BUCYRUS – The Riverdale Falcons invaded and dominated Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Bucyrus Redmen never held a lead in the entire ball game and dropped their second in a row by way of a 57-42 score.
The Falcons controlled form the opening tip going on a 9-0 run before the Redmen could get on the board.
“That was big and we have been talking all season about dividing quarters into four minute battles,” Riverdale coach Craig Taylor said. “When we win the four minute battles it is a lot easier than playing from behind.”
The young Redmen responded cutting the Falcon lead to 19-11 by the end of the quarter. It was the veterans of the ball club that paced the Redmen in the opening quarter. Zane Richardson and Keegan Sims, both seniors, combined for eight points in the frame. Their efforts caught coach Tony Rose’s attention.
“Those two will be named my captains,” Rose said. “At one point I had four sophomores on the floor at the same time and Richardson and Sims were on my bench. It would be easy for them to not deal with that but they bought into what we were trying to do and for that they earned a captain spot.”
The Redmen went into the halftime locker room with a 36-20 deficit to try to overcome. They would come out and win the second half 22-21 but it was not enough to earn the victory. Still, Rose saw some progression.
“That is a huge positive for our guys to come out and win the second half,” Rose said. “They also showed that they are coachable.”
The Redmen gave up easy baskets because of a lack of transition defense. Rose broke out a halftime speech about his playing days as a point guard and his offensive rebounding responsibilities.
“I maybe had seven total offensive rebounds in my career because a point guards responsibilities are to get back and not give up any layups,” Rose said. “I told the guys that and Gram Dick did a heck of a job of making sure he was back on defense.”
The Redmen defense shined in the third quarter giving up just six Riverdale points. They forced five turnovers as well.
Riverdale checked off an on-going goal.
“We want to hold opponents to under 50 points every night,” Taylor said. “It wasn’t the way we wanted to finish the game but I told the guys ‘we are 2-1 so enjoy it’”
Levi Stauffer led all scorers with 15 points including three treys. Isaiah Hicks chipped in with 12 points and 17 rebounds while Jackson Hankins added 12 points. The Falcons improved to 2-1 on the year and will host Van Buren on Friday.
Richardson paced the Redmen with 11 points including three deep treys. Sims chipped in with 9 points and four steals. Clinton Carr helped out with eight points and nine boards. The Redmen drop to 0-2 and will travel to Crestview on Saturday.
Riverdale 19-17-6-15 — 57
Bucyrus 11-9-8-14 — 42
Riverdale: 19-51 FG, 10-15 FT, 3-8 3pt. (Stauffer 3) 41 rebounds (Dusseau 17), 14 turnovers, 11 Assists (Hankins 4), Steals 10 (Stauffer 4). Scoring: Stauffer 4 4 15; Dusseau 5 2 12; Hankins 4 4 12; Hughes 3 0 6; Hicks 2 0 4; Hough 2 0 4; Miller 1 0 2.
Bucyrus: 9-28 FG, 6-17 FT, 5-15 3pt. (Richardson 3, Sims 1, Heinlen 1) 26 rebounds (Carr 8), 16 turnovers, 8 Assists (Carr 5), Steals 8 (Sims 4). Scoring: Richardson 4 0 11; Sims 4 0 9; Carr 2 4 8; Dick 2 0 4; Johnston 1 1 3; Heinlen 1 0 3; Johnson 1 0 2; Evans 0 1 1.