- Other Sports
- RPF Staff
- January 03, 2019 - 9:16pm
By Les East
Defending champion Riverside Academy lost for the second time in less than 24 hours when it fell to Miami Palmetto 72-46 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic on Thursday afternoon at the Alario Center.
That consolation bracket loss came on the heels of a 65-61 loss to Christ School (North Carolina) in the final game of the first day of the four-day tournament Wednesday.
The Rebels (5-12) will face Walker at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
“We had opportunities last night and we didn’t seize them, but that’s been our season so far,” Rebels coach Timmy Byrd said. “We’re not finishing out games. (Thursday) we had a couple of guys who looked sluggish and we’re not getting production from five guys at a time so that’s the bottom line.”
All 11 players for Miami Palmetto, which bounced back from a 50-48 loss to Madison Prep on Wednesday, scored and their bench outscored the Riverside bench 31-2.
Jovan DeBrito made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, Josmel Martinez scored 16 and Alexander Rodriguez had 13 points to lead the Panthers (11-4).
The Rebels trailed just 12-11 after the first quarter, but the Panthers started to pull away in the second quarter. Miami Palmetto outscored Riverside 20-11 in the second quarter to take a 32-22 halftime lead and 22-12 in the third quarter to take a 54-36 lead into the final quarter.
Kash Foley scored 19 points, Gage Larvadain had 17 and Isaiah Bigham eight to lead Riverside, which had won the tournament four times in its eight seasons entering this year’s version of the event.
“Everybody expects us to be great every year,” Byrd said. “It’s nice to be great every year, but sometimes you have years like this. We have the ability. We don’t have size, but we have the ability. We have a skilled team, guys that can score, but we just don’t seem to be connected right now. We’ve got to get five guys being connected.”
“The bottom line is our kids have to figure it out and we’ve got to have somebody that’s going to step up and be a leader on our team,” Byrd said, “and until we get that leader that we’re looking for this is going to be the result.”
Sophie B. Wright advanced to the semifinals of the national bracket with an 80-77 victory against Scotlandville. It will face Dunham, which beat Country Day 71-53.
The other semifinal will have Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.), which beat Lakewood Ranch (Fla.) 56-31, facing Madison Prep, which defeated Christ School 62-43.
The boys’ state bracket got under way Thursday as Landry-Walker defeated Lakeshore 73-53, Crescent City defeated Helen Cox 61-34, Hannan defeated Karr 54-53, and Lafayette Christian beat West Jefferson 70-61.
Landry-Walker and Crescent City will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday and Hannan and Lafayette Christian will meet at 1 p.m.
In the consolation bracket, Lakeshore and Helen Cox will meet at 5:30 p.m. and Karr and West Jefferson will meet at 7 p.m.