(Oakland) After a trip to substate two years ago and a disappointing early exit last season, the Riverside Bulldogs have high hopes of making the state state tournament this year in boys basketball. The team took another step closer Tuesday with their 56-29 win against CAM.
Riverside held CAM to just 12 first half points and rolled out to a thirty point lead through the first three quarters. CAM's main objective was to slow down state leading scorer and rebounder Ricky Williams. They were able to do that for one half, but Williams came on in the second half scoring 13 of his 15 after the break. He also snared 13 rebounds. Brady Ryun added a dozen points for the now 22-1 Bulldogs.
The district final game will be held in Treynor and is scheduled for Thursday, but could likely be pushed back to Friday. The opponent is 14-9 Underwood, a team that ousted West Harrison 78-43 in the district semi-finals. Riverside swept Underwood in the regular season with a 7 point victory in early January and a 67-49 win on February 1st.
The winner of the district final will play either Sidney or Villisca in substate on Saturday. Riverside has not been to a state boys basketball tournament. They qualified as Oakland in 1985 and 1986.
Click here for the interview with Riverside coach Jason Shelangouski