Wildcats fall to Rivercrest in Kell Classic semi-finals

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Trumann's Zach Buchanan and Rivercrest's Shamar Jones go after a loose ball during their semi-final game last Thursday in the Kell Classic. (DT Photo/Cosmo Cossey)

Trumann couldn’t hold off Rivercrest in the second half, especially with the loss of Ben Turner in the second quarter, as the Colts ousted the Wildcats with a 59-52 win in the George Kell Hall of Fame Classic last Thursday in Swifton.

Turner hit a baseline jumper and two free throws around a basket inside from the Colts to give the Wildcats a 4-2 lead early in the game. Rivercrest scored off the fast break to tie the game at 4 before Aaron Phelan canned a three-pointer for Trumann and MJ Barnes scored off the break to give the Wildcats a 9-4 lead with 4:04 left. The Colts hit one of two free throws, Zach Buchanan got inside for a score before Rivercrest scored back to back baskets to make it 11-9 Wildcats. Lewis Milton, III hit a jumper in the lane for Trumann, the Colts made back to back baskets only to see Turner score inside for the Wildcats to make the score 15-13 Trumann. Rivercrest scored inside, Mario Burks canned a three-pointer for the Wildcats, the Colts stuck back an offensive rebound, Burks hit a jumper for Trumann as Rivercrest netted a three-pointer late to make the score 20-20 after one.

Buchanan scored inside for Trumann only to see the Colts scored back to back baskets to take a 24-22 lead. MJ Barnes scored in the paint as Buchanan converted an old-school three-point play to give Trumann a 29-24 lead with 3:42 left. Rivercrest got a stick back basket, Milton scored inside for Trumann as the Colts got a steal and layup to make it 31-28 Wildcats. Phelan canned a three-ball for Trumann, Rivercrest hit a jumper, Buchanan scored down low before the Colts hit a jumper making the score 36-32 at the half.

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