Riverside wash Warriors away in 75-41 win

Friday, November 23, 2007

Tribune Sports Staff

Riverside had little trouble with the Warriors Friday night at Lepanto, winning going away, 75-41.

"It was pretty much a disaster from the start," said coach Josh Hill afterward. "We had the most turnovers a team I've coached has had since I've been in coaching."

The first quarter pretty well set the tempo for the game as the Rebels built a 23-8 lead primarily on the shooting of Cody Richardson, who led Riverside with 20 points. Only in the second period did the Warriors seem to make a game of it as they won the quarter 16-12.

The third period was almost identical to the first, however, with a 22-8 score and a 57-32 lead going into the final quarter.

"We just didn't shoot well at all," continued Hill. "We played hard, but not smart. But right now we're not close to winning a game unless things change a lot. We're going to have to just try to keep getting better."

Chris Davis led the shooting effort for the Warriors with nine points, followed by Michael Medina with six. Hitting for five were Mark Medina, Dustin Beatty and Troy Hull. Anthony Turner finished with three while Bucky Chamberlin, Brett Hardin, Zac Brown and Hunter Richmond had two each.

Jr. Warriors 45, Jr. Rebels 38

"I think we've made a lot of improvement," said Hill. "We were looking pretty sloppy, but Friday night we cleaned it up a lot."

It seemed to take a quarter for EPC to get untracked as they dropped behind Riverside 5-3 at the break. But from the beginning of the second period until the halftime buzzer it was all Junior Warriors, 14-3. The third period was a 14-all dead heat while the final stanza saw Riverside hit their only two three-pointers of the game as they scored 17 to EPC's 14.

"A.J. (Turner) played really well and Ky (Madden) did a good job leading the team," Hill concluded. "We were in control the whole game, but didn't do a good job putting the thing away because of a lack of defense."

Turner led EPC with 16 points, while Darrius Barnes hit for 11 and Madden 10. Chaivey Freeman had six and Montana Betts finished with two.

The Warriors and Junior Warriors were in action again Tuesday night in a home contest against Corning.

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