Late fourth quarter surge sends Westside past Riverside
Westside outscored Riverside 14-0 over the final 5:18 of the fourth quarter, and went on to defeat the Rebels 72-54 in high school basketball action Friday night at Warrior Gym.
Chris Sain's three pointer at the 5:18 mark pulled Riverside to within 58-54, but Westside answered with a three pointer from Tanner Rowell, followed by a nifty drive to the hole for another bucket by Avery Felts, pushing the Warrior advantage to 63-54. After a Westside free throw, Felts scooped in two more, and the Warriors held a double digit lead with 3:37 remaining in the game. Riley Felkins and Dylan Schwarz sandwiched baskets around a pair of Cullen Felkins free throws to round out the Westside scoring surge, giving the Warriors their second win of the season over the Rebels.
The two teams battled on even terms throughout the first quarter and settled on a 12-12 tie heading into the second stanza. Westside got hot from beyond the three-point arc and drilled six three pointers, including three consecutive by Cullen Felkins in the second period, to take a 30-23 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Westside increased its lead to as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but the Rebels fought back, thanks to the three-point shooting of Dylan Austin, who connected on four bombs, including a triple with 29 seconds to go in the quarter to close the deficit to 50-44. Rowell's scoop shot with two seconds left in the period gave Westside a 52-44 lead heading into the final frame.
Riverside continued to inch closer and pulled to within 52-49 at the 7:08 mark when Sain muscled his way to a three-point play. Rowell drove the lane for a lay-up at the 6:56 mark to push Westside ahead 54-49. Stone answered for the Rebels with a short jumper to slice the Warrior lead to 54-51 with 5:30 showing on the clock, but that was as close as the Riverside would get.
Felts scored a game high 25 points for Westside, who placed four players in double digits. Riley Felkins tallied 18 while Cullen Felkins and Rowell chipped in 12 points apiece. The Warriors made 13-15 foul shots and knocked down 11 three pointers.
Sain pumped in 21 points for Riverside while Austin finished with 19, including six treys. Westside double teamed Stone the entire night and held the high scoring senior guard to just 12 points. Braden Overman chipped in two points. The Rebels sank four of nine free throw attempts and drilled 10 treys.
"We didn't guard good enough tonight," said Riverside Coach Buster Campbell. "We gave up 42 points in the second half and that's way too many. It was a three-point game with five minutes left and we just got killed after that. We took too many bad shots down the stretch, but the main thing is we have to learn how to guard somebody. Westside has a lot of weapons and they shot lights out tonight, but they got a lot of good looks. They played a lot better defensively than we did, and I'll take responsibility for that."
In the junior high contest, Westside bounced the Rebels 54-22. Grayson Emery led Riverside with 10 points, Gage Crews scored four, Ryan Austin and Ethan Boatman had two points apiece while Traven Weaver, Luis Tosca, M.J. Wilkinson and Grant Smith all chipped in one point each.
Riverside picked up a critical conference win on the road Monday night with an 85-82 victory over Osceola. Stone pumped in 30 points to lead the Rebels. Overman recorded a triple double, scoring 16 points while snaring 12 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. Sain tallied 15 while Austin finished with 12 points. Jon Milligan contributed eight while Landon Moyer and Brody Davis added two points apiece. Riverside hit 12-15 free throws and nailed seven three pointers.
Makai Caruthers and Michael Caruthers toped the Seminoles with 21 points apiece. Steveon Fowler scored 12 while Derrell Brown and Jonathan Stevenson added 10 points each.
Osceola took the junior high game 54-33. Crews paced Riverside with 15 points while Demo Bowers added nine. Austin, Boatman, Adams and Jacob Thomas all scored two points apiece while Smith added one.
Riverside returns to the hardcourt Tuesday night, hosting Harrisburg at Lake City. The Rebels take to the road Friday night, traveling to Wilson to face Rivercrest.