Riley Improves to 3-0 for Third Time Under Johnson
December 6th, 2016
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – Entering Tuesday night, nobody currently enrolled at Riley High School had ever experienced a basketball victory over the St. Joseph Indians. The last time a Riley basketball team, girls or boys, defeated the St. Joseph Indians, was on February 1st, 2013. Looking to complete a perfect 8-0 class record over the Riley Wildcats in basketball, the St. Joseph Indians had to first, defeat the Girls in a game tipping at 6:00 P.M., then finish off the slate with a victory over the boys in the nightcap.
The dominating victory in the early matchup made the Indians a perfect 7-0 against Riley in the last four seasons. The Riley Seniors had one more shot at the St. Joseph Indians.
While it may have been the Seniors who were competing for the last time against the Indians, it was the Juniors who came out in style. Junior Forwards Damezi Anderson and Shamar Dillard each tallied a team high 23 points in the 85-67 victory for the Wildcats. The 29 first quarter points for the Cats set a new season high for points in a quarter.
“They’ve got a lot of confidence in me,” Anderson said of leading the team in scoring for the third consecutive game, “They really look up to me and see that I can score with the ball.” Anderson continued.
Junior Forward Marlon Taylor set a new season high with 12 points off the bench in the win. “We can get much better as long as we keep our attitude positive, continue to play as one, and have confidence in our coach.” Taylor said of this team’s ceiling.
Through three games of the 2016-2017 campaign for this Riley Boys Basketball team we’ve established a single thing: THEIR FLOOR. This Riley Wildcats basketball team will win 20 games. Read that again, this Riley Basketball team will win 20 games, that’s the “floor.” However, there is something that is yet to be established: THEIR CEILING. A little glimpse of this so-called “ceiling” was on display in the first quarter of Tuesday’s matchup with St. Joe when the Wildcats put up 29 points. Coach Mark Johnson stresses playing 32 minutes of basketball, until the final whistle blows. If in fact, the Riley Wildcats can do that during the stretch run of this season, the “ceiling”, might as well be the sky. Final from South Bend, Indiana, South Bend Riley 85, South Bend St. Joseph 67.