BELLEFONTAINE – Jesse Kean’s offensive rebound and put-back basket with four seconds left on the clock capped a 6-0 run by Riverside in the last 1:02 of regulation, sending the Pirates’ game against host Benjamin Logan into overtime, where Landon Kelsey went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line as the Pirates tripped the Raiders, 57-54, in non-league boys basketball action Nov. 27.
Riverside held the lead for the first 24 minutes of the game, until Ben Logan slapped on a press in the fourth and exploded for 18 points in the frame, at one point building an eight-point lead with about four minutes left in the quarter. But the Pirates were finally able to find a handle on the ball, and thanks to three big defensive rebounds by Shane Crawford, were able to climb out of the six-point hole they dug for themselves with just over a minute to play.
Kean hit another jumper in OT, as did Ross Stevens, while Kelsey drained four of his team-high 21 points from the charity stripe as the Pirate zone was able to keep the Raiders off balance and out of reach for the four extra minutes. Kean closed with 10 points, as did teammate Trey Helmlinger. Crawford closed the game with six points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.
Ben Logan’s Grant Ricketts led all scorers with 22 points, hitting four treys in the contest, including one in overtime.
As a team, the Pirates turned the ball over 18 times, with many of those coming in the fourth quarter when the Raiders threw on the press; but they also had a whopping 21 steals – eight by Kelsey alone – and had 11 assists on their 22 baskets.
Riverside will now have two weeks to prepare for its next game, a Dec. 11 affair at home against Temple Christian, starting a stretch of five games in eight days for the Pirates. The Pirates open Northwest Central Conference play Dec. 18 at home against Lima Perry.