Riverdale boys appear to be reloaded this season

Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2012, 10:51 pm
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By Aaron Dail
WOODHULL—Riverdale rebuilding?

It looked more like the Rams just reloaded on Tuesday night at the Ridgewood boys basketball tournament at AlWood High School.

Behind its only returning starter and senior point guard Jared Richmond (game-high 21 points, five assists, three steals), the Rams (2-0) rolled to their second victory in as many nights with a 69-40 beating of Abingdon.

"This is Jared's year to run the show and score more," said Riverdale coach Jason Hendrix, who said even he wasn't sure how the team would mesh with four new starters. "I don't want to call it rebuilding, we've just got to put it together. All summer, they have heard 'rebuilding' and I was curious to what we would see, I am impressed so far."

Riverdale jumped out to a 26-10 advantage after the first quarter as Richmond scored 10 of his points to pace the hot-shooting Rams who were 11-for-15 from the floor.

"We're getting into the same rhythm," said Richmond, who looked comfortable in his role as floor leader and team leader. "I don't have another year of this, I have to put it all out there."

The Rams never let up on the Commandos as they stretched their lead to 45-23 at halftime and held Abingdon scoreless for over eight minutes of the second half.

Riverdale also got big points off the bench from 6-foot-5 sophomore Cole Solomon, who looked strong in the post with 17 points and six rebounds.

ROWVA 63, Prophetstown 59:With just :35 to play, Prophetstown senior forward Zach Inskeep (13 points, six rebounds, three steals) grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in the basket to take a 59-57 lead.

ROWVA quickly countered with an Asa Stevenson (16 points, eight rebounds) bucket to tie it back up and that's when things went south for the Prophets in their season opener.

After inbounding the ball, Prophetstown's Josh Green (11 points) was called for traveling and ROWVA capitalized at the free throw line as Nelson England (14 points) sunk both of his freebies and the Tigers held off the Prophets.

"When push came to shove, we didn't finish it off," said Prophetstown coach Cordell Juhola. "Thirty five seconds and we lost the game. But the kids played a good game."

Prophetstown traded the lead on and off with ROWVA the entire game, much ado to the availability of Prophets senior sparkplug point guard Devin Johnson (12 points, five steals). He had four steals that he took coast to coast and was a constant pain in the side of the Tigers offense when he wasn't battling foul trouble -- including being called for atechnical for excessive celebration after the 5-foot-5 dynamo blocked a shot.

When Johnson sat for foul trouble, the Tigers offense seemed to get a lot better.

The Prophets' Carter Ames finished with a team-high 15 points.


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