When the Rebels took the court to start the second half Tuesday afternoon they came with a different look than in the first half. Riverdale went on to edge DeSoto School 49 to 44.
DeSoto School controlled the opening tip and scored first. In fact the Rebels were down by 5 after the first quarter. Second quarter saw the Rebels and Thurderbirds trade baskets with Riverdale on top at the half by two points.
The Rebels seemed like they heard some profound words of wisdom from Coach Ty Hester in the locker room. Attitude and performance seemed different. They quickly put some scoring distance between themselves and DeSoto and held at least a 5-point margin for the rest of the game.
Ty Jones looked a bit down in the mouth in the second half when he went to the free-throw line and missed twice. But he made up for it shortly after with a three pointer from well outside the circle. Jones put up a total of 17 points to lead the Rebel attach. Reagan Huddleston had a great game on offense and defense. He added 10 points to the total. Parker Almond put up 9. Denver Williams had an outstanding day grabbing the rebounds and he scored 7 points. Caden Long and Paul Messenger each contributed 3.
The final game Tuesday saw the Delta Academy Raiders dominate the Tensas Academy Chiefs 96 to 68. That means Riverdale will face Delta in the semi-final game at 7:00 pm Friday night.
Journal Sports will provide live play-by-play of both Riverdale games Friday. You will get a text shortly before each game begins.