Rebels crush Colts and Hornets

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Riverside senior basketball players and cheerleaders were recognized on Senior Night, Tuesday, Jan. 31. The 2016-2017 senior athletes were honored as they took the center floor escorted by family members as they were introduced by emcee Gale Yates, principal. Pictured are, from left: Back -- cheerleaders Dakota Hale, Samantha Lyles, Kaylee Fitzgerald, Angel Stephens, Gracie Wilson, McKenna Beach. Kneeling -- basketball players Gannon Crews, Dylan Davis, Garrett Grimes, Dylan Austin, Jon Marshall Milligan, Carlos Mata, Braden Overman, Chris Sain, Gavin Stone. Following the senior ceremony, the Riverside Rebels went on to defeat the Harrisburg Hornets in senior basketball.(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Riverside rode Braden Overman's second triple-double of the season, and went on to blast Rivercrest 78-55 in senior boys basketball action Friday night at Wilson.

Overman scored 16 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists as the Rebels broke open a close game at the half and soared to a 23-point win to improve to 23-9 overall and 10-4 in the blended conference.

Riverside held a slim 31-26 lead at the half before outscoring the Colts 25-16 in the third quarter to move ahead 56-42 entering the final frame. Gavin Stone led the Rebels in scoring, pumping in 21 points, while Dylan Austin chipped in 17.

Demilon Brown poured in a game high 23 points to lead Rivercrest. Kentavious Robinson and Aaron Hopewell added 11 and 10 points respectively.

The Rebels took the Senior B game in overtime, squeezing out a 46-44 win. In junior high action, Rivercrest downed the Rebels 45-36.

Riverside began the week by drubbing Harrisburg 84-56 Tuesday night at Lake City. Stone paced the Rebels with a game high 36 points. Jon Milligan also hit double digits, scoring 15 points.

Riverside led 20-11 after the first break, 42-26 at the half and 66-44 after three quarters.

Riverside Coach Buster Campbell calls a time out to talk to his team in senior high action as Riverside hosted Harrisburg Hornets. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Zack Biggers paced the Hornets with 16 while Gatlin Greeno and Gavin Casebier chipped in 15 and 10 points respectively.

Riverside claimed the senior B game 56-44 while Harrisburg took the junior high contest 36-27.

Riverside returns to action Tuesday night when they host Trumann. The Rebels close out the regular season Friday night against Brookland at Lake City.

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