By Molly Seales
On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 3, the Christian Collegiate Academy Bulldogs came to East Point to take on the Riverdale Rebels in the first round of the 2021 MAIS Overall Basketball Tournament. Even though it was an afternoon game, many fans came out to cheer the Rebels on. The Rebels hung with the Class 2A Bulldogs for the first half, but in the second half, the Bulldogs came out and quickly extended their lead. The Rebels ended up falling to the Bulldogs by a score of 79-54.
Caden Long had a great night for the Rebels, scoring 13 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and having 1 steal. Paul Messenger had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Parker Almond was also in double figures with 11 points. He also led in rebounding with 7 boards and had 1 steal. Ty Jones scored 9 points, had 6 rebounds, had 5 assists, and had 1 steal. Denver Williams added 4 points and 6 rebounds. Reagan Huddleston had 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Garrett Wilhite rounded out the scoring with 2 points, and he also had 2 rebounds.
The Rebels will return 4 starters for the 2021-2022 season, so be expecting them to be back strong in the fall. With basketball season officially over, it’s time for spring sports to get into full swing at Riverdale. The golf team, tennis team, and baseball team began practicing this week, and track will start soon.