PATTONVILLE — Red River County rivals, the Detroit Eagles and the Rivercrest Rebels, found themselves tied for fourth place in District 15-2A basketball, which led to a “playoff for the playoff” game on Friday night at Prairiland High School.
Sophomores Zachariah Lane and Bradyn English set a fast pace right from the tipoff as they moved the ball quickly into Rebel territory and English nailed a 3-pointer. A quick turnover led to a fast break and another English basket within the first minute of play. The Rebels were off to the races as they swiftly converted turnovers into points by Dakota Patterson and Devon Womack, who added an and-1.
The Eagles answered back with some quick backdoor passes to D.J. Jones, who scored down low, but Rivercrest had them on the ropes as the first quarter ended 24-11 in their favor. Rivercrest sophomore, John Grider, had the game of his career as he gathered rebounds and put-backs with ease.
Rivercrest kept the heat turned up in the second quarter with a big tomahawk block by Womack and some steadfast defense by front men Lane and Grider. Tanner Gibson and Joel Hinson played hard for the Eagles as they combined for 9 points in the first half, while Miles Davis and Cody McCoin battled well on the defensive end of the court. English got loose on a fast break and was fouled hard, which led to an Eagle technical foul. English was good for 3 of the 4 free shots, but a decision was made to let him rest and recover the remainder of the game as the teams entered the half 40-21 in favor of Rivercrest.
The Eagles launched an all-out attack in the third quarter with Hinson and McCoin leading the way. They consistently penetrated in the paint and drew several fouls; however, the charity stripe was not a friend to the Eagles as they only made 10 out of 30 free throws. Shane Crabtree snuffed out the Eagles’ momentum though when he buried a 3-pointer and then hit a jumper from the corner.
Grider continued to crush his competition under the goal with his expansive wing span and left hook shot. Midway through the third quarter, Rivercrest head coach Quincy English, had his reserves in full rotation with several freshman seeing action.
In the final stanza, the game got rough as games tend to do when scores widen and hopes are dashed. All 13 Rebels and all 12 Eagles saw playing time as the game neared the end. Players hustled and played with heart until the final buzzer brought a 70-48 Rebel victory.
Hinson led his Eagles with 11 points, while Jones added 7. McCoin tossed in 6, Davis added 5 and Hunter Crutchfield and O’Neal both scored 4 points.
Lead scorers for the Rebels were Grider, who recorded a season-high 21 points and Lane who attained 9 points. English pitched in 8 points, while Womack and Crabtree each scored 7.
The Rivercrest Rebels will now face the No. 4-ranked Big Sandy Wildcats at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Vernon High School for the bi-district championship.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Detroit: 11 10 12 15 48
Rivercrest: 24 16 16 14 70
Detroit scorers: J. Hinson, 11; D. Jones, 7; McCoin, 6; Davis, 5; Crutchfield, 4; Storey, 4; Carson, 3; Gibson, 3; C. Hinson, 3; Scales, 2
Rivercrest scorers: J. Grider, 21; Z. Lane, 9; B. English, 8; S. Crabtree, 7; D. Womack, 7; D. Patterson, 6; D. Davidson, 4; K. English, 2; P. Franco, 2; C. Randolph, 2; D. Ricks, 2
Detroit FGM: J. Hinson, 4; D. Jones, 3; Crutchfield, 2; Davis, 2; McCoin, 2; Gibson, 1; C. Hinson, 1; O’Neal, 1; Scales, 1
Rivercrest FGM: J. Grider, 10; S. Crabtree, 3; D. Patterson, 3; D. Womack, 3; B. English, 2; D. Davidson, 1; K. English, 1; P. Franco, 1; C. Randolph, 1; D. Ricks, 1
Detroit 3PFGM: Carson, 1; Davis, 1
Rivercrest 3PFGM: S. Crabtree, 1; B. English, 1; J. Grider, 1; Z. Lane, 1
Detroit FT: 10-for-30; J. Hinson, 3-6; O’Neal, 2-2; McCoin, 2-8; Gibson, 1-2; C. Hinson, 1-3; D. Jones, 1-4; Scales, 0-1; Crutchfield, 0-2; Storey, 0-2
Rivercrest FT: 14-for-22; Z. Lane, 6-10; B. English, 3-4; D. Davidson, 2-2; C. Randolph, 2-2; D. Womack, 1-1; J. Grider, 0-1; K. English, 0-2