Rivercrest earns hard fought win over Sr. Boys
Coach Chris Murray and this season’s Corning Senior boys Basketball team are like the prized movie fighter Rocky. They aren’t the biggest, fastest, most talented or deepest team in the state, but they sure don’t back down from anyone and most nights every team knows they are in for a battle with these pesky Bobcats. This young team and coaching staff have not given up on this season and it shows each night. Rivercrest came into town Friday, January 25th with a very talented squad and a much better record. None of that mattered because Corning came out swinging haymakers like a champ from the opening tip. It was a back and forth affair for nearly four full quarters of play. Neither team got a lead bigger than four points for 31 minutes of the full 32 minutes of gameplay. Early on it was a defensive slugfest and battle of wills. Corning took an early but slim 9 to 8 lead after one quarter of play. The press of Rivercrest with their quick athletes forced five Corning turnovers in the opening frame. The second quarter showcased a much stronger rebounding performance from the Cats. Coach Murray preaches blocking out and that is exactly what the Cats did. Corning outrebounded the Colts 10 to 5 in the second quarter and took a 19 to 15 lead into the locker room. Jayden Wiedeman sacrificed his body for three first half charges and blocked one shot in the same timeframe.
Rivercrest was a horrendous one for 11 from three point line in the first half; however the second half was a much different story for the Colts shooting efficiency. The Colts opened the third quarter hitting three consecutive three point shots and grabbed a 33 to 30 lead entering the fourth quarter. Corning never regained the lead in the fourth but kept it close all the way to the final seconds of the game.
The final score was a little deceptive, 43 to 55 in favor of Rivercrest. Corning was only down three with a minute left but just couldn’t knock down a shot late. The difference in the game was Rivercrest forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. The Colts scored 12 points in transition in the second half alone. Corning made 20 points in the paint for the game and led for 15 minutes of the 16 minutes in the opening half. Rivercrest turned the tables in the latter half leading for 13 minutes of the 16. Corning drew six charges and blocked three shots on defense. The balanced scoring attack continued for Corning with 10 players reaching the scorebook. Colby Briney and Dylan Woolard led the way scoring eight points each. Cade Briney chipped in seven points. Chandler Ringo netted five points. Lucas Barajas and Dylan Richmond added four points each in the loss.
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