Riverview boys enjoy midseason winning streak

Caleb Sullivan. Photo by Larry Caruso.

Hank Minckiewicz

A rare off shooting night cost the Riverview boys basketball team a game and a winning streak in Flat Rock on the night of Feb. 4. The Pirates, who had won five straight games, had trouble putting the ball in the basket and fell to the Rams 47-41. It was one of their point totals of the year.

Things started out well enough, with the teams running the court well and trading baskets throughout the first quarter. Riverview led 16-15 at the end of the first eight minutes. But as soon as the second quarter started, the juice cut off.

The Pirates did not score in the second quarter. They had plenty of good looks, inside and out, but could not get even one basket to drop.

Flat Rock could have taken advantage of the Riverview power outage to take control, but they really did not. The Rams scored just five points and led only 20-16 at the intermission.

Things got better in the third quarter, but only marginally. Flat Rock outscored Riverview 14-10 in the period and when Scotty Highers hit a long three-point rainbow from the corner at the buzzer, the Rams had their biggest lead of the night at 34-26.

Riverview went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter and drew to within two-points, but that was as close as the Bucs would come.

Down 46-42 with under a minute to play, the Bucs still had a fighting chance, but the Rams blocked a three-point shot and hit one of two free throws to salt the game away.

Riverview’s Austin Poe was the most dynamic player on the floor. He scored 18 points, 10 of them in the fourth quarter as he fought to get his team back in the game. He had a triple, four two-point baskets and was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. M.R.E. Neal added 12 points, but no other Riverview player had more than five.

The Bucs rode into the Flat Rock game riding the crest of a five game winning streak. The Bucs knocked off  Grosse Ile, Airport, Milan, Flat Rock and Jefferson to improve to 5-2 in Huron League play. The streak bumped Riverview’s record to 7-4 overall.

All five victories were double-digit wins except for the Flat Rock game, which was a 58-56 barn-burner.

The Rams beat Grosse Ile 63-39, Airport 62-40, Milan 66-55 and Jefferson 71-50.

Poe and Neal were the offensive leaders during Riverview’s January surge. Poe had 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Grosse Ile and Neal had 21 in the victory over Jefferson.

The two scoring leaders shared top honors in the win over Milan with 17 points each.

Other notable performances during the win streaks came from Caleb Sullivan, who had nine points and 10 rebounds against Milan; Jimari Moultrie and Neal had 11 points against Grosse Ile; and Jagger Kilburg had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Landon Kincaid had 10 points and 11 rebounds against Jefferson. Kincaid also had 10 rebounds each against Grosse Ile and Milan.

The Bucs played Huron and SMCC during the first week of February and they close out the Huron League season with games against Grosse Ile, Airport, Milan and Jefferson. Riverview plays non-league games with Dearborn Heights Crestwood and Trenton before readying for the Michigan High School Athletic Association district tournament.

The Bucs will be in a Division 1 district hosted by Lincoln Park. Jiing them there will be the host Railsplitters, Allen Park, Southgate Anderson and Wyandotte Roosevelt.

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