By Molly Seales
On Saturday, January 23, the 5th and 6th grade Rebel basketball team travelled to Franklin Academy in Winnsboro to play in the championship tournament. They came in as the #4 team, which set them up for a first-round game against #1 Briarfield. The Briarfield Rebels were every bit as good as their #1 ranking showed. The Riverdale boys 5th and 6th grade team had a good season leading them to play in the semifinal game against Briarfield. Briarfield dominated each quarter and led by a score of 25-6 after 3 quarters. However, the Rebels never backed down. We then saw the Rebels come alive and play like they and all the fans know they can. Cannon Breedlove’s shot got hot and we were making a comeback, but unfortunately it was too late to win the game. The final score was 29-20 in favor of Briarfield.
Cannon Breedlove was high scorer with 12 points. He also had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 6 deflections. Kaden McNeely put 6 points on the board and had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 3 deflections. Preston Eaves was high rebounder with 5 boards. He also had 1 steal, 3 deflections and rounded out the scoring with 2 points. Jackson Hillman had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 4 deflections. Hayden Cason had 1 rebound, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Jax Herold had 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and 2 deflections. Kane Milner had 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 deflections.
Head Coach Brandon Hillman told me, “The Riverdale 5/6 grade boys basketball team faced Briarfield in the semifinal game on Saturday. The boys came up short of victory, but they left everything they had to give on the floor that day. This group of young men is one of the most hardworking, aggressive, and competitive that I’ve ever seen at this age. They learned what it means to play Riverdale basketball, how to win as a team, and how to lose as a team this year. We will miss Cannon Breedlove, Layken Gates, and Preston Eaves as they move forward to JV next year. I look forward to coaching Jax Hearold, Jackson Hillman, Kaden McNealy, Kane Milner-Dortlon, and Hayden Cason next year. The future of Riverdale basketball is bright with this group of young men.”
With 5 players coming back next year, this team should be in contention to bring a championship home to Riverdale. Their future looks bright, and we are very proud of them!