

Riverside returns to action Tuesday night with a road trip to Brookland before traveling to Manila to close out the week Friday night at Lion Gym.

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