Riley Bounced in First Round of Sectionals
March 4th, 2017
By Korbett Koselak-Riley High School Senior
SOUTH BEND – By now, everyone has received one version or another of Riley’s first round elimination at the hands of the Sectional Champion Adams Eagles on Wednesday over at the Great Western Forum. My apologies for the delayed article, I have been working with WSBT Radio 96.1 FM throughout the Sectional and lost track of my duties.
Many excuses have arisen in the past few days as to why the once 17-0, 6th ranked, and NIC Co-Champion Riley Wildcats fell in the first round of Sectionals. Many Riley players and coaches have been the subject of memes and jokes around the internet and fans everywhere have displayed anger towards the Adams following.
For everyone who is not a big fan of ‘bragging’, opponent celebration, and perceived ‘cockiness’, WIN! It’s that simple. Had Michael Green not been fouled driving into the lane with two-tenths of a second on the clock and hit both free throws, had Kyreece Parker not consistently hit big threes down the stretch, had Riley not slowed down the offense with a six-point lead and four to play, had the Wildcats hit one more bucket, they would have WON the game. But they didn’t. So let Adams bask in the glory of their Sectional Championship as did Riley the past two seasons.
Root for the Eagles as they did for you on your run to Semi-State. And appreciate the turnaround of their season after a 4-3 start.
Yes, Junior Scott is gone, yes Roland Austin will never again wear a Wildcat uniform, yes Nathan Marino will never again drain a game-tying 25-footer in the waning seconds, but the Adams, Riley rivalry is once again on the upturn. Riley will be on top again, they won by 25 in December.
For now, just realize that 17-0 means nothing, if you’re not still playing past March 1st. For all the players returning next season, take this experience and don’t let it happen again.
“You have to be the best team on the floor that night!” Coach Mark Johnson loves to tell the media. Adams was. And now they play next weekend.
Be there to root on your fellow Team South Bend members at Michigan City next weekend in Regionals. Remember, the Wildcats will rise again! Until next season!