Riverside dropped a pair of boys basketball games this past weekend, first being upset by Waynesfield-Goshen, 47-38, in a Northwest Central Conference game Friday, Jan. 15, then falling to Fairlawn, 66-45, the following night in a non-league affair.
Waynesfield-Goshen’s zone perplexed Riverside all night in Friday’s NWCC game as the Tigers held the Pirates (5-6 on the season, 2-2 in the NWCC) to a mere four points in the second quarter and 13 points under their season average of 51 points per game.
As a team, the Pirates connected on just 15 shots from the floor on 49 attempts for 31 percent against the Tigers (2-10 overall, 2-2 NWCC). It was their second worst shooting night of the year, having hit only 27 percent of their shots in a loss to Indian Lake, which was also the other only game that Riverside scored less than 42 points. While the Pirates shot a respectable 44 percent from the floor, they went oh-for from beyond the three-point arc against the Tigers, missing all 15 of their attempts from long distance.
Landon Kelsey was the only Pirate to reach double figures in scoring against the Tigers, closing with 14 points. Kelsey also had five rebounds, as did teammates Hunter Kreglow and Ross Stevens.
In the Jan. 16 game at Fairlawn, it was the second half that proved to be Riverside’s downfall. The Pirates grabbed a four-point lead, 30-26, headed into the locker room, only to watch the Jets turn on the afterburners and explode for 40 points while holding the visitors to a mere 15 second-half points in the 66-45 win.
Fairlawn neutralized Kelsey in the Saturday game, allowing him to score only nine points – seven points under his season average – and not sending him to the free throw line all night. Shawn Crawford led the Pirates with 10 points, going 5-for-7 from the floor, while collecting three blocks on the defensive end. The Jets limited the Pirates to just eight offensive rebounds in the game, with four of those being collared by Trey Helmlinger.
Riverside travels south Tuesday, Jan. 19, to play West Liberty-Salem in a non-league game, before returning home to host Ridgemont in an NWCC contest Friday, Jan. 22.