Riverside hosts Mauldin Friday, January 9, 2015 at Riverside High in Greer.
GREER – Mauldin’s boys basketball team has had many questions and few answers thus far at the midway point of the season. On Friday at Riverside, the Mavericks had nothing but answers as it stunned the hosts 68-61 to snap a 10-game losing streak and capture its first Region 2-AAAA win of the season.
“We needed that one, we really did,” said Mauldin coach Jeff Harrelson, whose team dropped a heart-breaker to Boiling Springs at the buzzer on Tuesday. “We’ve still been playing hard and practicing hard, and tonight it paid off.”
Riverside raced out to an 11-0 lead, but Mauldin (2-12, 1-3) kept its composure and whittled down the deficit before taking its first lead with 4:11 left in the second period.
“We had some guys step up and make plays that they haven’t done all year,” Harrelson said.
One of those players was sophomore guard Tay Mangle, who scored 14 points and dished out seven assists. Mangle scored six points in a row at one point in the first quarter, a run that helped spark the Mavericks’ rally.
“We really were’t focused at the beginning,” Mangle said. “We were a little selfish at first, but we started pushing each other and started playing as a team.”
Riverside (7-8, 0-4) tried to pull back, but the Mavericks seemed to score a bucket or get a defensive stop every time the Warriors threatened.
“Mauldin did a fantastic job of withstanding that first run we had, and from there we had a real rough time getting things clicking,” Riverside coach Greg Miller said.
Including Mangle, Mauldin placed four players in double-figure scoring. Grayson Reames led with 15 points. Quincey Nolan scored 14 and Jacob Ownby added 11.
Riverside got a game-high 19 points from Myles Smith and 13 from Alan Caldwell.
•In the girls’ game, Mauldin’s fast-paced attack and pressure defense was too much for Riverside as the Mavericks walked away with a 56-33 victory.
“We’ve been on a little run since we started region play,” said Mauldin coach Saylor Fox, whose team has won three in a row. “The girls are doing everything I asked, and we’re responding in the right way.”
Dah’vielle Lucas paced Mauldin (6-8, 3-1) with 15 points. Jakayla Green added 13 points and Khalia Shaw 11.
Brooke Jordan-Brown of Riverside (4-9, 0-4) led all scorers with 24 points.