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Sweet Double As Wildcat Boy And Girls Down Elkart Central

December 11, 2012
South Bend Riley High School



ELKHART — Central coach Troy Noble left little doubt where things went awry in his team’s 62-58 loss to Northern Indiana Conference rival South Bend Riley on Friday at North Side Gym.

“You can’t expect to turn the ball over 20 times and beat anyone in the state of Indiana and you certainly can’t expect to win when you don’t give a full defensive effort,’’ Noble said. “There were times when it would have been better for us to just throw the ball into the stands rather then handing it to them for layups.’’

Central trailed by six with 1:38 to play in the game after Riley freshman Reontre Lawrence hit a tough layup on a fast break while being fouled. Lawrence’s free throw made it 57-51.

But the Blazers’ Travion Qualls drilled a 3-point shot to cut the lead to three, before Riley’s Ja’mare Washington’s tough rebound basket with 1:01 to play pushed the lead back to five.

Jaron Walters scored inside for Central to make it 59-56 with 47 seconds on the clock, before Riley’s Brock Cosey hit one-of-two from the free throw line — just the second miss of the night for the Wildcats — to make it a four-point lead.

But things were about to get really crazy for the Blue Blazers.

Senior Blake Brouwer hit a layup in traffic with 19 seconds on the clock to cut the Riley advantage to two. But the Wildcats quickly inbounded the ball and kept it away from Central.

After getting the ball past halfcourt, Riley made five passes before Qualls finally fouled Cosey with 0:03 on the clock.

Cosey buried both free throws to give the Wildcats their final margin.

“After our previous timeout, we were trying to set up a trap in the backcourt and get the ball out of Cosey’s hands,’’ Noble explained. “But once they got the ball upcourt and started passing, we just weren’t able to foul them until it was too late.’’

The loss drops Central to 2-3 on the year and 0-1 in the NIC, while Riley moves to 4-1 (1-0).

The Blue Blazers trailed by seven at halftime and nine early in the third, before a pair of 3-pointers by senior Terell Street and another by Qualls helped Central cut the lead to one late in quarter.

“We played hard and gave a good effort in the second half, but we have to start doing that from the opening tip rather than waiting till our backs are against the wall,’’ Noble said. “That’s just not acceptable and it won’t be tolerated.’’

Central had four players in double figures, led by 13 from Street, 12 from both Qualls and Walters and 10 from Brouwer. Qualls would finish with four 3-pointers, while Brouwer and Street each had two.

Cosey had a game-high 18 for Riley, while Williams had 15 — 12 in the first half.

In the night’s opening game, the Riley girls team won its second game of the season, beating Central 44-21.



Boys

SB RIley 62, Central 58

Riley — Torreay Harris 4-7 4-4 14, Micah Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Brock Cosey 6-17 6-7 18, Reontre Lawrence 6-10 2-3 15, Ja’mare Washington 2-4 2-2 6, Alan Redd 1-4 5-5 7, Joshua Hodge 0-1 0-0 0, JaQuan Walker 0 0-0 0, Keyshawn Winbush 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-48 (.411) 19-21 (.941) 62.

Central — Terell Street 4-7 3-4 13, Myran McKnight 1-4 0-0 2, Blake Brouwer 3-8 2-2 10, Jaron Walters 5-10 2-4 12, Derald Gray 0 0-0 0, Brian Harter 0 0-0 0, Tre Taylor 1-3 0-0 2, John Stahl 2-4 2-3 6, Larnell Jett 0 1-2 1, Travion Qualls 4-7 0-0 12. Totals: 20-43 (.462) 10-15 (.666) 58.

Scoring By Quarters

Riley 16 12 13 21 — 62

Central 13 8 17 20 — 58

3-point goals: Riley (3-10) — Harris 2-2, Lawrence 1-1, Williams 0-2, Cosey 0-4, Walters 0-1; Central (8-20) — Qualls 4-7, Street 2-3, Brouwer 2-6, McKnight 0-2,Walters 0-1, Taylor 0-1.

Rebounds: Riley (29) — Lawrence 9; Central (21) — Walters 7.

Assists: Riley (7) — Harris 3; Central (6) — Street 4.

Turnovers: Riley 12 Central 21.

Fouls: Riley 15, Central 18.

Officials: Ron Day, Tom Hiaz, Brian Allen.

Records: Riley 4-1 (1-0 NLC), Central 2-3 (0-1).

Next: SB Adams at Riley Tuesday; Central at Indianapolis Arlington Dec. 22.

Girls

SB RIley 44, Central 21

Riley — Kacie O’Neal 4, Savanna Dennig 6, Quadira Smith 6, Kerria Columbus 16, Jessica Rife 6, Imani Ballard 0, Danije Sylvester 6. Totals: 44.

Central — Tussanee Irving , Amanda Dibley 0, Ally Delks 1, Madison Vaught 2, Daitriona Bonds 3, Regina Ritchie 0, Khyana Sanders 7, Tiara Bonds 2, Tia Garnett 4, LaToria House 0, Jenai White 2. Totals: 21

Scoring By Quarters

Riley 6 14 11 13 — 44


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