Jordan fends off comeback-bent Riverside in PAC-6 showdown
Basketball can be so cruel.
The Riverside boys’ PAC-6 game against visiting Jordan on Senior Night could have just concluded with a numbing double-digit loss.
Instead, the Pirates fought back from a double-digit deficit with four minutes remaining only to lose in heartbreaking fashion in overtime, 77-74, on Friday.
Jordan started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 59-46 lead. That lead hit its apex as Arthur Reese scored with four minutes remaining in regulation to give the Falcons a 14-point lead.
Few things would go right for Jordan as regulation concluded. The Falcons missed their next six free throws as the Pirates battled their way back into the game.
C.J. Carpenter hit a jumper, followed by Matthew Mangum’s and-1 play to cut the Pirate’s deficit to nine points with 2:42 left in the game.
Joey Cabrera, the Pirates’ senior scoring leader, scored on Riverside’s next possession to make it a seven-point game. A Cabrera free throw and Markeise Crutchfield’s low-post basket made the score 67-63 with 1:23 left.
After a Jordan miss on the front end of a one-on-one free throw, Eric Peaks made two from the charity stripe to make it a two-point game for Riverside.
“We shot ourselves in the foot by missing free throws,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “And you have to give credit to Riverside, they scored after every missed free throw.”
Another missed free throw by Jordan led to a Riverside shot that took the air out of the building. With 0:50 left in the game, Peaks banked-in a shot from 25 feet away to give the Pirates a one-point lead.
Tyreek Frye finally made a free throw for Jordan to tie the game up at 68-68 with 28.4 seconds remaining in the game.
Riverside turned the ball over on the other end of the floor with only seconds remaining. Justin Johnson hustled back on defense and saved the game for Riverside by taking a charge to send the game into overtime.
In the overtime, if it was not already apparent, Riverside seemed like the team destined to win. Carpenter hit a three-pointer with 1:15 left in the period to give the Pirates a two-point lead.
Mike Lee then scored on Jordan’s next possession to tie the game. After a Riverside turnover, Reese made the go-ahead basket to give Jordan a 76-74 lead.
As the game clock ticked down to under 10 seconds, Carpenter’s pass to Cabrera was tipped, and bobbled around between Cabrera and a Jordan defender only to pop into Cabrera’s hands right in front of the basket, giving the senior an open layup to tie the game.
The shot was rushed, it fell short and the rebound went to Frye, who then was fouled, essentially ending the game with 7 seconds left.
In the girls’ game, the Pirates’ seniors gave it their best to lead the team at the end, but ultimately fell 28-27 to the Falcons.
Salita Greene led all scorers with 11 points for Jordan.
Jordan 77, Riverside 74
Jordan 18 18 18 14 9 — 77
Riverside 12 12 22 22 6 — 74
JORDAN — Josh Thompson 17, Mike Lee 14, Julian Reese 13, Arthur Reese 12, Chris Braswell 9, Taqwain Bell 7, Tyreek Frye 4, Mike Spears 1.
RIVERSIDE — Markeise Crutchfield 19, Joey Cabrera 17, Dexter McCrae 13, Eric Peaks 13, Justin Johnson 4, CJ Carpenter 5, Michael Hodge 3.
3-point FG — Jordan 4 (A. Reese 2, Thompson 1, J. Reese 1); Riverside 4 (Peaks 2, Cabrera 1, CJ Carpenter 1)
Records — Jordan 15-6, 6-2 PAC-6 4-A; Riverside 11-11, 3-5 PAC-6.
Jordan 28, Riverside 27
Riverside 2 5 5 15 — 27
Jordan 2 14 5 7 — 28
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 6 (2 assists), Andrea’Anna Poole 3 (2 assists), Shayla Moody 2, Yakima Clifton 6 (5 rebounds, 4 blocks), Atlanta Woodall 5 (4 steals), Kiara Jacobs 4 (2 assists), Moné Jones 1 (5 rebounds).
JORDAN — Jazmyne Norwood 4, Millicent Blivin 6, A’sonté Rochelle 1, Rachel Ruderman 3, Lizz Layne 2, Salita Greene 11.
Records — Riverside 13-7, 5-3 PAC-6 4-A; Jordan 12-8, 6-1 PAC-6.