Riverside had five players score in double figures while dominating Newman 90-60 on Saturday to remain undefeated in District 10-2A.
The Rebels never trailed.
Midway through the second quarter, Newman (13-12, 4-1) made a trio of 3-pointers to cut the lead to nine. It would be the closest the Greenies got. Malik Crowfield buried two consecutive 3-pointers of his own to extend the lead back to 15.
Rebels coach Timmy Byrd said his team was ready for their offensive attack.
“They put together a nice run during the first half, but that is to be expected from them,” Byrd said. “The great thing about the guys is that they are capable of defending when they have too. We shoot a lot of shots. When you shoot that much, you have to play defense.”
Joe Anderson, who recently signed to play football for Ole Miss, was unstoppable in the paint for the Rebels. His 16 points and 15 rebounds established why Riverside (20-6, 6-0) is atop of their district.
“He is our only true big man and extremely important to our team,” Byrd said. “We go only as far as Joe takes us. He is a freakish athlete and he has an extremely high basketball IQ.”
Newman had no answer for the fast pace of the Rebels offense. Jared Butler scored 15 points and made four steals. Von Julien also got into the action early in the second half. He scored all of his 12 points in the third quarter.
“We knew we had to come out and play well tonight,” Byrd said. “We haven’t had smooth games recently, so this one was important. We got our guards in rhythm early and it propelled the team.”
The Greenies trailed at halftime 53-34 despite going on a 10-2 run to end the second quarter. Riley Demps scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half. Demps went a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc during the 3-minute span. Peter Drennan also put in 11 points in the second quarter. He finished with a team-high 19 points.
Newman and Riverside each scored 26 points in the second quarter.
However, the Greenies were outscored 27-8 and then 28-9 in the first and third quarters.
Riverside proved to be too much for Newman on the glass; dominating rebounding 38-15.
The Rebels put together a total team effort and had five players in double figures. Jordan Andrews scored 18 points and was consistent from long range the entire game. Von Julien added another 12 points. Ido Caspi contributed 10 points and three rebounds.