Black Friday is good for merchants. But the second quarter was a black Friday of a different sort to Lebanon’s boys last night.
Riverdale outscored the Blue Devils by two touchdowns in the period to a 72-56 victory in the Modern Woodmen Thanksgiving Classic at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Lebanon led briefly during the first quarter which ended in a 19-19 tie. But Riverdale reeled off a 24-10 second to go up 42-29 at halftime and the Blue Devils did little more than play evenly in the second half in dropping to 2-1.
“They had a couple of guys who shot the ball well from the perimeter and we didn’t do a good job executing the game plan as far as defending it,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said. “We didn’t do a good job executing offensively in halfcourt and in transition.
“I’ve got to do a better job getting our guys ready to play.”
Riverdale sank 16 of 19 first-half shots [84 percent] and controlled the glass as well as the Warriors hit 11 threes in moving to 3-2.
“They hit us in the mouth in the second quarter and we didn’t respond,” McDowell said. “They dominated from the boards. They outrebounded us by .”
Steve Wilson sank four three-pointers in racking up 20 points for Riverdale while Jalen Campbell collected 16.
DaShawn McMurry fired in five triples in leading Lebanon with 21 points while Drake Allen added nine, KeShawn Abston eight [including a pair of threes], Corvell Huddleston four, Eddie McDaniels and Paul Tribble three each and Kadarian Garnett [slowed by a head injury sustained a week ago], Jemel Officer, Dawson Hamilton and Mickell Taylor two apiece.
Lebanon will return tonight to close out the Classic with a 7:30 p.m. tip against Livingston Academy. Riverdale will take on White County at 3.
Central succumbs to Tyner in opener
MURFREESBORO — The combination of playing a season opener, a Thanksgiving hanogover, an early start time and, perhaps most importantly, a good opponent didn’t add up in Wilson Central’s favor early Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats opened their season with a 64-45 setback to Tyner Academy in the Venture Express Classic at Siegel.
The Rams held a 13-12 first-quarter edge before dominating the second 20-7 to go up 33-19 by halftime.
“Didn’t play very well,” said Central coach Troy Bond, whose Wildcats will return today for a 3 p.m. game against Oakland. “Didn’t shoot it very well at all [17-of-47].
“Tyner’s very good, probably a state tournament team. We just struggled offensively today. We didn’t have any consistency on either end of the floor. Their pressure bothered us at times [15 turnovers to the Rams’ three].”
The ‘Cats did control the glass 33-26.
Jacob Williams threw in 13 points from the Central backcourt while Ben Palmer posted up for 10, with a team-high eight rebounds, inside. Matthew Hall had nine points, Jon Rosshirt and A.J. Franklin six each and Cortez Owens a free throw.
Bears win a pair to reach LaVergne final
LAVERGNE — Mt. Juliet won a pair of games in the O’Charley’s Showcase on Friday.
John Mark Bell had a 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bears to a 52-41 win over Ravenwood yesterday morning. James Womack and Daniel Schroder had 12 points apiece while Reagan Johnson and Nolan Chowbay added eight and seven points, respectively.
Ravenwood led 22-21 at the half, but the Bears outscored their opponent 14-7 in the third period to grab a 35-29 lead and held on.
The Bears' second game of the day - against the host school - was even tighter.
Chowbay had 22 points and Ben Harned added a pair of free throws in the waning moments as Mt. Juliet beat La Vergne 62-59.
Harned's free throws were his only points of the game, but they were awfully big. They gave the Bears a three-point cushion, forcing LaVergne to try a game-tying three-pointer. The shot missed, and Mt. Juliet (3-2) had its second win of the day.
Johnson and Womack added 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Schroder and Bell had eight and seven.
Mt. Juliet will go back to the tournament today, where the Golden Bears will play Brentwood at 1:30 p.m. for the championship.