Of Riverside Academy’s numerous turnovers in its Division IV quarterfinal playoff game against Crescent City Christian on Friday in Metairie, two may have proved the most costly.
In a game of runs, a scoring spree by Riverside allowed the Rebels to rally to within two points at 42-40.
After closing the gap to two points, Riverside committed back-to-back turnovers. That helped Crescent City to start a 14-point run of its own to give the Pioneers a 16-point lead on the way to eliminating the Rebels 78-63.
“When they went on their run, that was the difference in the game. The separated and we couldn’t catch up. I thought our effort was really good but we had too many turnovers and missed too many free throws against a team like that,” Riverside coach Timmy Byrd said.
In the Pioneers’ run, other factors besides turnovers hurt the Rebels, according to Byrd.
“In that run, we had gotten a technical foul on a substitution, which really hurt us. I thought it was a lousy call. Two kids went in right in front of each other and they called a technical on the second one coming in. That was a huge swing. That was like a four- or six-point swing. It came at a terrible time and we never recovered from it,” the Riverside coach said.
A very tight defense by Crescent City also gave the Rebels some problems, said Byrd.
“They played their point guard a little differently. They put a 6-4 kid on him and they rotated and they played four or five guys on him and picked him up full court the full game. They did speed us up a little bit and we never did play at a comfortable pace. It seemed like we were in a rush the whole night,” Byrd said.
After Crescent City (21-13) built its lead to 16 points, the Rebels (16-15) could never get closer than 13 points the remainder of the game.
Top-seeded Crescent City advances to take on St. Mary’s in the semifinals. St. Mary’s, the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 seed Southern Lab 44-33.
The Rebels fell behind early, trailing 16-9 after one quarter.
Crescent City built a lead of as much as 15 points in the second quarter, the last time at 31-16.
Riverside scored the final eight points of the second quarter to trail 36-29 at halftime.
“In the first half, we missed nine free throws. We should have been up at halftime,” Byrd said.
The Rebels were outscored 22-13 in the third quarter in falling behind 58-42 heading into the fourth quarter.
Missed free throws continued to hurt the Rebel cause as Riverside finished 7 of 19 from the free-throw line.
Gage Larvadain led Riverside with 26 points while Tairyn Lockhart scored 12 points, with DeJuan Daniels and David Reynaud chipping in 10 apiece.
It was a two-man offensive show for Crescent City with Byron Joshua and Jordin Farrell each scoring 25 points for the Pioneers.