Lions smoke Rebels 70-29

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Manila player at the free throw line. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Riverside came up short in a pair of senior high basketball matchups last week, losing 70-29 Thursday night against Manila before dropping a 62-46 decision Friday at Gosnell.

In Thursday night’s game, Manila raced to a 25-13 lead after the first break. The Lions increased their margin to 43-19 at the half and pulled away for a 65-28 advantage after three periods of play.

Joel Burrow and Bradey Woodall poured in 22 and 16 points respectively while hitting four triples apiece to lead Manila. Brock Birmingham also put up double figures, chipping in 10 points. Abraham Lopez scored eight, Dalton Hitchcock had four, Daley Belew tallied three while Conner Belew, Brian Gonzalez and Coby Hollis all chipped in two points each. Michael Jorgenson contributed one point to round out the Manila scoring attack. The Lions struggled from the foul line, hitting just 14-24 attempts, but drained 10 three pointers on the night.

Demo Bowers led Riverside with 11 points. Landon Moyer scored seven, Dillon Turner had six, Steven Stroud netted three while Gage Crews and Carson Bell chipped in one point each. The Rebels dropped in 10-13 foul shots and canned three treys.

In junior high action, Manila outscored Riverside 57-46. Jake Baltimore topped the Lions with 17 points, Ty Wagner netted 16 while Brayden Mattingly added 10. Austin Harmon netted nine while Dax Davison chipped in five points.

J.M. Shinall topped the Rebels with 16 points while Traven Weaver and Ethan Boatman knocked down 12 and 10 points respectively. Grayson Emery netted six while M.J. Wilkinson contributed two points.

In Friday night’s game at Gosnell, Riverside fought to a 24-24 halftime tie. The Pirates squeezed ahead 39-37 after three quarters, but Gosnell outscored the Rebels 23-9 in the final frame to secure the win. Trajan Donnerson led the Pirates with 14 while Jordan Lewis added 12.

Riverside put three players in double digits, led by Ethan Cash, who scored 13. Turner and Keech Wilmoth chipped in 11 points apiece.

In the junior high game, Gosnell defeated Riverside 44-32. Braden Burcham paced the Pirates with 19 points while Boatman led the Rebels with 11.

Riverside returns to the hardcourt Tuesday night when they travel to Marmaduke before closing the week with a Friday night showdown at home against Westside.

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