Seminoles outmuscle Rebels 75-65
Osceola used a stifling defense and outmuscled Riverside on the boards in route to a 75-65 victory over the Rebels in 3A-3 conference action Tuesday night at Lake City.
The Rebels held an early 5-4 edge, but a three pointer by Makai Caruthers put the Seminoles on top for good, 7-5, at the 5:57 mark of the opening quarter. Osceola built its lead to 20-10 with just over a minute left in the first period, but high scoring senior guard Gavin Stone scored six straight, including a long fade away triple at the buzzer to help Riverside pull to within 20-16 heading into the second stanza.
Osceola continued to build on its lead in the second quarter behind Makai and Michael Caruthers, who combined for 15 points, helping the 'Noles to a 41-22 lead late in the first half. Chris Sain's offensive stick-back closed out the half and cut the deficit to 41-24.
Riverside trimmed the Osceola advantage to eight when Sain ripped a three-pointer midway through the third period, but the Seminoles scored eight of the next 10 points, all by the Caruthers brothers to build the Osceola lead back to double digits, 56-39, with 1:37 left in the quarter. Riverside fought back, scoring the last six points of the frame including four by Sain and two by Stone, to slice the Osceola lead to 56-45 heading into the final frame.
Osceola began the fourth quarter by going on a 9-0 run to take a 65-45 lead and put the game away. Dylan Austin scored 12 points in the final 1:35, but it was too little, too late, as the Seminoles gained a firm hold on first place in the conference standings.
Mikai Caruthers led Osceola with 20 points while Michael Caruthers scored 18. Steveon Fowler chipped in 17 and helped the Seminoles control the boards.
Sain paced the Rebels with 19, Stone scored 18 while Austin finished with 15 points. Jon Milligan tallied seven and Braden Overman chipped in six.
The junior high game went to Osceola, 66-31. DeAnthony Poole paced the Seminoles with 14 points.
Demo Bowers led Riverside with nine, D.J. Bowers had eight, Gage Crews and Traven Weaver pitched in six points apiece while Luis Tosca added two.
Gosnell spoiled Riverside's homecoming Friday night, 64-61. Tramaine Anderson poured in a game high 30 points to lead the Pirates while Brandon Partee added 12 more.
Riverside put four players in double figures, led by overman's 15 points. Stone scored 14, Austin had 13, Sain tallied 11 while Milligan chipped in eight points.
The two teams battled to an 11-11 tie after the first quarter before Riverside took a 29-27 edge at the half. The Rebels held a 44-43 edge entering the fourth period.
In the junior high game, Gosnell defeated Riverside 53-39. Demo Bowers topped the Rebels with 14 points while Crews scored 11. D.J. Bowers tallied six while Jacob Thomas and Ethan Boatman chipped in four points apiece.
Riverside travels to Osceola Monday night for a rematch with the Seminoles. The Rebels will journey to Marmaduke Tuesday night before closing the week with another road trip to Westside.