Harrisburg falls to Riverside in NEA Invitational Tournament

Friday, December 28, 2018
Harrisburg’s Layne Tucker goes in for a layup during NEA Invitational Tournament action last Thursday in Jonesboro. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Harrisburg fell behind early to Riverside in their opening round game and could never recover at the Hornets lost 56-29 to the Rebels last Thursday at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro.

Riverside jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Ryley Smith scored inside for Harrisburg to make it 6-2. The Rebels again scored six straight points as Layne Tucker went coast to coast for a layup to make the score 12-4 Riverside with 3:50 left. The Rebels scored inside, Caleb Neal and Tucker had back to back baskets for the Hornets only to see Riverside score back to back baskets to take an 18-8 lead after one.

Jake Sample hit one of two free throws as Harrisburg scored first points of the second quarter to make it 18-9. Riverside scored inside, Neal hit one of two free throws for the Hornets as the Rebels put back an offensive rebound and hit two free throws to make it 24-10 Riverside. Sample again hit one of two free throws for Harrisburg, Riverside hit a jumper, Tucker hit two free throws for the Hornets as the Rebels hit a baseline jumper and one of two free throws to push their lead to 29-13 with 1:30 left. Riverside added four more points before the quarter ended to make the score 33-13 at the half.

Full game story in December 27 PCDT!

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