Riley Wins Tight Game vs. Crosstown Clay, Makes History
January 27th, 2017
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – (14-0) 7-0 NIC Riley hosted homecoming on Friday vs. crosstown (5-8) 3-5 Clay. The Wildcats entered the contest 13-0, a record tied for the best start in school history. A win on Friday would put this Riley team in the record books. Clay was not going to let that come easy.
Clay opened a four point lead early in the first, but the Wildcats would battle back and lead 14-11 after one. The second quarter saw riley open up a 9 point lead that would shrink back to just 2 halfway through the quarter. Riley ended the first half up 7, but Clay was certainly not going to back down.
Riley would open a 14 point lead in the third quarter that the Colonials would again shrink down to 7 heading into the fourth. A Jaylen Johnson three-pointer with 18 secs remaining dropped the Wildcats lead to just 2, but lackluster defense led to an easy Roland Austin bucket and that was the ballgame. Riley wins 76-70 to move to 14-0.
Riley Junior Forward Damezi Anderson led the team with 21 points while Junior Forward Shamar Dillard added 18. The Wildcats are now 14-0.
Next up for Riley, the Penn Kingsmen at home on Thursday. As the Wildcats look to move to 15-0 on the season, Penn, currently on a 4 game win streak, will look to knock them off. Final from Algie Oldham, Riley 76, Clay 70.