Rebels Edge Cougars in WBC, Both Squads Set for Action

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Rector Cougars dropped their first round game in the Williams Baptist College 58th annual basketball tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as they fell to former conference foes Riverside 76-53.

The Rebels rode the momentum of a strong first half, and took a 49-22 advantage into the locker room at the break. The Cougars adjusted at the intermission, and outscored Riverside in the third and fourth quarters 31-27, paced by Kirk Beshears with 17 of his team-high 21 in the second half of play.

Also in double figure for the Cougars was Hunter McNeely with 12, while Cody Ails finished with 9, Sam Simmons and Trey Rodden had 4 each, Andrew Carter had 2 and Max Ford had a free throw to his credit.

Leading all scorers was Riverside's Dylan Austin, as he finished with 23, including 16 in the first half of the game. Gavin Stone also had a big game for the Rebels with 20.

In the semi-finals the Rebels beat Pocahontas 63-38 and Sloan-Hendrix downed Tuckerman 76-53 to set up the final. In the championship game Riverside jumped to a 22-2 lead, but the Greyhounds battled back to take the title 68-64. It was their sixth WBC title, but the first since 1976.

As for the Cougars, and Lady Cougars, they were slated to host Ridgefield Christian Tuesday evening at RHS with all teams in action. This Friday, Dec. 9, the boys teams are scheduled to visit CRA and next Tuesday, Dec. 13, they'll host White County Central at Rector High. Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars are scheduled to visit Manila on Tuesday, Dec. 13. On Thursday, Dec. 15, both the boys and girls will be in action at home as they host the Marmaduke Greyhounds. The following week both will be playing in the NEA Tournament at Jonesboro.

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