(Des Moines) The Riverside boys basketball season is in the books with 24 wins and 2 losses. The year came to an end with a 73-51 loss to St. Mary's, Storm Lake in the first round of the Class 1A state tournament Monday morning.
Riverside hung with the 2011 state champion Panthers for two and a half quarters, but an 11-2 St. Mary's run late in the third quarter buried the Bulldogs. St. Mary's pair of two time all-tournament team selections Kennedy Drey and Luke Lenhart combined for 61 of St. Mary's 73 points while Riverside's duo Rickey Williams and Brady Ryun posted 34 of Riverside's 51.
St. Mary's ability to close out quarter's provided seperation thoughout the game. Riverside was within one point with late in the first quarter before giving up a 4-0 run to trail by 5 heading into the 2nd period. St. Mary's was equally if not more impressive closing out the third quarter as Riverside had chipped a double digit deficit down to six points late in the third only to see St. Mary's turn the tide and lead by 17 heading into the fourth. St. Mary's put the game out of reach early in the fourth with their agressive play on both ends of the floor.
St. Mary's season continues on to the semi-finals with a 25-1 record. They will see two time defending state finalist Danville in what should be a great semi-final game on Thursday morning.
Riverside says good bye to a pair of seniors that have been apart of one of the most successful runs in school history. Ean Patrick fouled out early in the fourth quarter and finished scoreless in the quarterfinal loss. Patrick though averaged nearly 10 points per game on the season and came up big at times during the tourney trail. Williams final stat line showed 21 points, 17 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 blocked shot, and 1 assist.
Click here for the postgame audio from Riverside senior Ricky Williams
Click here for the postgame audio from coach Jason Shelangouski