Riley Picks Up Where They Left Off, Begin 2017 With a Victory
January 3rd, 2016
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – (9-0) 3-0 NIC South Bend Riley defeated (2-6) 0-4 Bremen on Tuesday 96-48 at Algie Oldham.
“My only superstition is when the other team has more talented players.” Riley Coach Mark Johnson expressed to his team pre-game. “Fear nobody, respect everybody.”
The Wildcats, winners of 15 of 16 dating back to last season, certainly were not going to fear a Bremen team that has lost 16 of their last 18 contests. But we’re they going to respect them as a viable opponent.
It was not the case early, as Bremen would quickly jump out to an early 6 point lead. After a timeout was taken by Mark Johnson, the Wildcats would rebound and end the first quarter up 20-14. Riley went into the halftime locker room leading 41-24. The game would never be closer than 17 again as Riley cruised to a victory.
“We didn’t start out real well, but we finished real strong. And that’s the most important thing. Not how you start, but how you finish.” Riley Coach Mark Johnson emphasized after the game.
Riley certainly finished strong. It is not often that a team scores 41 first half points and is approaching the century mark in the fourth quarter. With the bench leading the way Riley would score 55 second half points. Nathan Marino led the team in scoring with 20 points and Damezi Anderson scored 15. Marlon Taylor and Shamar Dillard each tallied 12.
Friday, at historic Northside gym, the 8-1 Elkhart Central Blue Blazers welcome South Bend Riley. Elkhart Central’s best start in school history. The biggest regular season game in a while for either school. The GYM will be rocking. Until then, Riley remains unbeaten. 9-0 for the first time since 1972.