Cash's buzzer beater lifts Rebels over Bay
Riverside guard Ethan Cash has become a thorn in the side of the Bay Yellowjackets. The 5’10” senior guard has scored the winning bucket in both contests against Bay this season. After stunning the ‘Jackets with a steal and a layup earlier in the year at Bay, Cash stuck a dagger in the Yellowjackets once again Friday night at Lake City when he sank the game winning basket from 30 feet out as the horn sounded, giving the Rebels a thrilling 53-50 victory.
Riverside took a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and upped its margin to 25-13 at the half. The Rebels led 37-30 entering the final frame, and led by nine with just a little over 4:00 to go. But Bay put on a furious rally, sparked by Dax Gibson and Aaron Jolly, to take a two-point lead with 2:00 left. Cash hit a short baseline jumper to pull Riverside even, 50-50, with a little over a minute remaining. Bay missed the front end of a one and one, and then the two teams traded turnovers, giving Riverside possession with 12 seconds left on the clock. Cash dribbled beyond the top of the key as the clock wound down. At the one second mark, Cash launched his game winner, igniting Rebel fans and their bench while stunning the Bay faithful.
Moyer paced the Rebels with 16 points while Dillon Turner added 14 more. Cash ended his night with 13 points. Demo Bowers scored five, Steven Stroud had three while Keech Wilmoth added two points. Riverside hit 5-7 foul shots and drained eight three pointers.
Gibson scored a game high 26 to lead Bay while Tyler Hartgen added 10. The Yellowjackets struggled at the line, hitting just 3-8 attempts while drilling seven three pointers.
In the junior high contest, Riverside upped its record to 12-0 with a 35-27 win over Bay. M.J. WIlkinson led the Rebels with 12 points. Ethan Boatman scored eight, Trevor Mangrum tallied seven while J.M. Shinall and Grayson Emery chipped in four points each.
Paiton Hartley scored a game high 17 to lead the Yellowjackets.
Riverside will participate in the Williams Baptist University Tournament at Walnut Ridge, beginning Saturday, Nov. 25.