Riverside edges O'Bannon in boys basketball

The conference game between the Riverside High School Bulldogs and the O’Bannon Greenwaves was a thriller. The final score was 60-57 in favor of Riverside.

Twenty-one of the 60 points the Bulldogs scored came from behind the three point line. Tuesday’s game was the first time the two teams meet this basketball season.

A teams will meet again on February 1.

The Bulldogs, who lost their last game to Leland by 3 points, beat the Greenwaves by three points.

The Bulldogs led most of the game by one or two points. In the first quarter ended with O’Bannon up by one point.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs scored 12 points to lift themselves to victory. Jonathan Richardson played a big role in Riverside’s success. Richardson scored 16 points and knocked down two big three pointers in the third quarter. Another Bulldog, Brennan Buchanan, stepped up on the night and scored 14 points. To make things even better Jonovan Tyler scored 19 points. Tyler, Richardson and Buchanan combined for 49 points.

O’Bannon Head Coach Torrione Carter said, “We have to be mentally ready to play the game and I feel that most times we are not. Basketball is not a game where you can just get up and turn it on. It's a sport where you put in the time and sacrifice and have a constant thought of it what it is you're trying to do.

“I think that coach Lewis and myself cover every aspect of the game and we talk about the mental part of it also. The thing we have to do is apply it on game night, and I think we will be fine.”

The Bulldogs improve to 6-6 and 1-2 in the district. The O’Bannon Greenwaves record is 3-9 and 2-2 in conference play.