(7-0) Riley Rises to Occasion in Dismantling of Crosstown (3-3) Adams Eagles
December 16th, 2016
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – (7-0) 2-0 Riley faced their toughest test of the season against the (3-3) 1-1 Adams Eagles at sold out Algie Oldham Gymnasium on Friday.
“Well, we’re looking forward to taking this one game at a time.” Head Coach Mark Johnson stated before Friday night’s big contest. Well if Friday night is any indication of that mindset, the Wildcats should buy in.
Riley cruised to a 78-53 victory over their crosstown rival. South Bend Riley had four players score post double-digit points as Damezi Anderson led the team with 28 points, Junior Scott added 16, Shamar Dillard posted 13, and big-man Roland Austin added 10.
Riley led by 12 at halftime and quickly jumped out to a 16 point lead that would continue to grow as the evening progressed. Shooting 7-12 from beyond the arc assisted the Wildcats in snuffing any attempt by Adams to make the game close.
“I always gotta do it, It’s my job!” Junior Forward Damezi Anderson said of leading the team in scoring in all seven victories.
Many speculators (all 3,500 in attendance and the rest of South Bend) believed this contest would be a battle of the stars. Anderson of Riley and Adams Junior Forward Walter Ellis. Ellis, whom has already received multiple scholarship offers, and Anderson, the 5th best Junior in the state according to 24/7, would certainly be battling each other all night.
Ellis ended the game with 12 points while Anderson posted 28. A difference of 16 between the two, resulted in a 25 point victory for Riley.
“We don’t have any superstars, we have players who can play the game. Everybody is just as important as all, and just because you score more points doesn’t mean anything.” Coach Johnson stated of the hyped matchup after the game.
Many takeaways from this contest, but one in particular stands out. Riley still has not lost. They are a win away, Tuesday vs. Plymouth (Saturday’s contest @ Portage has been canceled), from going into Winter Break without a single blemish on their record. Also, they are one of the best teams in the entire state. Their average 16 point margin of victory ranks 40th in the entire state. Mark your calendars, because with Anderson leading the way and this veteran leadership, late March could be a very exciting time on the South Side of South Bend. Riley moves to 7-0.
Game @ Portage on Saturday has been postponed.