Hughes, Pirates get memorable win over Rockets
It was the last home game for Riverside senior Al Hughes, and he put on a show.
Hughes’ game-high 20 points was the punch Riverside needed to handle Roxboro Person 65-42 in PAC-6 boys’ basketball Tuesday.
“A lot of people came to see me,” Hughes said. “I felt like I had to have a good game.”
Did he ever.
Riverside still is without injured freshman point guard Justice Kithcart, so Riverside coach Brian Strickland tweaked the Pirates’ offense and put the ball in Hughes’ hands.
“He’s really responded well, for sure,” Strickland said.
Strickland said he challenged his players to approach Person with a commitment to defense, which is a game plan that makes sense considering the weapon the Rockets have in senior Tyrone Outlaw Jr., who has committed to play for UNC Greensboro.
Keeping Outlaw off the scoreboard takes some doing, and Riverside held him scoreless through the first period for an 11-8 lead.
Hughes, on the other hand, didn’t see a shot he didn’t like, and the rim was friendly.
By the time halftime rolled around, Hughes nearly had outscored Person with his 13 points, which included three 3-pointers.
Outlaw had a basket and two free throws, his team trailing 22-14 at the break.
Riverside’s Jake Kusz started the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers before Outlaw spun along the baseline for a jumper.
Good things kept happening when Hughes had the ball.
Outlaw, who scored 31 against Jordan on Friday, wasn’t himself offensively, although Riverside was having a tough time handling Devin Scoggins in the paint.
Strickland said the Pirates tried to make things difficult for Outlaw, who still led his team with 15 points.
“Great players still get theirs,” Strickland said.
“They had a scheme and we didn’t,” Outlaw said. “I wasn’t exactly shooting the best. It wasn’t exactly falling, but I’d say they played good defense. No excuses.”
Person coach Charles Dacus agreed.
“Nothing was going our way,” Dacus said. “We couldn’t hit shots. We couldn’t catch the ball at times.
“Hats off to Riverside. They played with a lot of emotion on senior night.”
Hughes made it a memorable one.
Riverside (B) 65, Person 42
PERSON — Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 15, JaShawn King-Barnett 2, Devin Scoggins 8, Jerry Smith 2, Trey Tapp 3, Logan Coats 4, Marquis Torain 5, Jeff Hamlette 2, David Lamb 1.
RIVERSIDE — Mark Harris 2, Jordan McCain 5, Al Hughes 20, Joey Cabrera 12, Dexter McCrae 1, Jake Kusz 8, Darius Wright 3, Jordan Jones 2, Mike Tillotson 12.
Records—Person 13-10, 7-4 PAC-6; Riverside 9-14, 3-8.
Riverside (G) 50, Person 12
DURHAM — The Riverside girls built on a 14-0 second-period run on their way to a 50-12 win over Person.
Person also failed to score a basket in the fourth period.
Moné Jones had a game-high 10 points to go with nine by Yakima Clifton and eight by Zaria Rogers.
Tiana Hatchett led Person with six points.
PERSON — Hannah Riley 3, Tiana Hatchett 6, Janeesha Graves 2, Autumn Smith 1.
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 8, Andrea’Anna Pool 4, Shayla Moody 4, Yakima Clifton 9, Atlanta Woodall 7, Meghan Pleasants 1, Kiara Jacobs 6, Charneseya Moye 1, Moné Jones 10.
Records—Person 3-20, 0-11 PAC-6; Riverside 10-13, 4-7.