Rebels earn trip to state
Gavin Stone scorched the nets, pouring in 40 points to help power Riverside to a dominating 77-55 win over Yellville-Summit in the quarterfinals of the 3A Regional Tournament Wednesday night at Lake City. The win gives the Rebels a spot in this week's state tournament at Bald Knob.
Stone broke the Rebel single season scoring record when he slung in a long three pointer as the first quarter horn sounded. The senior guard also moved into third place all time among Riverside scorers.
The Rebels jumped on the Panthers early with a full court press which forced a whopping 12 turnovers in the first period. Six of the thefts came at the hands of Stone, as the Rebels took a 21-9 lead at the first break.
Riverside continued to apply the defensive pressure in the second quarter, forcing five more Panther miscues to take a 35-21 advantage into the dressing room at intermission. Stone had an incredible nine steals in the first half and finished the night with 10 for a double-double.
The Rebels coasted in the quarter and held a 52-38 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Stone scored nine points in a two minute stretch in the final frame as Riverside pulled away to a 25 point lead on their way to a state tourney bid.
Chris Sain and Dylan Austin also hit double digits for the Rebels with 12 and 10 points respectively. Jon Milligan scored 6, while Braden Overman, Brody Davis, Hunter Swaim, and Keech Wilmoth all chipped in two points apiece. Landon Moyer added one point for the Rebels, who hit 17-23 foul shots and made four treys.
Cameron Curtis and Nash Dowden led the Panthers with 15 points each, while Jacob Gentry pitched in 12.
"I thought our press really hurt them tonight," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell. "We have five senior starters and they are a young team and that made a big difference tonight. Gavin was outstanding tonight. Nine steals in the first half, what can you say? We feed off him and he feeds off us. It's a team deal and he is a great player. His teammates have helped make him that and he's helped make them better players. When we play the way we did the first half we are not bad."
Riverside rolls past Marshall into regional finals
Riverside rolled over Marshall 69-40, earning a berth in the 3A Regional finals against Manila. The Rebels bolted to a 21-9 lead after the first break. The visiting Bobcats clawed back in the second period to trim the Riverside lead to 35-27 at the half.
Riverside stormed out of the gate in the second half, outscoring Marshall 24-5 to take 59-32 advantage into the fourth quarter. The Rebel lead climbed to 30 on a Moyer bucket with 5:57 to play and Riverside coasted the rest of the way.
Stone finished with a game high 23 points to pace Riverside. Overman had 12, Sain and Austin tallied nine points each, while Milligan and Moyer netted six points apiece. Davis added four points.
Andrew Phillips and Jacob Loggins led the Bobcats with 13 and 11 points respectively.