Pirates pull out win over Wildcats
Riverside needed every bit of that padding from a 13-point halftime cushion to hang on for a 42-37 victory over East Chapel Hill at home Tuesday night.
Riverside had to get it done without two of its starters. Freshman point guard Justice Kithcart didn’t play, sidelined with a leg injury that caused him to miss time in recent weeks, and senior shooting guard Al Hughes left the game in the first half with blood running down his face after scoring four points.
Riverside coach Brian Strickland said he believed Hughes, who did not return to the game, had to get stitches.
“Down him and Justice, we fought,” Strickland said. “Our motto for the week was, ‘Fight.’”
The Wildcats certainly made the Pirates put up their dukes.
A 3-pointer by ECH’s Arkavius Parks, who had 13 points overall, made it a 36-35 game with the Wildcats trailing with 2:47 to play.
ECH coach Ray Hartsfield wanted a timeout to talk about it.
The Wildcats had to get quality minutes from a bunch of young guys because Hartsfield had to discipline some of his more experienced players.
A Mike Hodge basket gave Riverside a 40-37 lead.
Strickland then called a timeout to tell his guys to take the air out of the ball with 59.9 seconds left in the game.
Parks nearly stole the ball from Joey Cabrera, but the Pirates ended up with it.
ECH hit the gas on defense and gave Riverside fits.
“East did a good job with their pressure,” Strickland said. “But our guys were tough with the basketball.”
Jordan Jones and Cabrera led Riverside with nine points apiece.
Hartsfield was without one of his best players in Tykeem Woodard, in street clothes with a torn meniscus.
“We were right there,” Hartsfield said. “One stop from winning the ballgame.”
Riverside 42, ECH 37
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Arkavius Parks 13, Louis Levin 2, Jake Hilkey 12, Justen Best 5, Robert Wilson 5.
RIVERSIDE — Mark Harris 5, Jake Kusz 4, Jordan Jones 9, Jordan McCain 2, Joey Cabrera 9, Mike Singletary 5, Mike Tillotson 2, Al Hughes 4, Mike Hodge 4.
Records — ECH 9-9, 0-6 PAC-6; Riverside 8-11, 2-5.
Riverside (G) 53, ECH 20
Riverside’s girls struggled early against East Chapel Hill on Tuesday.
Pirates coach Alicia Jones woke them up at halftime and guided Riverside to a 53-20 home win.
“We had to get into them a little bit,” Jones said of her halftime talk. “We tend to play down and get a little withdrawn in the game and not put ourselves in from the very beginning, and that’s something we’re working on — trying to capitalize coming out there from the jump ball all the way through all four quarters.”
Riverside’s Moné Jones played with an injured ankle, but she still impacted the game with her length on the defensive end, her coach said.
Kiara Jacobs picked up the slack for Riverside, leading all scorers with 16 points.
Meghan Pleasants (six points) put in some work down low, getting a couple of baskets that helped the Pirates outscore the Wildcats 13-1 in the third period.
Riverside 53 (G), ECH 20
EAST CHAPEL HILL — Ali Cyr-Scully 4, Riley Foster 1, Jazmine Daye 4, Adrienne Davis 6, Sarah Towne 5.
RIVERSIDE — Zaria Rogers 10, Shayla Moody 2, Yakima Clifton 5, Atlanta Woodall 9, Meghan Pleasants 6, Kiara Jacobs 16, Moné Jones 5.
Records—ECH 5-11, 1-5 PAC-6; Riverside 9-10, 3-4.